Bolivia’s Earth Law
The country is set to be the first nation with legislation granting nature equal rights to human beings.
April 13, 2011
The right of life, the right of pure water and clean air, and the right not to be polluted are three of the 11 universal rights given to nature under a new Bolivian law. The Law of Mother Earth, supported by both politicians and social groups, is expected to result in revolutionary new conservation measures in a country that has witnessed numerous negative environmental effects from climate change and the mining of metals and raw materials. “It establishes a new relationship between man and nature, the harmony of which must be preserved as a guarantee of its regeneration,” says Bolivian Vice President Álvaro García Linera in an article by The Guardian.