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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.

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?”

Going Solar Makes Sense; Dollars and Sense

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, End Dirty Energy, Featured, Green Festivals, Guest Posts, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 21st April, 2012 | No Comments

Maldives Solar InstallationEarth Day is a time to reflect on how we get to take action for a better planet. Guest blogger, Danny Kennedy, President of Sungevity, Solar Home Specialists, explains (now ousted) President Nasheed’s vision to make the Maldives the first carbon-neutral country on Earth by going solar and offers up a good deal for us too.

On Earth Day, Recognize the Rights of Mother Earth

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured, World News & Events on 22nd April, 2011 | 4 Comments

nature01This Earth Day, we need to start envisioning a future based not on exploiting nature but on recognizing that nature has inherent rights.