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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth ( Give us The Money!)

The International Journal of Socialist Renewal reports on a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth adopted by World People's Conference in Bolivia recently. Anyone who thought the last gasp of socialism went with the Berlin wall can think again. We hold that the capitalist system and the developed capitalist countries as the main cause of climate change generated climate debt.
Given the socialist nature of the event ,continual references to Mother Earth seem rather sexist to me - why not Father Earth or Gender-Neutral Earth or Comrade Earth to list some alternatives.

  Meanwhile in this manifesto Article 1.5 says that no distinction shall be made between organic or non-organic beings which I suppose means that a rock is just as important as a human being! Who could honestly sit down and write this nonsense.

Article 1. Mother Earth

(1) Mother Earth is a living being.

(2) Mother Earth is a unique, indivisible, self-regulating community of interrelated beings that sustains, contains and reproduces all beings.

(3) Each being is defined by its relationships as an integral part of Mother Earth.

(4) The inherent rights of Mother Earth are inalienable in that they arise from the same source as existence.

(5) Mother Earth and all beings are entitled to all the inherent rights recognized in this Declaration without distinction of any kind, such as may be made between organic and inorganic beings, species, origin, use to human beings, or any other status.

(6) Just as human beings have human rights, all other beings also have rights which are specific to their species or kind and appropriate for their role and function within the communities within which they exist.

(7) The rights of each being are limited by the rights of other beings and any conflict between their rights must be resolved in a way that maintains the integrity, balance and health of Mother Earth.

Of course the business end of the document gets down to surprise,surprise , money and lots of it.
We demand the enforcement of the payment of climate debt'
They then explain the concept of Climate Debt  and then break the invoice up to various components
a) Emissions debt – We understand as the emissions debt the over-use of space atmospheric by greenhouse gas pollution by developed countries, taking into account the equal rights of all countries in the world to have access to the use and enjoyment of atmospheric space.

Developed countries must compensate as follows:
• They are required to reduce high concentrations of greenhouse gases they caused.
• They also have to reduce their emissions and absorb greenhouse gases.
• They must ensure a space for development for poor countries.
We express our rejection of the fact that developed countries decide to choose freely how deep cuts they intend to do, as proposed in the Copenhagen Accord.
b) Development debt – Developing countries are entitled to the same opportunities for development, to provide basic services to the entire population, and a degree of industrialisation which allows the country’s economic independence. But this development must not harm the environment and atmosphere. To achieve this development within a highly restricted access to the atmospheric space, they need access to all technologies – according to their worldview – for the development and funding required for its implementation.
Among the technologies we require are: recycling of waste materials, improvement of traditional techniques with new technologies, access to clean energy sources – solar, wind and biogas digesters, forms of protection against natural disasters, research into vaccines and medicines diseases enhanced by climate change, among others.
c) Adaptation debt – The impacts of climate change make the rain lose its seasonality, loss of fresh water sources, increased hail, frost, droughts, floods. They decrease crop and livestock production. The population is suffering from an increase in various diseases. These impacts have many implications at the economic and developmental level, therefor those who caused the climate crisis have the responsibility to compensate all damage, through: investing (with funding and technology) in the prevention of major impacts, full compensation for the negative impacts that actually happen and compensating opportunity costs, which involve the deviation of development funds, among others.
d) Migration debt – Due to climate impacts, millions of people find their own land uninhabitable, converting them into climate migrants. The compensation of the migration debt implies that the so called "developed" countries must drop its restrictive migration policies, receiving them in their countries with dignity, and recognition of their human rights and cultural rights.
e) Debt to Mother Earth – The debt to Mother Earth is impossible to compensate completely, because the atrocities committed by humanity have been too terrible. However, the minimum compensation of this debt consists of:
• Recognition of the damage done.
• Restoration of harmony with Mother Earth.
• Adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Mother Earth’s Rights [above], to ensure that the same abuses will never be repeated in future. This is to ensure that capitalism and the drive for profit does not contravene the ultimate interests of Mother Earth and the peoples of the world.
3. How can debt be compensated?
Compensation for climate debt is to be done through multiple ways, which complement each other. Indispensible minimal elements are:
• The re-absorption and cleaning the atmosphere by developed countries.
• Payment in technology (eliminating patents) and in knowledge according to our worldview for both clean development and for adaptation to developing countries.
• Financing.
• Changes in immigration laws that allow us to offer a new home for all climate migrants.
• The adoption of the Declaration on the Mother Earth’s Rights.
In addition we need to work on the structural causes that caused the climate debt, providing education for children, political awareness and respect for Mother Earth.
Climate debt is part of a larger ecological debt, which in addition to gas emissions includes all environmental damages that were made in developing countries for the benefit of developed countries.
4. Strategies to ensure climate debt compensation
To ensure full compliance with the climate debt the following are needed:
• The establishment of an international body that determines the responsibilities of polluter countries.
• The creation of an impartial International Tribunal for Climate Justice, which has jurisdiction in cases of default of repayment of the debt.
• Encourage a research study the responsibilities of climate change, determining the climate debt.
• Promote international awareness that the fulfilment of the climate debt is an obligation on the part of developed countries, and is not aid granted us.
5. Conclusions
We hold that the capitalist system and the developed capitalist countries as the main cause of climate change generated climate debt.
From this conference we demanded the enforcement of the payment of climate debt.
We, who live in harmony with Mother Earth, are her main defenders; from here we call on all humanity to join the struggle for the preservation of life.
This is all pretty silly stuff to start with but with the unravellling of the Global Warming Scam it is looking completely dumb!That's enough for me - I'm off to visit my friend and equal, the  rock in my front yard for some quality time!

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