This is just freaking awesome: Ecuadorians believe that nature ought to be protected by their constitution.
While the the new constitution has many ramifications for how the country will now be governed, the pro-nature aspects of the constitution have their roots in Ecuadorâ€™s resentment toward international companies that have exploited the countryâ€™s natural resources and left pollution and poverty in their wake. Currently Ecuadorians are in one particularly nasty lawsuit with Chevron (formerly Texaco). The oil company polluted a huge area with oil waste and did not clean it up, causing extreme pollution to ecosystems and deadly health problems for numerous communities. It has been described as the â€œAmazon Chernobyl.â€