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New Bolivian Law Would Give Rights to Nature

New Bolivian Law Would Give Rights to Nature

By Erin La Rosa, ecorazzi

It’s an annoying fact that not everyone recycles or turns the lights off or makes efforts to so much as conserve water. So, what if the government stepped in and forced everyone to do all of those things?

That’s what lawmakers in Bolivia are taking steps toward with their “Law of Mother Earth” bill. It’s a piece of legislation that would grant nature equal rights to humans.

The laws would be the first of their kind, with 11 in total, and would recognize that the planet has an equal right to be protected.

The Guardian outlined the laws as: “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.”

Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera said when describing the new law, “Earth is the mother of all…the harmony [between man and nature] must be preserved as a guarantee of its regeneration.”

The South American country has been threatened by environmental changes, with temperatures steadily increasing and its glaciers (a source of water and electricity for them) disappearing at rapid rates.

Hopefully Bolivia’s bold move will lead to laws like this being implemented elsewhere!

(via Huffington Post)

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Ecorazzi has been providing the latest in green gossip since August 2006. The environment is serious stuff. The same goes for animal rights and humanitarian issues. But that doesn't mean that it needs to be complex and boring! Ecorazzi takes the latest in celebrity gossip and entertainment news and filters out all of the fluff. What's left are fun and interesting stories that you want to hear about, without the guilt.

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11:29AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Bolivia has such limited resources and should be used as a model of conservation. I am glad they are getting coverage. YAY!

12:57PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Scott, as I always write at
the end of every comment made:

Wherever you are there once was a forest.
Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

12:43PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Actually its just a way for this leftist regime to increase taxes and reduce human rights to the same level as a plant. Be careful for what you wish for folks

12:42PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Death penalty if you kill a tree or pick a flower

10:46AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Beautiful! Now if the rest of the world would just step up.

10:13AM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Finally! Good for them!

7:08PM PDT on May 22, 2011

Finally a country that has the guts to say NO to ECOCIDE!!!

11:21PM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

Great Post :D
thought you might like my machinima film the butterfly's tale~
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1fO8SxQs-E
Bright Blessings
elf ~

6:11PM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

REALLY interesting idea!

3:09PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

Good idea!

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