For everyone who cares for the Earth and its people there was cause to cheer when, in 2008, Ecuador became the first country to write into its constitution the ‘rights of Nature’. Along with Bolivia it also declared itself plurinational, recognising the immense internal diversity and autonomy of its peoples. It also told the world how humanity needed to make peace with the Earth. These were bold, unique steps that showed the potential of the revolutionary left that was in those days sweeping into power in parts of Latin America. Nearly ten years on, is the excitement waning?

Ecuador’s constitution ...


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