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A Summit on the Equator, Seeking New Rules for Nature

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Community Rights, Global Exchange Community, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights on 3rd February, 2014 | No Comments

The following post was co-written by Osprey Orielle Lake & Shannon Biggs.  — A Summit on the Equator, Seeking New Rules for Nature Hosted by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN), leaders of the emerging Rights of Nature movement gathered for an international summit in Pensaqui, Ecuador from January 13-17, 2014. We […]
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Welcome to ‘Frackland’: Does a River Have the Right Not to be Polluted?

Posted by in Community Rights on 28th January, 2014 | No Comments

Toxic waste water cannot be treated.
http://www.nofrackingway.us/2012/12/17/frackin-andys-house/Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas or ‘fracking’ is one of the dirtiest forms of energy on the planet. Halting its destructive impact requires regulation and community control, but also something much deeper: the transformation of relationships between society and nature.
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Build the Green Economy in Your Community–Apply for Summer of Solutions

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Guest Posts on 5th November, 2013 | No Comments

SoS graphicIn the face of a falling economy, an energy crisis, fragmented and inequitable communities, and the growing threat of global warming, youth are coming together to create solutions that address all of these challenges together. Apply now to run a Summer of Solutions program in your community in 2014!
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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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GELT 2012 has Launched

Posted by in Global Exchange News & Events on 26th June, 2012 | No Comments

GELT_gardenAfter months of looking through applications, we finally ended up with 20 participants for our summer Green Economy Leadership Training program in Highland Park, Michigan. We are in the middle of our second week of the program, but let’s re-cap what took place in our first week.
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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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Sustainovation: Green Economy Meets Digital Innovation

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Featured, Guest Posts, World News & Events on 5th June, 2012 | 1 Comment

Green economy in action in Detroit Photo Credit: Samantha FrickJune 5th is World Environment Day. To mark the occasion, Kevin Danaher shares his thoughts about sustainovation and a new type of economic enterprise that values a triple bottom line.
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Attn 99 Year Olds! Green Economy Leadership Training Application Deadline Almost Here

Posted by in Global Exchange News & Events on 5th April, 2012 | 5 Comments

gelt5Want to participate in community-led projects focused on developing local green economy resources? Interested in learning to organize social entrepreneurship ventures? Between the ages of 18 and 99? Want to spend the summer in Highland Park, MI and meet like-minded people from across the country working for social justice while working with the local community? Then apply to GELT today!
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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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