13 Apr '11, 7am

Bolivia reads Mother Nature her rights

Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, has already made great strides in medicine: He’s the one who discovered that chickens turn you gay . Now he’s applying that innovation to legislation, saving the environment by declaring nature to have rights equal to people. The law would act as a bill of rights for nature, including the right to exist free of human alteration, the right not to be polluted, and the right "to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities." Yeah, it sounds good in theory, and it’s based on beliefs about nature from Bolivia’s indigenous cultures. (We’ll pass lightly over the wisdom of making laws based on spiritual beliefs.) But Bolivia has a history of paying lip service to nature with one face, and opposing functional, workable improvements with the other. For ins...

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