Posted by: r.m. | April 11, 2011

Law of Mother Earth

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.”



  1. I sincerely hope that such laws would really work, and not be some sort of offensive to kick out any external interference in Bolivian resources… Because we (and by “we” i mean the weak countries) really need such laws to protect our world… It is also nice to see that humans are finally realising that we are in this world together with all the other species, were they animals, plants or any non-living part of nature. The fact that Bolivia and Ecuador (two relatively “small” countries) did such a revolutionary step should be an example to all countries who claim to protect the environment in order to preserve whatever remains of our (very) weak relationship with Mother Earth.

  2. it’s a nice first step of ecological thinking! But stopping there is not a solution such rules should be applied worldwide in such a way that there’s balance between the environmental protection and economics of countries! hard thing to do, isn’t it??

  3. I think that granting “All nature equal rights to humans” is a good law for preserving Mother Earth. It stresses on equity which can bring different kinds of stability in a society. In fact, the idea of ultimate ends suggests that true economic development must provide access to basic needs for all—and thus that economics cannot avoid the responsibility for some moral judgments about what is or is not equitable. However, the world is facing the issue of capitalism and population is increasing. So will this law be enough for preserving our Mother Earth? In solving any kind of problem, one should go back to the root causes of the problem, instead of treating the consequences of that problem…

  4. While passing laws to protect the environment, especially laws that are so explicit is great, this is not enough. The main point remains in the enforcing of these laws and making sure that anyone who dares to even pose a threat to the environment is properly penalised. Personally, I envy the citizens of Bolivia because they were able to put a place a government that truly cares. This is a government that is strategically looking at the future and maintaining its citizens’ right to live in a clean environment. I can only hope that our arab region, especially Lebanon will at least take small steps forward in this respect.

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