In a radical move that we hope will have a massive ripple effect, Bolivia is set to pass the world’s first law granting all nature equal rights with human beings. According to reporter John Vidal, writing in The Guardian (UK), the Law of Mother Earth grew out of “a complete restructuring of the Bolivian legal system following a change of constitution in 2009 [and] 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.”
The Law of Mother Earth will establish 11 rights for the natural world, including:
- 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
- the right to not have cellular structures modified or genetically altered
- the right to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities.
The draft of the historic new law states that Pachamama “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 self-organisation.”
Read the full Guardian article here. Celebrate wildly. And consider this question: What’s one thing you can do today to bring more of this ethos into your own environment?All photographs © the artists and used under a Creative Commons license.