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Want a Mini-Grant to Host a “Don’t Burn Democracy BBQ” in October?

Posted by in Community Rights, Elect Democracy, Featured, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 22nd August, 2012 | 1 Comment

MemorialDayBBQWant to organize a “Don’t Burn Democracy!” BBQ in your town? Apply for a $60 mini-grant to help kick things off!
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Leaving Global Exchange with New Global Perspectives

Posted by in Community Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 16th August, 2012 | 2 Comments

GX familyFrom dropping a “Bust Up the Bank” banner off the rooftop and making F.I.R.E. flame graphics highlighting the cozy relationship between money and politics in campaign financing, to doing media outreach for the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit and conducting interviews with staff and climate justice activists in the Bay Area, my summer has been full of rewarding work that has opened me up to a new worldview.
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From the Mouths of Babes at Rio+20 “Join me in Earth Revolution”

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Community Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 28th June, 2012 | 4 Comments

Indig Ecuador signs decThe United Nations Rio + 20 Summit on Sustainable Development was a dismal, if predictable, failure. Global Exchange’s Community Rights Director Shannon Biggs reports on the news from Rio—the not so bad, the bad, and the ugly and points to some inspiring youth voices that could be heard above the din.
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A chance for youth to “right” a sustainable future

Posted by in Community Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 15th June, 2012 | No Comments

Doing GOOD this SummerShould a river have the right to flow? Do trees have the right to grow? What does it mean to give nature rights and how different would our world look if we did? These are just a few of many questions youth will come together to discuss this summer at our Rights of Nature Youth Summit — with your help.
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Twitter Storm is Brewing to Demand an End to Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Posted by in Community Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power, World News & Events on 13th June, 2012 | No Comments

Twitterstorm_FBgraphic_1-300x300World leaders are gathering in Brazil for the Rio Earth Summit next week. Global Exchange will be there, but beforehand, we’re taking part in a global online action to demand an end to fossil fuel subsidies. You can too!
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Global Exchange Brings Rights of Nature to the 2012 Earth Summit (Rio+20)

Posted by in Community Rights on 7th June, 2012 | 12 Comments

Earth Rights Now.For many activists currently packing their bags for Rio, the goal is to protest the so-called “Green Economy”, the name given to the primary agenda for the Rio + 20 negotiations. Nicknamed the “Greed Economy” by many, the theory says we can only “save” nature by putting a price tag on what nature “does” for us. But we’re not showing up just to stand up for what we’re against, but to articulate what we’re for. Rights of Nature is a movement capable of actually changing culture and law to institute new economies based on community values and Earth rights. Check out our new report just in time for Rio + 20.
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Co-Creating Our Sustainable Future On Earth Day and Everyday

Posted by in Community Rights on 25th April, 2012 | No Comments

Earth Day Celebration in San FranciscoI celebrated Earth Day along with hundreds of other earth-minded individuals at San Francisco’s Civic Center/UN Plaza. Everyone came out that day under a common idea: we live in a wondrous community of life that is planet Earth and that community deserves our awe, respect, and attention. I participated in a panel discussion at the celebration on Sunday around the question of “co-creating our sustainable future – what are the successful tools for coalition building and collaboration both within and beyond your organization’s work?”
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Honoring the Sacred: Indigenous Wisdom on Rights of Mother Earth

Posted by in Community Rights on 11th April, 2012 | No Comments

IEN conf wood burningThe sacred fire was lit as over 100 primarily Indigenous peoples gathered—and hundreds more participated online—for the RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH: International Indigenous Conference APRIL 4 – 6, 2012 at Haskell Indian Nations University. “This is the greatest challenge facing humanity in the 21st Century. How do we re-orientate the dominant industrialized societies so that they pursue human well-being in a manner that contributes to the health of our Mother Earth instead of undermining it? In other words – how do we live in harmony with Nature?”
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Reclaiming Our Future at Rio+20: The Green Economy Versus Rights of Mother Earth

Posted by in Community Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 21st March, 2012 | No Comments

La Via Campesina - Massive MarchThe international peasants and farmers organization, La Via Campesina, ends their global Call to Action for the upcoming June 16-18 Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) with ‘GLOBALIZE THE STRUGGLE!! GLOBALIZE HOPE!!!’ The stakes are high in Rio. As Via Campesina points out, “Twenty years later, governments should have reconvened to review their commitments and progress, but in reality the issue to debate will be the “green economy” led development, propagating the same capitalist model that caused climate chaos and other deep social and environmental crises.”
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Earth Island Journal Explores Rights of Nature in its Spring Issue

Posted by in Community Rights on 8th March, 2012 | No Comments

photo by Brett Weston, CorbisLast week our friends at the Earth Island Journal published an article on the Rights of Nature in their spring issue. The article, titled Natural Law: From Rural Pennsylvania to South America, a Global Alliance is Promoting the Idea that Ecosystems Have Intrinsic Rights; takes a deep look at the evolution of the movement grant legal rights to nature from its origins in the small community of Tamaqua Borough, Pennsylvania, to the ground-breaking developments in Ecuador in 2008 when it became the first nation to recognize nature’s rights in an amendment to its national constitution, up to the present moment as environmental and climate justice activists gear up to advocate for nature’s rights at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil this June.
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