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Should nature be given rights enshrined in law?
Deutsche Welle ^ | 02.05.2020 | Ruby Russell

Posted on 02/05/2020 8:19:22 PM PST by Olog-hai

“We see ourselves not as an owner of wild rice but a symbiotic partner and a parallel entity from the Creator,” says Frank Bibeau, a lawyer from the Anishinaabe indigenous group in the United States and Canada.

Harvesters use flailing sticks to beat the wild rice — or manoomin, by its Anishinaabe name — and release grain into the air. “A good portion of the rice gets sent out in all directions to reseed the rice. Maybe half of it or a little more falls into the canoe for food,” Bibeau explains. “So we are part of the natural reseeding process ourselves.”

Seeking ways to block an oil pipeline through the Great Lakes ecosystem where his people and the rice have thrived together for generations, Bibeau designed legislation granting wild rice its own rights under tribal law.

According to the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) that advised Bibeau on the legislation, manoomin is the first plant in the world to be granted rights. But it joins a growing number of rivers, forests, and characterizations of nature as a whole, that are protected by “rights of nature” laws around the world. […]

It was in this spirit that Ecuador became the first country to enshrine the rights of nature — personified as Pachamama, the Andean earth goddess — in its constitution, in 2008. […]

Residents of Toledo, a city on the shores of heavily polluted Lake Erie in the US state of Ohio, voted to give the lake rights. A local farm responded by filing a lawsuit claiming this violated the rights of agribusinesses. …

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TOPICS: Food; Outdoors; Society
KEYWORDS: envirowackos; gaiaworship; manoomin; pachamama; paganism; plantrights; rightsofnature; socialism
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1 posted on 02/05/2020 8:19:22 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Mushrooms will rule us all


2 posted on 02/05/2020 8:26:13 PM PST by a fool in paradise (We need a tax to stamp out Communism- If you espouse Marxism we’ll redistribute all of your money.)
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To: Olog-hai

Why can’t everybody just get along ?


3 posted on 02/05/2020 8:28:16 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Olog-hai

“Should nature be given rights enshrined in law?”

You can’t “give” a right.


4 posted on 02/05/2020 8:30:37 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Epstein pulled a Carradine, the bozo.)
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To: Olog-hai

No.

I dont trust those who would ‘speak for nature’.


5 posted on 02/05/2020 8:38:15 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not Averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Olog-hai

“Should nature be given rights enshrined in law?”

No.


6 posted on 02/05/2020 8:38:26 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: SaxxonWoods

Nope, but you can guarantee/protect them through laws.


7 posted on 02/05/2020 8:39:31 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not Averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Olog-hai
Harvesters use flailing sticks to beat the wild rice...

I see the problem right there. Have they tried talking to the rice?

8 posted on 02/05/2020 8:40:38 PM PST by IncPen ("Inside of every progressive is a Totalitarian screaming to get out" ~ David Horowitz)
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To: a fool in paradise

They already do....


9 posted on 02/05/2020 8:41:21 PM PST by Fungi
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To: Secret Agent Man

“I don’t trust those who would ‘speak for nature”

This.


10 posted on 02/05/2020 8:42:05 PM PST by avenir
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To: Olog-hai

Idolatry.


11 posted on 02/05/2020 8:46:19 PM PST by familyop ("Welcome to Costco. I love you." - -Costco greeter in the movie, "Idiocracy")
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To: Olog-hai

Should twits be allowed to lived?


12 posted on 02/05/2020 8:56:46 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Olog-hai

No.


13 posted on 02/05/2020 8:58:07 PM PST by Calamari (Pass enough laws and everyone is guilty of something.)
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To: Olog-hai

The natural thing is to decay. Nature doesnt need rights...it takes what it wants. Pretty soon the brain deads are gonna pray to the tornado to be fair in whom it kills.


14 posted on 02/05/2020 9:07:07 PM PST by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: Olog-hai
How about first recognizing that unborn children have rights?

Regards,

15 posted on 02/05/2020 9:09:09 PM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: Secret Agent Man
I dont trust those who would ‘speak for nature’.

Good point! Who can claim to be "nature's" spokesman?

Regards,

16 posted on 02/05/2020 9:09:57 PM PST by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.)
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To: Olog-hai
Let them organize and petition for rights on their own.

-PJ

17 posted on 02/05/2020 9:12:27 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (Freedom of the press is the People's right to publish, not CNN's right to the 1st question.)
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To: Olog-hai

Nature has rights. Natural rights. Just like men because men are natural.
Nature doesn’t have civil rights.


18 posted on 02/05/2020 9:15:08 PM PST by TigersEye (MAGA - 16 more years! - KAG)
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To: Olog-hai

Oh great.

Let’s give poison ivy equal protection under the law


19 posted on 02/05/2020 9:19:57 PM PST by digger48
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To: Olog-hai

More “noble savage” claptrap.


20 posted on 02/05/2020 9:24:35 PM PST by IronJack
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