Give nature rights

Bolivia has instituted a new law about Mother Earth and nature’s rights. ”It makes world history. Earth is the mother of all. It establishes a new relationship between man and nature, the harmony of which must be preserved as a guarantee of its regeneration”, said vice president Alvaro García Linera. The law, which is part of a complete overhaul of the Bolivian legal system, has been strongly influenced by the revived local world view which regards the environment and Earth’s existence as the centre of all life. The eleven new statutes for nature includes:

  • The right to life and existence
  • The right to vital cycles and processes free from human alteration
  • The right to clean water and air
  • The right to not be polluted
  • The right to not be modified in cellular structures or genes

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People’s relationship and contact with nature seems to be crucial for how sustainable the future will be that all of us help create every day.

Photo: Malin Sahlin