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California’s Statehouse Buyoff: We Won’t Fracking Take It Anymore

Posted by in Community Rights on 16th June, 2014 | 5 Comments

With the arrival of fracking on the political scene, California’s democracy is unquestionably drowning in Big Oil. From campaign contributions, lobbying, and inappropriate governmental appointments and more—the crisis we face may be bigger than fracking. Some California communities are taking Democracy into their own hands.With the arrival of fracking on the political scene, California’s democracy is unquestionably drowning in Big Oil. From campaign contributions, lobbying, and inappropriate governmental appointments and more—the crisis we face may be bigger than fracking. Some California communities are taking Democracy into their own hands.
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Why Mora County New Mexico is Fighting Frackers for Your Rights, too

Posted by in Community Rights on 10th June, 2014 | 5 Comments

thisiswhyMora County New Mexico is not the first place that comes to mind for challenging the ‘rights’ of corporations. But in 2013, they became the first county in the U.S to ban fracking by exercising their right to local self-governance. Then they got sued for violating the corporation’s “right” to make a profit at their expense. So what happens now?
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Community Rights & Fracking Ban Tour hits Mendocino County

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange Community, Global Exchange News & Events, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 20th May, 2014 | No Comments

3116586Want to support a rights-based fracking ban in Mendocino County, California? The Community Rights Network of Mendocino County (CRNMC) announces a series of public events to educate and collect signatures for a local fracking ban! Events, radio and TV appearances feature national fracking expert David Braun and Global Exchange Community Rights director Shannon Biggs. Join or support the campaign no matter where you live!
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Mendocino County: Charting a new course for water protection?

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 1st April, 2014 | 3 Comments

2 color Mendo sticker California’s drought may be the “new normal” with communities counting water in terms of “days”. So why is the state green lighting water intensive (and water poisoning) projects like fracking and a slew of other bad ideas? Residents in Mendocino have another idea for water management—local control. They are partnering with Global Exchange to pass the first County-wide rights-based ordinance in the state, to protect water and ban fracking. They may just be shaking up how water decisions are made in California while they’re at it.
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New Release: A Call to Action for Nature’s New Economy

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange Community, Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 20th February, 2014 | 1 Comment

RON-300x262Last year a wise counsel of 32 leading global thinkers came together to discuss the power and promise of The Rights of Nature in transforming the “endless more” economy to living Earth economy. The Stillheart Declaration on Rights of Nature and the Economics of the Biosphere was released on February, 20, 2014 —appropriately, it is also the World Day of Social Justice. We hope it will inspire as much imagination, new energy, collaborative work and attention as those who wrote it.
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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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Can Rights of Nature Help Us Rewrite Our Human Story?

Posted by in Building Positive Alternatives, Community Rights on 7th November, 2013 | 3 Comments

RONThe 2013 Rights of Nature summit brought together top minds from across the globe to put forward a new vision for integrating rights of nature into diverse movements.
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A One-Man Fracking Ban

Posted by in Community Rights, End Dirty Energy on 30th September, 2013 | 3 Comments

3fda5cd1d9b6c221448fd6a7164ec25bWhen J. Stephen Cleghorn realized his certified-organic farm was at risk of being “fracked” for shale gas extraction, he became the first private property owner in the United States to use a “Rights of Nature” deed easement banning all activities that would do systemic harm to the ecosystem both above and deep below the surface of his farm.
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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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Legalizing Sustainability? Santa Monica Recognizes Rights of Nature

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