|Posted by Charles Fischer on April 17, 2011 at 6:07 AM|
Here's an article about the Bolivian government's new conservation laws that basically give "human" rights to nature. Examples from the article 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.
As with Ecuador, Bolivia seems to be trying to slow or stop the massive mining projects and effects of industrialization that have been stripping the country of resources. More importantly, the new legislation establishes interwoven connections between man and nature:
"It 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 regeneration."
It will be interesting to see the effects of the new laws and this spiritual way of thinking about the earth...