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.
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 García Linera. “It establishes a new relationship between man and nature, the harmony of which must be preserved as a guarantee of its regeneration.”
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We need more of this. And we as Christians should be on the forefront of this. the creation groans and wiaths for the sons (and aughters) of God to manifest themselves. When will we Christians be known because we take care for the least of our human brothers and sisters as well as for the creation God has given us??? Do we really need worshipers of Pachamama and Gaia to teach us what’s evident?
Who has bewitched us?
Or do we really want to lose the planet and all we have as earthlings in return for some temporal economic advantages? How dumb are we???
I pray that we might repent of consumer capitalism, the rape of our sister, Mother Earth, the neglect of our brothers and sisters in poorer countries, without whom our Western richess wouldn’t be there.
Lord have mercy!