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Bolivia passes "Law of Mother Earth" which gives rights to our planet as a living system

Bolivia passes "Law of Mother Earth" which gives rights to our planet as a living system | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Law of Mother Earth ("Ley de Derechos de La Madre Tierra") holds the land as sacred and holds it as a living system with rights to be protected from exploitation, and creates 11 distinguished rights for the environment. It was passed by Bolivia's Plurinational Legislative Assembly. This 10 article law is derived from the first part of a longer draft bill, drafted and released by the Pact of Unity by November 2010. Can we please spread this law? There has to be a way for the free market to interoperate with reverence for this planet. Period.

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Bolivian Urban Farming Coop Empowers Migrant Women

Bolivian Urban Farming Coop Empowers Migrant Women | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Residents of suburban Sucre in the greenhouse, built with support from a government urban agriculture program. (Frank Chávez / IPS)
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Sumak Kawsay, Interculturality and Decolonialization

Sumak Kawsay, Interculturality and Decolonialization | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Many commentators have been highlighting the novelty of the Ecuadorian constitution’s recognition of the right to nature and even the concepts of buen vivir and sumak kawsay (‘good living’ in Spanish and Quechua respectively), analyzing them as though they were simple variations of liberal concepts that can be found in other Latin American constitutions. However, the subject encompasses themes that have not yet been sufficiently explored.

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The Citizens' Network

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How Bolivia is asserting its political and economic independence by setting up an entirely homemade Internet network.
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Everyday Water Politics and the Struggle for Alternatives in Cochabamba, Bolivia - P2P Foundation

Everyday Water Politics and the Struggle for Alternatives in Cochabamba, Bolivia - P2P Foundation | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

"In 2000, a broad alliance of irrigators, campesinos, factory workers, street vendors, urban water committees, neighborhood organizations, students, and middleclass professionals, forced the Bolivian government to cancel the contract it had signed with a consortium of private companies and return the municipal water system of Cochabamba to public control. The story of the citizens of Cochabamba standing up to and defeating the combined forces of an international consortium, the IMF and an entrenched political elite is a modern day story of David versus Goliath (Assies 2003). It is no surprise, therefore, that it is has become one of the touchstones in the ongoing struggle over ownership and control of water resources and infrastructures around the world. But fifteen years have passed since then. What has happened in that time? What does it mean to ‘win’? And what, if anything, does this tell us about the challenges of organizing more just, democratic and ecologically sensitive water systems? "

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The Bolivia Information Forum

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Under the presidency of Evo Morales, Bolivia has taken a leadership role in the global climate change negotiations. It did so most recently at the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún, but also hosted the World People’s Conference on Climate Change (WPCCC) in Cochabamba in April 2010 and spoke out against the Copenhagen Accord at the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference.  Among the ideas underpinning Bolivia’s principled position - pushing for the most ambitious agreement to tackle climate change and defend “mother earth” (or Pachamama) - is that of vivir bien or “living well”.
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