September 10, 2008

Humans have Rights. Corporations have rights. But Mother Nature? That’s going too far. [Ecuador]

With thanks for the tip to: David Wimberly
If the world is alive with drala [a Buddhist term for natural energy] and all sentient beings have been our mothers [the idea that we should have compassion for all as if they were our own family], then surely nature has rights that should be protected in our constitution.  This should apply not only to Shambhala, but to all nations and the UN. Don’t you agree? ~ David

From the Los Angeles Times
Editorial: Putting nature in Ecuador’s constitution In an experiment worth watching, Ecuador will ask voters to decide whether nature has rights.

This month, Ecuador will hold the world’s first constitutional referendum in which voters will decide, among many other reforms, whether to endow nature with certain unalienable rights. Not only would the new constitution give nature the right to “exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and its processes in evolution,” but if it is approved, communities, elected officials and even for the rest


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