Does Mother Nature deserve the same protection as your own mother? Huffington post asks?
Lawmakers in Bolivia think so. The South American country’s leaders are on the brink of passing a revolutionary set of rules that would grant nature equal rights to humans–a first of its kind.
While GOOD call the Law “Amazing”, The Heritige calls it “absurd”, and grabs the opportunity to critizize its North American counterpart: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to The Heritage : “the EPA does tremendous damage to the private sector in the name of environmentalism. Its clean air powers are a serious burden on small businesses, and its auto regulations add substantially to the sticker price of cars and promote fuels that are more costly, less efficient, and more polluting than gasoline.”
According to The Heritage, the Free Market is the best, and only way to solve environmental problems. So Bolovians with their “absurd” worldview are now seen as a threat to American Farmers. And not only that they are allied with “bureaucrats’” from the UN and the USA.
Bolivias indigenous population holds the Earth deity Pachamama in special esteem, and considers humans equal to “all other entities.”
Known as the Law of Mother Earth (“Ley de Derechos de La Madre Tierra” in Spanish), the legislation will create 11 distinguished rights for the environment, as The Guardian outlines:
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.