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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Bolivia's Law: The Rights of Mother Earth




Bolivia's law: The Rights of Mother Earth

Censored News shares Bolivia's law safeguarding the Rights of Mother Earth, as a standard for other governments, in the wake of the wholesale exploitation of the earth for corporate gain. Far from just rhetoric, the creation of law to safeguard the Rights of Mother Earth is a means to safeguard the species and future generations from the coal-fired power plants on Navajoland, tarsands on Cree land in Alberta, Canada, and widespread uranium mining, toxic dumping, pollution, and destruction of forests and rivers.

Also see breaking news: At the June planning in Norway of the Indigenous World Conference 2014, the Indigenous Environmental Network intervened on behalf of Mother Earth:
http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/06/world-indigenous-conference-2014.html

THE PLURINATIONAL LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY

Translated from http://www.scribd.com/doc/44900268/Ley-de-Derechos-de-la-Madre-Tierra-Estado-Plurinacional-de-Bolivia
DECREES:

ACT OF THE RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH

CHAPTER I

OBJECT AND PRINCIPLES

Article 1. (SCOPE). This Act is intended to recognize the rights of Mother Earth, and the obligations and duties of the Multinational State and society to ensure respect for these rights.

Article 2. (PRINCIPLES). The binding principles that govern this law are:

1. Harmony. Human activities, within the framework of plurality and diversity, should achieve a dynamic balance with the cycles and processes inherent in Mother Earth.

2. Collective good. The interests of society, within the framework of the rights of Mother Earth, prevail in all human activities and any acquired right.

LISTEN First Voices Indigenous Radio, Arvol Looking Horse, Debra White Plume

First Voices Indigenous Radio
Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota
 http://firstvoicesindigenousradio.org/program_archives
June 13, 2013
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ARVOL LOOKING HORSE (Itazipcola Lakota Nation) www.worldpeaceandprayerday.com
Following the birth of a White Buffalo Calf in 1994, the Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe for the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations Arvol Looking Horse, was directed to honor the Four Directions with ceremony on Summer Solstice/June 21st. According to Lakota Star Knowledge, the birth of "Miracle," a female white buffalo, signaled a time of Earth changes and the coming of The Mending of the Hoop of all Nations. The Summer Solstice is said to be a powerful time to pray for peace and harmony among all Living Beings. Grandmother Earth's gifts; the air, water, plant, animal, and rock nations must be allowed to heal if we are to live in harmony with Her.

Ancient prophecies throughout the world have predicted this time...when population growth, over consumption, depletion of our natural resources and pollution would severely damage our Earth's life-sustaining capabilities. It has become Chief Looking Horse's personal commitment as the "Keeper of the Sacred Bundle" to assist in the fulfillment of the Mending of the Hoop of all Nations. Besides his work with his own community, meeting with global and spiritual leaders around the world and speaking and offering prayers at Universities and environmental symposiums, (including the United Nations); Chief Looking Horse's mission with World Peace and Prayer Day has already made tremendous contributions to the progress of Earth Awareness and World Peace. 

DEBRA WHITE PLUME www.oweakuinternational.org
Debra White Plume - (Oglala Lakota Nation) works with Moccasins on the Ground www.oweakuinternational.org) and the frontline experience of bringing awareness about the ongoing devastation to Mother Earth such as the Keystone XL Pipeline to many Indigenous nations; and creating a new paradigm for themselves through creating solidarity and resistance to the destruction of Mother Earth and sacred water.
Debra spoke at the Left Forum's "Mobilizing for Ecological and Economical Transformation in New York City with a capacity crowd at the Pace University June 8, 2013.
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FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 13 - 20, 2013

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