BOLIVIA, for those who don’t know (including me until a few Googles ago) is a South American Democracy bordered by Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile, and Peru. It’s official name is actually the Plurinational State of Bolivia, as it’s populace is multi-ethnic and practices multiple religions, including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Islam, Judaism, Mennonite, and a resurgent indigenous Andean religion, which concerns Pachamama, their Mother Earth. Even Roman Catholics in the country continued to worship her in the guise of the Virgin Mary, and a grass roots movement has put her at the center of a new proposed law to give nature the same inalienable rights as human beings. From the Guardian UK article, the law includes:
“…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.
Controversially, it will also enshrine the right of nature “to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities”.
“It makes world history. Earth is the mother of all”, said Vice-President Alvaro García Linera. “It establishes a new relationship between man and nature, the harmony of which must be preserved as a guarantee of its regeneration.”
Part of the new law states, “She is sacred, fertile and the source of life that feeds and cares for all living beings in her womb. She is in permanent balance, harmony and communication with the cosmos. She is comprised of all ecosystems and living beings, and their self-organisation.”
Can you imagine an American lawmaker proposing this? He’d be laughed off the Hill. Meanwhile half our politicians are doing everything they can to make us all pay more for healthcare, and if that care goes anywhere near the womb, they get to decide what you can and can’t do there.