1. A Review of Your Impact on Fundación Pachamama's Rights of Nature Work (v2)

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    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

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    • Highlights of The Pachamama Alliance 2010 Annual Luncheon

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      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

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      • Bioneers 2011 Conference Trailer

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        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

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        • Pablo Solon - 2011 International Award, Global Exchange

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          International Honoree, Pablo Solon, is the Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Solon in his role as Ambassador to the UN has boldly confronted the reality of climate change with principled approaches that often put him at odds with the rubber stamp diplomats of other nations. Global Exchange was present in Cancun this past December at the UN Climate Change Conference when Bolivia refused to sign on to the toothless government agreement, and stood with civil society to champion the Rights of Mother Earth. Mr. Solon makes a clear call to tackle the root causes of the climate change crisis systemically, with scale, and once and for all. Having worked with indigenous people' movements, workers, unions, student associations and human rights organizations, Ambassador Solon recently took his activist heart to the global stage of the UN and introduced the draft text for a Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, a companion piece to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, this past Earth Day, April 22nd. On June 1, 2011 Mr. Solon was honored by Global Exchange (globalexchange.org) at the 9th Annual Human Rights Awards. Watch his speech here: http://www.vimeo.com/25078382

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          • Pablo Solon - 2011 International Honoree

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            On June 1, 2001 Global Exchange hosted it's 9th Annual Human Rights Awards in San Francisco, CA. International Honoree Pablo Solon, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations confronts the challenge of climate change with a set of priorities and principles that often places him at odds with the rubber stamp diplomats of other nations. The message from Mr. Solon calls for addressing the root causes of the climate change crisis, creating binding agreements and climate debt repayment mechanisms and developing a framework for holistic, systemic change. If he seems a little different than your typical diplomat, perhaps it is because of his background. Prior to his work representing Bolivia to the United Nations, Ambassador Solon was an activist working with indigenous people's movements, workers, unions, student associations and human rights organizations. He brings this framework to his role as the Bolivian representative to the UN climate negotiations, putting pressure on the countries most responsible for climate change to own up to their role in the crisis by shouldering a fair share of the burden of paying for its effects. Aside from his role in climate negotiations, Pablo Solon has emerged at the forefront of the movement to radically change the relationship between humankind and nature. At the conclusion of the People's World Conference on Climate Change in 2010, the representatives assembled put forward the landmark People's Accord. This document, ratified by thousands of attendees to the conference in Cochabamba, calls attention to the need to recognize the fundamental rights of nature, creating a new cultural and legal framework to protect natural ecosystems from harm. In the Cancun rounds of the United Nations Climate Conference, Ambassador Solon, on behalf of Bolivia, refused to sign the final accord, stating the document represented a giant step backwards, in that it replaced binding accords with voluntary pledges. At the same time he spoke to the need for global recognition of the Rights of Nature - international standards that afford rights and legal standing not just to individuals and businesses adversely affected by the exploitation and damage to natural resources, but to nature and ecosystems themselves. At the UN, Ambassador Solon played a key role in the introduction of draft text for a Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, a companion piece to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, this past Earth Day, April 22nd. Ambassador Solon has also served as Bolivian Ambassador for issues concerning Integration and Trade, investor-state dispute settlement, indigenous peoples rights, migration, water and the environment. Last July, Ambassador Solon joined the powerful group of countries that backed, and saw the passage of the UN resolution recognizing the human right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation. He was the Secretary of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) during the Bolivian Presidency of that institution (from December 2006 to May 2008), and he served as President Evo Morales' delegate in the Strategic Reflection for South American Integration. He recently contributed to the Global Exchange co-produced book, Rights of Nature: The Case for A Universal Declaration for the Rights of Nature (2011). Watch a video about Mr. Solon's work here: http://www.vimeo.com/25377783 More information on the book can be found here: http://www.globalexchange.org/blogs/peopletopeople/2011/04/15/upcoming-rights-of-nature-book-launch-events/

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            • Thomas Linzey Courts The Fury of Corporations

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              Lawyer Thomas Linzey of the Center for Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) prepares to challenge the system, and a growing number of communities are asking for his help.

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              • Cormac Cullinan on The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Nature

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                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.

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                • Vandana Shiva on Marie Mason

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                  Vandana Shiva speaks about Marie Mason and the rights of nature.

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                  • Rights of Nature Panel

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                    4/26/2011 Moderator: Bill Twist - Co-Founder and CEO, The Pachamama Alliance www.Pachamama.org 03:38 Cormac Cullinan, LLB, LLM - Director, Cullinan and Associates, Inc. and EnAct International www.Enact-International.com 21:46 Natalia Greene - Political Program Coordinator, Fundación Pachamama www.Pachamama.org.ec 35:30 Thomas Linzey, Esq - Executive Director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund www.CELDF.org Books mentioned: Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice by Cormac Cullinan. Available on Amazon.com The Rights of Nature, The Case for a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth. Co-produced by Global Exchange, the Council of Canadians, The Pachamama Alliance, and Fundación Pachamama. To order contact Kylie@Global Exchange.org Organizations mentioned: Global Exchange: www.globalexchange.org The Council of Canadians: www.canadians.org The Pachamama Alliance: www.pachamama.org. Fundación Pachamama: www.pachamama.org.ec Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature www.therightsofnature.org Contact info@pachamama.org if you would like to download or request a DVD copy of this presentation for classroom or community presentations.

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                    • Mari Margil: Who Speaks for the Trees

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                      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.

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