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news! Bolivia is to become the first country in the world 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. Developed by grassroots social groups and
agreed by politicians, the Law of Mother Earth recognizes the rights of
all living things, giving the natural world equal status to human
fully approved, the legislation will provide the Earth with rights to:
life and regeneration; biodiversity and freedom from genetic
modification; pure water; clean air; naturally balanced systems;
restoration from the effects of human activity; and freedom from
Sheldan's webinar last month, he told us about many of the grassroot
movements sprouting up around our world~~and yet we don't hear anything
is an important stance against industries that pillage Earth's natural
resources with no regard for the consequences. We are the stewards of
Mother Earth. It is our responsibility to bring her back to permanent
balance, harmony and communication with the cosmos.
the announcements commence, one of our main priorities will be cleaning
up Earth's air, water and land. Many technologies will be released that
will assist us in this monumental job. This is a step in the right
direction. I honor the people who are making a stand and following their
passion to make a difference re-establishing their role as stewards of
If you are interested in more information on the technologies that will
be released after the announcements and after disclosure, Sheldan's
webinar archive: Technologies That Will Change Our World is a great resource.
Evo Morales, Indigenous Bolivian President
Bolivia enshrines natural world's rights with equal status for Mother Earth
Law of Mother Earth expected to prompt radical new conservation and social measures in South American nation
is set to pass the world's first laws granting all nature equal rights
to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and
grassroots social groups, redefines the country's rich mineral deposits
as "blessings" and is expected to lead to radical new conservation and
social measures to reduce pollution and control industry.
country, which has been pilloried by the US and Britain in the UN
climate talks for demanding steep carbon emission cuts, will establish
11 new rights for nature. They include: the right to life and to exist;
the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human
alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance;
the right not to be polluted; and the right to not have cellular
structure modified or genetically altered.
it will also enshrine 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".
makes world history. Earth is the mother of all", said Vice-President
Alvaro García Linera. "It establishes a new relationship between man and
nature, the harmony of which must be preserved as a guarantee of its
law, which is part of a complete restructuring of the Bolivian legal
system following a change of constitution in 2009, has been heavily
influenced by a resurgent indigenous Andean spiritual world view which
places the environment and the earth deity known as the Pachamama at the
centre of all life. Humans are considered equal to all other entities.
the abstract new laws are not expected to stop industry in its tracks.
While it is not clear yet what actual protection the new rights will
give in court to bugs, insects and ecosystems, the government is
expected to establish a ministry of mother earth and to appoint an
ombudsman. It is also committed to giving communities new legal powers
to monitor and control polluting industries.
has long suffered from serious environmental problems from the mining
of tin, silver, gold and other raw materials. "Existing laws are not
strong enough," said Undarico Pinto, leader of the 3.5m-strong
Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia, the
biggest social movement, who helped draft the law. "It will make
industry more transparent. It will allow people to regulate industry at
national, regional and local levels."
Minister David Choquehuanca said Bolivia's traditional indigenous
respect for the Pachamama was vital to prevent climate change. "Our
grandparents taught us that we belong to a big family of plants and
animals. We believe that everything in the planet forms part of a big
family. We indigenous people can contribute to solving the energy,
climate, food and financial crises with our values," he said.
opposition is expected to the law being passed because President Evo
Morales's ruling party, the Movement Towards Socialism, enjoys a
comfortable majority in both houses of parliament.
the government must tread a fine line between increased regulation of
companies and giving way to the powerful social movements who have
pressed for the law. Bolivia earns $500m (£305m) a year from mining
companies which provides nearly one third of the country's foreign
In the indigenous philosophy, the Pachamama is a living being.
draft of the new law states: "She is sacred, fertile and the source of
life that feeds and cares for all living beings in her womb. She is in
permanent balance, harmony and communication with the cosmos. She is
comprised of all ecosystems and living beings, and their
which also has powerful indigenous groups, has changed its constitution
to give nature "the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate
its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution".
However, the abstract rights have not led to new laws or stopped oil
companies from destroying some of the most biologically rich areas of
For complete article from The Guardian 4/2011
The Law of Mother Earth includes the following:
The right to maintain the integrity of life and natural processes.
The right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.
The right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration.
The right to pure water.
The right to clean air.
The right to balance, to be at equilibrium.
The right to be free of toxic and radioactive pollution.
right to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development
projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant
The law also promotes “harmony” and “peace” and “the elimination of all nuclear, chemical, biological” weapons.
Thanks to Colleen at: www.paoweb.com