Wednesday 13 April 2011

Bolivia enshrines natural world's rights with equal status for Mother Earth

Bolivia, the first South American country to elect an indigenous president (Evo Morales) 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 details of this are available in this article by John Vidal, environment journalist for the Guardian.

The accompanying video portrays the effect that climate change is having on the the country as well as the contribution that can be made by indigenous populations in solving the energy and food crisis and global warming

In a world where we are used to seeing half-truths and non-action in the area of the environment it is pretty inspiring to see a small country taking a principled position on a crisis that affects it as well as the whole world.

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