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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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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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Is the UN Promoting Environmental Apartheid? News from the Durban Climate Talks and Why You Should Care

Posted by in Community Rights on 14th December, 2011 | No Comments

durban stand strongWhy should anyone pay attention to what happened at the UN climate talks? The failure of international leaders to come to agreement in Durban South Africa sounds like business as usual, and it is—but make no mistake: officially choosing inaction now is a guaranteed death sentence for millions of people and ecosystems. If the lesson of Durban is that climate change is symptom, and not the problem, this may be our game-changing call to action.
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COP17: The Great Escape III

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured, World News & Events on 8th December, 2011 | No Comments

photo: project survival mediaAfter 9 days of negotiations there is no doubt that we saw this movie before. It is the third remake of Copenhagen and Cancun. Same actors. Same script. The documents are produced outside the formal negotiating scenario . In private meetings, dinners which the 193 member states do not attend. The result of these meetings is known only on the last day.
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8,000 Strong March in Durban at the Global Day of Action

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured on 6th December, 2011 | No Comments

earth rights now ballOur day began early as we worked feverishly with students who travelled across South Africa on the “Climate Train,”(one of the most visible campaigns in the COP 17 process) to finish decorating 10 4-foot tall beach balls emblazoned with “Earth Rights NOW” in English, French and Spanish.
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Where the REAL Climate Talks are Happening: Can the 99% Stop Climate Change?

Posted by in Community Rights, World News & Events on 3rd December, 2011 | 1 Comment

Shannon oilThe sun rises at 4:45 each morning in Durban, and like most of those still on California time, I woke soon after. The beach here is beautiful and nearby so I decided to take a brisk walk amongst the shore fisherfolk and shell collectors, a great change the mad bustle of the ICC center, where the official negotiations for the climate conference are taking place.
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Global Exchange is Headed to Durban, South Africa for COP17!

Posted by in Community Rights, World News & Events on 22nd November, 2011 | No Comments

2008.08.21-003This December, the 2011 UN Climate Talks will be held in Durban, South Africa. As we approach this year’s conference, environmental and climate justice activists around the world have reason to doubt that our world leaders will come together in Durban and reach a solid agreement on a solution to climate change. Past conferences have […]
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Community Rights goes to Occupy Wall Street

Posted by in Community Rights, Global Exchange News & Events on 27th October, 2011 | 4 Comments

Liberty Street - OWSOn October 26 I spent a chilly and drizzly day on Wall Street along with my fellow community-rights organizer, Ben Price from CELDF. We had been asked to share our experiences with those occupying Liberty Plaza. Together we spoke on the steps in the now-famous style of ‘the People’s Mic’, an altogether exhilarating experience.
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Food Justice: The Nature of Farming and Farming with Nature

Posted by in Community Rights, Featured, Global Exchange News & Events on 15th October, 2011 | 2 Comments

Shannon Biggs and Anuradha MittalToday is Blog Action Day, and Global Exchange is a proud Partner. This Blog Action Day the issue is food, (today is also World Food Day) and to mark the occasion we share with you an interview about food justice with Anuradha Mittal.
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Youth and the Rights of Nature

Posted by in Community Rights, People Power, Not Corporate Power on 13th October, 2011 | No Comments

Students-with-ShoshoneThis guest blog was written by Debra Weistar, co-director of Finding the Good Traveling Semester Program. “This was the most amazing day ever.  I learned more today than in all the years of my education.” –Wyatt Maniarrez, Oct. 6, 2011, after attending a court hearing between the Western Shoshone and the Bureau of Land Management […]
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