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Bolivian law enshrines rights of nature (mother of all laws)

 

Thanks to: Dennis Bumstead, dennisbumstead@gmail.com

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/10/bolivia-enshrines-natural-
worlds-rights
By John Vidal      

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

Bolivia <http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/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
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/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.

Controversially, 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".

"It makes world history. Earth is the mother of all", said Vice-President
Alvaro Garc

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