Publication info Vienna: Geistinger, 1809.
New York Botanical Garden
Bolivia is to become the first country in the world to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world, and to improve quality of life for the Bolivian people.
Developed by grassroots social groups and agreed by politicians, the Law of Mother Earth recognises the rights of all living things, giving the natural world equal status to human beings.
Once fully approved, the legislation will provide the Earth with rights to: life and regeneration; biodiversity and freedom from genetic modification; pure water; clean air; naturally balanced systems; restoration from the effects of human activity; and freedom from contamination.
The legislation is based on broader principles of living in harmony with the Earth and prioritising the “collective good.” At its heart is an understanding that the Earth is sacred, which arises from the indigenous Andean worldview of ‘Pachamama’ (meaning Mother Earth) as a living being. An initial act outlining the rights – which was passed by Bolivia’s national congress in December 2010 and paves the way for the full legislation – defines Mother Earth as a dynamic and “indivisible community of all living systems and living organisms, interrelated, interdependent and complementary, which share a common destiny.”Read more …
It’s sad, but I honestly thought this was a late April Fool’s joke. Bolivia, I love you. May you lead as a genuine example to everyone on Earth. Beautiful things developing over there…the world will be watching.
VICTOR J. WEBSTER
**VISITING NYC + SAN FRANCISCO, JUNE 2014**
March is Women’s History Month! Cartoonist Rebecca Cohen created this fabulous quiz.
Whether you choose cremation or burial, it can be difficult to die green — either because of the space or the chemicals involved. The numbers in the infographic might surprise you.
“52 Forms of Fungi” knitted sculptural work by Leigh Martin
One swallow does not make a summer, but one skein of geese, cleaving the murk of a March thaw, is the spring.
A cardinal, whistling spring to a thaw but later finding himself mistaken, can retrieve his error by resuming his winter silence. A chipmunk, emerging for a sunbath but finding a blizzard, has only to go back to bed. But a migrating goose, staking two hundred miles of black night on a chance of finding a hole in the lake, has no easy chance for retreat. His arrival carries the conviction of a prophet who has burned his bridges.
|—||Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac (via mossofthewoods)|