Thus far, however, the ambitious goals outlined in the Law of the #RightsofMotherNature
are far from fully realized. Results of the legislation are mixed at best. In recent years, for instance, controversy has emerged over potential shale gas projects in #Bolivia’s
Chaco region and highway construction across the Isiboro Secure National Park and Indigenous Territory. Evo Morales, Bolivia’s president once celebrated as a champion for #MotherEarth
, now faces intense criticism for what some see as his endorsement of extractive industry and capitalist ventures.
The status quo, it seemed, had not been greatly shaken during the embryonic years of Bolivia’s presumably new environmental era. In the initial half of 2014, minerals and natural gas still represented 82% of Bolivia’s export revenues. In 2017, Bolivia was in the throes of its worst drought in a quarter century, largely as a consequence of shrinking alpine glaciers. The key lesson learned at this point is that even the most creative, pioneering legal apparatus will not, completely on its own, bring about immediate, sweeping environmental betterment.