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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:49 AM
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Bolivia Set to Pass ‘Law of Mother Earth’
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Bolivia Set to Pass ‘Law of Mother Earth’


Posted on Apr 10, 2011

guardian.co.uk

In a political move that would make John Locke’s head explode, Bolivia is poised to pass a law that would grant nature equal rights with those afforded humans. The Law of Mother Earth is expected to usher in a radical new conservation policy against pollution and exploitation.

Perhaps most beautifully, the law would enshrine nature’s right “to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities.” —JCL

The Guardian:

Bolivia 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.

The 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.

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Bolivia enshrines natural world's rights with equal status for Mother EarthLaw of Mother Earth expected to prompt radical new conservation and social measures in South American nation


http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/10/boliv...


http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/04/12/bolivia-to-make-w...
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drdtroit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:53 AM
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1. Pachamama!
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sasha031 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:53 AM
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2. I had read about this,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKpsyx2Jnyk


they are light years ahead of us.
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David__77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 11:59 AM
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3. I am proudly anthropocentric.
I'm beginning to feel "old school" for being a humanist. Human interests REQUIRE paying proper attention to preserving the biosphere. The problem here is ideological: should people come first? I think so. Where does the value of nature come from? Human beings assign it - it is extrinsic.

These things said, I respect the Bolivian people's right to develop their own version of socialism. I am hopeful that they will rapidly develop economically and in all material and cultural realms.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 12:16 PM
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4. So they finally watched Avatar. This hopefully is one of many moves by people
who see the bigger picture. Good on them, K&R.
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