January 4, 2012
In Bolivia, Mother Nature is being granted rights equal to humans.
Read the article here; it brings tears to my eyes.
Some of the rights conferred onto Nature:
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.
The right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.
The right to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities.
This is the kind of world I want to live in. How about you?
Too long humans have seen themselves as separate from and superior to nature. We are neither.
If you’re interested in reading more about the world as a living organism and humanity’s place within it, check out the fascinating and insightful book Earthdance by Elisabet Sahtouris. She provides the most complete and poetic summary of our universe, world, and evolution that I’ve ever read.
A reviewer says:
“EarthDance prophetically represents the new and rapidly expanding Post-Darwinian evolutionary biology. Sahtouris explains how, in cycle after cycle, the living entities or “holons” in the realm of Gaia have merged, through negotiation and symbiosis rather than ruthless competition, in a constantly self-creating and re-creating “holarchy” of living systems.”
It’s one of my all-time favorites, along with The Great Disruption by Paul Gilding (available on Kindle).