Remember that iconic video clip of hippies wailing in the forest about the death of the trees?
I always thought it must be a parody, but now I’m not so sure.
An article published in the Globe and Mail suggests that the natural progression of human rights is to grant rights to trees.
Normally I’d just toss this sort of thing aside as run-of-the-mill environmentalist nuttiness.
But as the article points out, in the past year alone -from India to New Zealand, four rivers, two glaciers and a so-called sacred mountain have been granted legal personhood.
In Columbia, the Supreme Court declared that the Amazon is a legal person with rights to be protected, conserved and restored. But the same environmentalists lobbying for personhood for trees and rivers are often the same ones denying personhood to the unborn in an effort to combat climate change.
Many “mainstream” environmentalist organizations cite abortion rights as a way to save the planet.
Today, I’ll tell you why we have to start paying attention because, at least in Canada, the people making these arguments about tree rights and abortion to save the planet, are very close to the most powerful people in the county.