Now here’s a president who genuinely cares; Bolivian president Evo Morales has passed the world’s first laws to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world, and to improve quality of life for the Bolivian people.
The Law of Mother Earth, enshrining the legal rights of nature offers a potentially revolutionary move towards conservation and social measures to reduce pollution and control industry, paving the way for other nations to follow suit.
President Evo Morales said the Law of Mother Earth, which was officially declared on 15 October 2012…
“would help Bolivians to live in equilibrium and harmony with Mother Earth.”
The law institutionalises Bolivians’ veneration of the Andean deity Pachamama, or ‘Mother Earth’, by establishing a bill of rights for the natural world.
The 11 rights listed include the rights to:
- uncontaminated water and air
- freedom from GMO’s (genetically modified crops)
- freedom from overdevelopment.
- indigenous peoples having preference for redistributed lands
- all infrastructure and development projects respect the natural environment and provide remediation for any incidental damages.
While the U.S. courts continue to grant civil rights to corporations, the new law conversely enshrines the right of nature to: “not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities”.
‘the legislation is based on broader principles of living in harmony with the Earth and prioritising the “collective good.” At its heart is an understanding that the Earth is sacred, which arises from the indigenous Andean worldview of ‘Pachamama’ (meaning Mother Earth) as a living being.
Bolivia’s government will be legally bound to prioritise the wellbeing of its citizens and the natural world by developing policies that promote sustainability and control industry. The economy must operate within the limits of nature and the country is to work towards energy and food sovereignty while adopting renewable energy technologies and increasing energy efficiency.’
“Living Well means adopting forms of consumption, behaviour and conduct that are not degrading to nature. It requires an ethical and spiritual relationship with life”
“The environmental functions and natural processes…cannot be considered as commodities, but as sacred gifts from Mother Earth,” the law states.