3. The Earth Charter, a New “Ten Commandments”
The proposed Earth Charter presented at Rio 92 was not accepted because governments failed to reach a consensus.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Secretary General of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and later President of the Soviet Union, has dedicated himself to the promotion of ecological principles. To this end, he founded a non-governmental organization called Green Cross International. He wrote a first draft of the Earth Charter with Maurice Strong, chairman of the Rio 92 summit. This text, which received several additions over time, has not yet been officially approved by the UN.
However, in an interview with The Los Angeles Times on May 8, 1997, Gorbachev expressed the hope that this would happen some day: “We also need a new international environmental legal code rooted in an Earth charter – a covenant similar to the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights…. My hope is that this charter will be a kind of Ten Commandments, a ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ that provides a guide for human behavior toward the environment in the next century and beyond.”
Such expressions are very rich in meaning. Indeed, Catholic exegetes consider the Sermon on the Mount to be a synthesis of the teachings preached by Our Lord Jesus Christ, just as the Ten Commandments are a code of conduct that summarizes the Old Testament and is still valid in the New Testament.
Instead, environmentalism proposes another “Decalogue” and another “Sermon on the Mount” that call for a materialistic, secular and pantheistic civilization. This is what we will now see.
4. Rio 92 Opens a New Phase of Environmentalist Terrorism
From Rio 92 until today, environmentalists have gradually revealed their purpose and applied their radical methods. They have set up a scientific apparatus to justify their psychological terrorism and an inquisition against persons or classes opposed to their new Decalogue. In an article titled “Rio 92: Appearance and Profound Reality,” Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira expounds a few points (subtitles are from the article itself):
Universal Ecological Authority – “The meeting of heads of state was a first step towards the establishment of a world ecological authority under which all nations would disappear to form one universal magma.”
“Almost all private organizations are formed by religions. Ecumenists proposed that by praying and holding ceremonies together, God (who is this god? Buddha? Brahma?) would influence the minds of heads of state to make resolutions in line with the goals of these organizations. Hovering over these NGO meetings was an understanding that all religions are equal. To this radical ecumenism, often condemned by the Church, to be a Catholic, Buddhist, Brahmanist or a sun worshiper are all the same thing. To make this point more than a mere hypothesis, let us recall that the Dalai Lama visited participating NGOs and was also at the meeting of heads of state. He is the head of a pantheistic religion practiced in Asia, particularly in Tibet, with millions of followers, who denies the existence of a personal God and Creator. Specialists in occult sects indicate Tibet as the world’s leading center of the radiation of occultism and say that all occult religions are inspired by the preaching of the Dalai Lama, who is a kind of high priest. He was received with such honors as to be addressed as “your holiness”, just like the Pope. He was thus implicitly recognized as the head of that Babel of religions.”
Pantheistic Egalitarianism – “When examining the doctrines of these occult religions, one finds a common denominator among them: pantheism, the doctrine that there is no personal God but a divine force that pervades the whole universe, our planet being one of the most important points of concentration of this force. In their view there is something divine in minerals, vegetables, animals, and also in men. Man is not the king of the universe as the Genesis says but a servant of the universe. Therefore he must be at the service of the Earth rather than the other way around. In essence, man would be equal to animals, vegetables and minerals – clearly an extreme egalitarianism. This is a revolution against the legitimate authority of the Holy Catholic Church and also opposed to the authorities governing the states.”
The Indian Taken As a Model – “A present current of scientists influenced by certain philosophical and religious convictions claims that we must take the Indian as a model of human behavior. The insinuation is that civilization plunders the earth and that tribal life is the ideal that man must pursue. This current contends that reasoning is a flawed instrument to know the truth and as a consequence, science and progress, which are based on reasoning, must also be eliminated. Of course we must put an end to theology too, which is the application of intelligence to Revelation so man can obtain, by deduction, new theological knowledge from the revealed texts. Therefore, let there be no more Church, Theology, or State. Everything must appear loose, runaway and disconnected as it is among Indians.”
Preternatural Action – “Among the NGOs there were spiritualists, Umbandists etc. who indulge in communication with the beyond and other such practices. Such practices, born outside the Church and in an attitude of religious indifferentism condemned by the Holy See, can result from unhealthy imaginations or from a preternatural action by the devil. This is why the Church is very careful with apparitions and private revelations. In the likely hypothesis that this is of diabolical origin, the devil would be thus projecting the shadow of his banner upon the whole earth.”
5. Reactions against These Follies
Contrary to the usually presented facade, adherence to the concepts and principles espoused by Rio 92 was not unanimous. Among the dissenting voices were 264 world-renowned scientists, including 52 Nobel Prize winners. They made an appeal to the heads of state present at the conference, expressing concern about the “emergence of an irrational ideology opposed to scientific and industrial progress and harmful to social and economic development.” A public conference titled “Rio 92 – Alternative Voices,” promoted by the Brazilian Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) and other relevant organizations, which was held at the Copacabana Palace Hotel.
During the November 2011 pro-life conference of Human Life International in São Paulo, confirming the predictions of Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Msgr. Juan Claudio Sanahuja denounced the UN and other organizations seeking to influence countries with their anti-life policies and proposal of a universal religion. He cited The Earth Charter, authored among others by Leonardo Boff, a leader of Liberation Theology, as an icon of this universal religion. Boff defended the Earth Charter at the UN General Assembly by saying: “The Earth is the Universal Mother, the Earth itself is alive. It used to be the Fecund Mother. For this end has appeared the Earth Charter, which UNESCO has recognized as an educational instrument. The Earth Charter presents guidelines to save it, looking at it with understanding and love. What is needed is spirituality, not creeds or doctrines.”
Msgr. Juan Claudio Sanahuja refutes all such claims. He highlighted the need to rescue “the human family founded on marriage between a man and a woman, the defense of human life from conception to its natural end, and the rights of parents to educate their children.” And he denounced the UN and its agencies for their strategy of promoting a “new universal religion without dogmas.”
6. Environmentalism’s Neo-Communist Agenda and Harmful Activities
In Brazil, a Catholic country respectful of civil liberties and thus averse to their agenda, neo-communist environmentalists have done their deplorable work over the years. And so we have come to the present situation in which indigenists, maroons, anti-progress hotheads, socialists, land-reformists and many other activists of various hues have managed to freeze 74% of the country’s territory from agriculture and cattle-raising. This onslaught has resulted in the imposition of a new Forest Code, an absurd environmentalist piece of legislation with over 16,000 articles. Fraught with numerous obstacles to progress, it has hung over the heads of ranchers like a Sword of Damocles that neo-communist government agents can wield against them at any time. Enforcing it would be a real crime against the nation, as it would jeopardize Brazil’s development and even the survival of many.