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Community Driven Bolivia Gives Legal Rights to the Earth

Submitted by on August 4, 2011 – 2:00 pm

Evo Morales addresses a crowd. Photo © Sebastian Baryli (www.flickr.com/photos/sebastian-baryli)

By Sean Dagan Wood

Law of Mother Earth sees Bolivia pilot new social and economic model based on protection of and respect for nature.

Bolivia is to become the first country in the world to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world, and to improve quality of life for the Bolivian people.

Developed by grassroots social groups and agreed by politicians, the Law of Mother Earth recognises the rights of all living things, giving the natural world equal status to human beings.

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