Evo Morales has a reputation in the USA for his anti-USA sentiments. Abroad, in many cases he is seen more along the lines of a socialist revolutionary than a nature loving environmentalist. At home in Bolivia, he is a man of the people, growing up as a farmer in a working class family. His roots with the Aymara people in Bolivia win him points with local people, even though he may be seen as radical abroad. It is these roots that give him a tight bond with the natural world and as the 80th president of Bolivia, he has passed a law reminiscent of the belief system portrayed in the film Avatar.
On April 20th, 2011, Evo was behind the International Day of Mother Earth a celebration as the worlds first legislation giving all nature rights equal to humans. The law sounds a little off the wall, but as the first indigenous president of Bolivia, Evo is representing beliefs that are more in line with the traditional beliefs of his ancestors. The first article of the Law of Mother Earth requires all human activities to “achieve dynamic balance with the cycles and processes inherent in Mother Earth.”
The country has a lure of adventure, with claims as this being the final resting place for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It is also know for the largest salt flats in the world and the most dangerous road in the world. It holds a large chunk of the Amazon, many of the highest towns and cities in the world, and an incredibly diverse populace with businessmen sharing the sidewalks with witchdoctors.
Evo Morales commented that “the planet can live without humans, but humans cannot live without the planet.” In a country of such beauty, it is truly a great thing that Mr. Morales made such a bold statement for nature. It is doubtful that Avatar inspired this, but it is awesome to see that some leaders are striving for things we often only see in sci-fi movies. That is likely why the Bolivian General Assembly awarded Evo Morales the title of “World Hero to Mother Earth.”
Below I have included some photos taken on my expedition of the country.