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There Is No Planet B: Update on Rights of Nature at the United Nations

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, Guest Posts, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 28th August, 2013 | 1 Comment

earth--there is no planet bThe goal of the UN’s new “high-level political forum” (HLPF) is to keep “sustainable development” high on national agendas. But is “sustainable development” our end goal — and by whose definition? We cannot separate what we do to the Earth from what we do to ourselves. Yet, every element of our current, neoliberal economic system is intertwined with the idea that the natural world is property. We trivialize the fullness of life and diversity of natural world by labeling its elements “resources,” We must change this in our communities and through institutions like the United Nations.
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The Bay Area Turns Up the Heat!

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, Featured on 25th July, 2013 | No Comments

GXAug3KXLHere in California, people of the Bay Area will rise up at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, CA on August 3rd. Just days before the one year anniversary of the Chevron Refinery explosion, we’ll join the Summer Heat Richmond coalition and say No to Chevron, No to Tar Sands Oil, Stop Climate Chaos and Yes to Green Energy.
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Californians Rise Up to Say No to Fracking

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange Community, Global Exchange News & Events, Guest Posts, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 5th June, 2013 | No Comments

Californians Against FrackingOn May 30th 2013, Californians (including some Global Exchange staff and interns) gathered in front of San Francisco City Hall to express our strong sentiment against hydraulic fracturing, better known as “fracking”. Here’s what happened.
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We Will Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured, For Our Members, Freedom to Travel to Cuba, Global Exchange Community, Mexico, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 22nd May, 2013 | 1 Comment

Other things they got right: long hair and mustaches.Global Exchange first started in 1988 through the generosity and dedication of many people who helped us through those early days. 25 years later, we’re looking for 25 people to step up and support our efforts to advance human rights and promote resilient ecosystems. A great gift awaits those 25.
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TPP Days of Action Coming to Your Community

Posted by in Community Rights, Elect Democracy, End Dirty Energy, Global Exchange News & Events, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 17th April, 2013 | No Comments

599036_10152640068720613_1588745988_nWhether one wants to reverse the global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions; expand access to life-saving generic medications; support indigenous rights; protect communities’ ability to combat global warming; or sustain family farms and defend food sovereignty, there is no shortage of reasons to act together on the TPP.
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Legalizing Sustainability? Santa Monica Recognizes Rights of Nature

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy on 11th April, 2013 | 8 Comments

In a water-poor community, recycling water is part of sustainable living.First-in-California law seeks to make sustainability legal: On April 9, the City Council of Santa Monica voted 7-0 to adopt the state’s first ever Bill of Rights for Sustainability, directing the city to “recognize the rights of people, natural communities and ecosystems to exist, regenerate and flourish.” Santa Monica joins dozens of U.S. communities, the nations of Ecuador, Bolivia, and New Zealand in the fast-growing movement for Nature’s Rights.
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Corporate Executives Say Fracking is GOOD for You. Do You Trust Them?

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 4th April, 2013 | 2 Comments

Fracking-Video-GraphicHere’s a 90 second test to see if a picture is truly worth 1,000 words when it comes to fracking. After watching this video short, answer one question: would you want fracking in your backyard?
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Got Climate? Why California Communities are Rising Against Fracking (and why you should too)

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, Featured, Global Exchange News & Events, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 20th February, 2013 | 7 Comments

community_rightsGas and oil companies are quietly bringing fracking to the Golden State, placing not just Californians, but the planet at risk. In fact the process has already begun; promising to make California the number one oil producing state in the country, or as some call it The Saudi Arabia of the US—but at what cost? Global Exchange is working with communities to say “no” and leading a speaking tour April 15-22 through California’s fracklands.
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Beyond Personhood: Why Corporations Love the Constitution More Than You do

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 16th January, 2013 | 16 Comments

Got rights?January 21st marks the 3rd anniversary of the SCOTUS Citizen United ruling that opened the corporate-funded floodgates. While criticizing corporate personhood has hit the mainstream, questioning the Constitution remains the ultimate taboo.Shannon Biggs and Randy Hayes ask, “What do you love about the U.S. Constitution?” and explore what the Constitution is…and isn’t.
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Strike Four in Climate Change: A “Climate Space” to Rethink Analysis and Strategies

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Community Rights, Featured, Guest Posts, World News & Events on 7th January, 2013 | No Comments

Pablo Solon Human Rights Award speechStrike 4 and then what?! When it comes to climate change negotiations, former Ambassador of Bolivia to the United Nations Pablo Solón believes we already have 4 strikes. So where do we go from here? Here’s what Mr. Solón had to share.
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