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. 🙂