Natalia Greene is the Coordinator of the Pluri-nationality and Rights of Nature program at Fundacion Pachamama, The Pachamama Alliance's sister organization in Ecuador. In this video, Natalia discusses two court cases in which Rights of Nature were used to protect the environment. We are honored to share with you what your contributions help make possible in the world and the impact you are making through your partnership with The Pachamama Alliance. Find many more updates of ongoing developments at: http://www.pachamama.org/advocacy/fundacion-pachamama and http://www.pachamama.org/advocacy/rights-of-nature+ More details
Witness the extraordinary history of Bioneers in a 6minute format... and go online to register for the conference in Marin Center (San Rafael, California) October 14-16, 2011. Share and disseminate, comment and enjoy! To register, visit: bioneers.org/conference Bioneers / CHI & Rebild Productions / Thomas Ermacora. Music by Peter Gregson+ More details
The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund's slideshow describing our organizing to achieve community and nature's rights.+ More details
Charlotte Pritt, who served as State Senator and House Delegate of West Virginia and was the first female gubernatorial nominee in her state, offers this video statement to her progressive supporters and friends upon her decision to register as a member of the Mountain Party of West Virginia. In a state where the Democratic Party fails to support its progressive candidates and instead campaigns for a cadre of politicians who have placed corporations over the health and well-being of its citizens and land, Pritt sees no alternative but to stand up and fight with the one party willing to implement environmental regulations over fracking, (which exposes workers and residents to radioactivity along with a host of other water contaminents) and mountaintop removal which is destroying communities throughout West Virginia. The Mountain Party of West Virginia endorses progressive candidates outside of its own party as well as promoting their own. It advocates job initiatives that benefit West Virginian residents, rather than encourages out-of-state importation of labor. The party backs sustainable use of coal for manufacturing rather than burning and encourages that West Virginia lead in the use of renewable energy sources. It seeks to limit corporate dominion over communities and save West Virginia from its current path towards annihilation.+ More details
Cormac Cullinan, environmental lawyer and author of "Wild Law" discusses the reasoning behind the creation of a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature. What seems like crunchy granola to FOX news is really a matching of sword to sword as the only way left for us to defend our ecosystems from corporations that extract and pollute without accounting for the cost of their damage, is to give equal protection under the law to those systems, which they currently cannot enjoy. Currently, only an individual or group of individuals can sue for personal damages inflicted by a corporations carelessness, but this declaration would open the pathway to communities organizing a legal claim against invasive corporations who otherwise hide behind their personhood rights, but their corporate billfold, to avoid accountability.+ More details
Held every November in San Francisco, California for over 10 years, the Luncheon is a celebration of what is possible when we align our resources with our deeply held beliefs and values. Learn more and RSVP to experience the 2011 Luncheon online: pachamama.org/luncheon To connect with us further, join us at: http://www.facebook.com/pachamamaalliance http://www.twitter.com/pachamamaorg+ More details
John Perkins, a board member of The Pachamama Alliance, shares his thoughts on the roles of Ecuador's President Correa and the "rights of nature" law. http://www.pachamama.org+ More details
What alternatives exist to the paradigm of Western development discourse, focused on endless growth, the exploitation of “natural resources,” and possessive individualism? How do we rewrite “sustainable development” as “ecological sustainability,” based on egalitarian, post-anthropocentric, and limits-to-growth principles? How can we turn, ‘the passions and aspirations of grass roots movements into levers that can move the larger society?’ Rights of Nature Art and Ecology in the Americas Nottingham Contemporary → March 2015 http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/rights-nature Curated by TJ Demos and Alex Farquharson, with Irene Aristizábal.+ More details
The associate director of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF) describes the inspiring, groundbreaking work she and CELDF are doing to recognize Rights of Nature in law in both the U.S. and Ecuador, which recently became the world's first nation to enshrine such rights in its constitution.+ More details
Natalia Greene is a key figure in the global movement to advance recognition of legal Rights for Nature. In 2008, Ecuador became the first country to recognize Rights of Nature and change their legal system to an Earth-centered democracy. Although politically controversial, Ecuador has adopted radical new social measures to reduce pollution and control industry. Similarly, Bolivia has established eleven new rights of nature, including the right to life and to exist; the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration; the right to pure water and clean air; the right to balance; the right not to be polluted; and the right not to have cellular structure modified or genetically altered, and, the right of nature to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities.+ More details
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