Rights for Mother Earth

Oak King
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This interesting article in last Sunday's The Guardian came to my attention via a German on-line Druid forum and thought I ought to share this with you: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/10/bolivia-enshrines-natu...

Sounds a very bold step towards official recognision that we humans are not the 'be all, end all' of creation. But it remains to be seen to what extent this courageous piece of legislation by the Bolivian government can be brought into the reality of practical measures for the protection of both the environment and its inhabitants. Can't imagine that the mining companies will freely surrender to a law that is bound to limit their profits.

And another thought came to my mind. To what extent is the Bolivian government even intent to apply these laws against the might of the mutinational companies? Being a left-wing government, perhaps they are content just being seen to do something in passing these laws. Coming from former East Germany myself, I only know too well that having the protection of the environment written into the country's constitution did not prevent the massive burning of dirty, sulphur-rich 'Braunkohle' (lignite), leading to the most terrible winter smogs and respiratory diseases, and the forceful removal of whole villages to give way to the ever expanding huge open-cast mines. This was simply the only widely available fuel and so neccesity made a mockery out of a very well-meaning constitution!

Please don't get me wrong, I fully applaud the Bolivian Government and wish them success in bringing these laws to life but by personal experience I am just a bit weary of such far-reaching promises!

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Re: Rights for Mother Earth

It's an interesting topic; will this law hold up when petro-dollars given generously by 'well meaning' businessmen to grease the wheels of commerce disappear into the back pockets of politicians to help with the council tax on that nice villa they built in the national park! Or in Bolivia's case, there's an even more interesting question; they are 'blessed' with the world's most plentiful deposits of lithium, a rare metal that has been of little interest until now... it is the main component of electric vehicle batteries. Does 'the good of the environment' mean swaping one evil for another? And if a so  called 'environmentally friendly' car demands lithium from an environmentally sensitive part of Bolivia, what then? What is the greater good?

It is a conundrum indeed... all I can hope is that the Bolivian government use the wisdom, foresight and intuition their native american ancestors posessed, while working with the spirits of place in coming to the right decision for their land.

Let's see what happens...