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Pachamama, The Law of the Rights of Mother Earth

Conversation (60')


9 Sep 2015 - 18:30

Archive-House (Gulbenkian Park)

Free admission

The Law of the Rights of Mother Earth, which was passed on 21 June 2012 in the Bolivian Senate, aims to promote full development in harmony and balance with nature, ensuring Mother Earth's continuing capacity to regenerate her components and life systems and the revival and strengthening of local and ancestral knowledge. Promoted by President Evo Morales, the rights of Mother Earth are a universal declaration for the preservation of Planet Earth. This law introduces the indigenous ancestral concept of the Earth/Nature as being a living being with rights. Its legal text establishes Planet Earth as a a collective subject of public interest, to ensure the exercise and protection of its rights.

In collaboration with Programa Educativo dos Jardins Gulbenkian


Image by Ingeniería Sin Fronteras Asociación para el Desarrollo. Used with Creative Commons License

A conversation with philosopher Viriato Soromenho-Marques and historian Juan Marchena Fernández, moderated by landscape architect Aurora Carapinha.


Aurora Carapinha (Portugal) is assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture, Environment and Planning at the Universidade de Évora's School of Science and Technology, she coordinates research on landscape architecture and the aesthetics of landscaping. She is also director of the PhD programme in Landscaping Arts and Techniques at the Universidade de Évora.

Juan Marchena Fernández (Spain) is a professor and director of the History of the Americas programme in the Department of Geography, History and Philosophy at Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain. He is director of Americanía, a journal of Latin American studies, at Universidad Pablo de Olavide.

Viriato Soromenho-Marques (Portugal) is a professor in the Faculty of Letters at the Universidade de Lisboa, teaching undergraduate courses in Social and Political Philosophy and the History of Ideas in Contemporary Europe. He also coordinates the Master's programme in the Philosophy of Nature and the Environment.