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Global Warming Hysteria: Pushing Rights of Nature at Durban

Wesley J. Smith
First Things [1]
Sunday, December 11, 2011

Over at the warming skeptical blog Climate DepotLord Monckton analyzed the proposals for a comprehensive anti global warming treaty. [2] There is much he describes about which to be alarmed and oppose implacably.  For example, apparently an international global warming court is contemplated.  Goodbye national sovereignty, but that is part of the point isn’t it?

Within the jurisdiction of Secondhand Smoke,we see a push to enact the “rights of nature,” against which I have written before [3].  I decided to check the document itself, and sure enough.  From “Update of the Amalgamation of Draft Texts in Preparation of a Comprehensive and Balanced Outcome to be Presented to the Conference of the Parties for adoption at its seventeenth session,” pp. 138-139: [4]

Impacts:…

38. Ensuring the full respect of human rights, including the inherent rights of indigenous  peoples, women, children, migrants and all vulnerable sectors;

39. [Recognizing promoting and defending the rights of nature to guarantee harmony between humanity and nature ensuring the prevalence of all elements of nature over market interests].

40. [Ensuring that ecological functions of Mother Earth will not be commodified inorder to guarantee the rights of nature;]

This is nothing less than a proposed official adoption of an international earth religion that seeks to impose a neo paganism on us all. [5]

I understand this is draft language that might well not make the final cut. But I believe that many GWHics would enthusiastically accept the rights of nature, and in a heartbeat, which would destructively:

Talk about eating your own tail!  Whatever the merits or demerits of the warming hypothesis, this “solution” is a catastrophe in the making.  Nature doesn’t have rights. Humans have duties, to properly husband the world to be sure, but also to our own prosperity and thriving.