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Law of Mother Earth – Bolivia
Good news! The Bolivian Law of Mother Earth (” Ley de Derechos de La Madre Tierra”) states that land is sacred and that as a living system it has rights which are to be protected from exploitation. It creates 11 distinguished rights for the environment. This 10 article law is derived from the first part of a longer draft bill, drafted and released by the Pact of Unity (November 2010). Here at the Save the Earth Cooperative we believe this law should be extended to all parts of the globe. Don’t you agree?
The law sets in place specific rights to which Mother Earth and her constituent life systems, including human communities, are entitled to including:life and integrity of life systems and the processes which sustains life, diversity of life without artificial modification, water preservation and protection form contaminants, preservation of air composition and renewal of life of Mother Earth, balance and acknowledgement of interdependence of all living organisms, the right to restoration in response to human or non-human activities, and freedom from toxicity and radioactive waste generated by humans.
Protecting Bolivian Natural Resources and Indigenous Communities
This law of rights comprises ten articles and the Constitution states that one of the integral State duties is to assure the responsible and planned management of Bolivia’s natural resources. Bolivian natural resources must be protected and managed sustainably for future generations. Aiming to protect and Bolivian natural resources and biodiversity, both by the government and the population itself the plan aims to protect the environment and the traditional ways of life of indigenous communities.
The draft of the new law states: “She is sacred, fertile and the source of life that feeds and cares for all living beings in her womb. She is in permanent balance, harmony and communication with the cosmos. She is comprised of all ecosystems and living beings, and their self-organisation.”
We couldn’t agree more. Now to implement this law internationally. How do we go about doing this?