In 2009, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution to create International Mother Earth Day, as recorded by Essayist Bron Taylor. The initiative [led by Bolivia], as explained on the UN International website, is "an acknowledgment that the Earth and its ecosystems are our home and that, in order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth."
On April 20th 2011, UN diplomats devoted a day of debates related to humanity being in Harmony with Nature. They set out to discuss an established legislation that "defends the right to life for all living things" -- including animals, plants and terrain.
Why is it that such a profoundly beneficial and self-preserving movement is deemed socialistic, pagan and all-in-all a waste of vital time and resources by the conservative core [which mainly erupts its opposition from capitalist countries]?
You can't get through even the very first sentence of the Fox News coverage of the UN diplomatic talks on the rights of Mother Earth without picking-up on the oozing discontempt directed toward an issue [environmental preservation] that they appear to label as less than important, relatively. One UN watchdog was quoted in the Fox report as stating " the General Assembly's focus on Mother Earth distracts from more pressing issues and problems at the U.N."
I find it ghastly, to say the least, that the livelihood of our ONE AND ONLY planet would be considered any less vital than matters of international peace and security. Caring for and protecting this sole celestial body able to support our existence is not an endangerment to politics or religion; it is imperative if we expect "said existence" to continue.
This is not about left versus right; this is about keeping our HOME clear of environmental contamination-- poisons that will slowly pervade the world and steal its life. To destroy our planet is to destroy ourselves. How is this any less than pressing?