On April 22, 2009, the UN General Assembly voted unanimously on a resolution designating the 22’nd of April each year as International Mother Earth Day. That’s right, it’s Mother Earth day, not just Earth day.
What’s the difference? Well, Earth Day is an attempt to raise awareness about our natural environment. It is mis-guided and anti-human. However, Mother Earth Day is far worse. It is an attempt to humanize the entire planet, in order to give it rights.
The planet has no consciousness and therefore cannot have rights. The application of the term “Mother” is absurd. My Mother cared for me and sacrificed her time and energy for my life. The planet cannot care for us, it cannot sacrifice, it has no time to spend nor energy to devote.
Yes, without the planet we wouldn’t exist. Does this fact alone make the earth a Mother? No. The sun is the reason the earth exists. Well, perhaps we can call him “Father Sun”? No, because he only exists because of fundamental laws of physics. Should we designate next week “International Parental Physics Week”?
Mothers are not uncaring pieces of rock. They are not emotionless expanses of water. They are far more than even the most beautiful meadows or awe-inspiring mountain landscapes: They are human.
I propose a new name for today, the “International Pretending Rocks Have Rights Day”