Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dr. Vandana Shiva and Maude Barlow On The Rights Of Mother Earth

This week the United Nations General Assembly discussed international standards that grant nature equal rights to humans. Similar protocols have been adopted by over a dozen U.S. municipalities, as well as Bolivia and Ecuador. Renowned environmentalists Maude Barlow and Vandana Shiva join us. Says Shiva, "Most civilizations of the world, for most of human history, have seen the world in terms of relatedness and connection,” says Shiva. "And if there’s one thing the rights of Mother Earth is waking us to, is: we are all connected." [includes rush transcript]

Dr. Vandana Shiva and Maude Barlow on the Rights of Mother Earth

Dr. Shiva is correct. We have to stop this "environmental apartheid" we practice and finally realize that we are connected to nature and work with her in order to preserve this planet and us. That is especially true regarding water, which is slowly replacing oil as a tool for war and a weapon of oppression. Once you sever your relationship with the resource it no longer is respected and becomes only a "commodity" to be used for profit that serves no good purpose. Current events are dictating to us that unless we reconnect and work harder to stand up for the true things of worth in this world we will lose it all. Recognizing the rights of Mother Earth is a first step to the goal of this realization.

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