Law of Mother Earth in Bolivia (why not in Eastern Europe?)

by Tibor Hartel

I read with great interest a recent article in the Guardian. The Bolivian government has made a novel and certainly quite radical (in good sense too) decision. They decided that nature has rights and must be respected. Some of these rights mentioned by the Guardian 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.’

I am happy to see this initiative and start to think about how such a law would look in, say, Romania.

To declare that wolves and bears have rights for life as you and me. When people acknowledge the huge importance of intact ecosystems, and consider them not as sign of poverty but as sign of richness – e.g. because they provide wood, food and fresh water for us. When the rich western European ‘investors’, hunting new opportunities to make even more money, come in Romania with their charming smile, and say: ‘your soil is excellent for agriculture’, and local leaders and governments respond: ‘yes, and we take care to remain like this, and go away with your high technology and exploit Mother Earth elsewhere.’ When the rich Gold Corporations come in Romania to move and destroy whole villages and mountains to extract their gold, and our leaders would say: ‘Go away. People and nature and countries are worth more than the gold they have’.

Now Eastern Europe still can do this. 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Law of Mother Earth in Bolivia (why not in Eastern Europe?)

  1. Mama natura numita in Bolivia Pachamama este bazata pe spiritualitatea populatiei indigene si acest curent politic are la baza conservarea traditiilor ILC sau local indigenous communities. Viata este foarte dura! si exista o serie de initiative demne de urmat:PROINPA http://www.proinpa.org/
    Felicitari pentru postare

  2. Va multumesc mult. Eu vad resursa in aceasta idee. Aplicata oarecum in peisajele rurale din Romania ar putea suna asa: ‘oprim toate modurile de dezvoltare care altereaza definitiv serviciile ecosistemice vitale. De exemplu, daca intensificarea agriculturii rezulta in poluarea panzei freatice (reduce capacitatea naturii de a filtra apa – si deci a produce apa de baut), atunci ar trebui oprita, pentru ca looserii o sa fie mai multzi decat castigatorii pe termen lung. As lua foarte mult in considerare aceste trade-offuri si as implica comunitatile locale in cunoasterea lor si in decizii (este putzin scurt exprimat asa, dar sensul cam asta este).

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