Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

05 September 2008

Victory for Pachamama in Ecuador

Ecuador Constitution Would Grant Inalienable Rights To Nature

by Eoin O'Carroll

Ecuador's proposed constitution includes an article that grants nature the right to "exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution" and will grant legal standing to any person to defend those rights in court.

Voters will get to decide on Sept. 28 whether to adopt the new constitution, which would allow the president to run for reelection, to dissolve Congress, and to exert great control over the country's central bank. According to Reuters, 56 percent of Ecuadorans approve of the proposed document.

The blog Green Change quotes the five articles that acknowledge rights said to be possessed by nature, or "Pachamama," a goddess revered by indigenous Andean peoples whose name roughly translates into "Mother Earth."

Read the full article on the wonderful commondreams.org website

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