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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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New Report on Rights of Nature Confronts the ‘Greed’ Economy Agenda at Rio +20

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 18th June, 2012 | No Comments

The new "Rights of Nature: Planting Seeds of Real Change" reportCommunity Rights Program Director, Shannon Biggs, is on the ground in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week to launch Global Exchange’s new report, “Rights of Nature: Planting the Seeds of Change.” The report explores how recognizing the Rights of Nature provides an alternative cultural and legal framework to the official corporate-led ‘Green (or Greed) Economy’ agenda being put forward by the UN.
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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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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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Vision: How to Change Our Laws So That Corporations Don’t Trump Communities

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange News & Events on 24th May, 2011 | No Comments

blogimage_acidminedrainage.jpg_thumbs_600x943_310x220The following originally appeared on Alternet. — Our environmental laws and regulations, rather than put in place protections for the environment, instead seem to be written to exploit it. Here’s what can we do about it. The following is excerpted from the recently released book, The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration […]
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