International Focus: Shifting the Dialogue
In addition to working with communities in the United States to pass laws recognizing rights of nature, we work with climate justice and social and environmental justice allies to build a global movement to support rights of nature at the local, national and international level; and helped found the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.
Download the Call to Action flyer for the Durban community HERE
Find out what happened at the COP17 conference in Durban! Click HERE to read the report back from Durban written by Shannon Biggs.
This June, we joined our international allies at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil to advocate for recognizing Rights of Nature as an alternative cultural and legal framework to the official corporate-led ‘Green Economy’ agenda being put forward by the UN at the summit.
A series of organizing events and strategy meetings were held throughout the week (both inside the conference and outside as part of the People’s Summit) to explore why a new framework for protecting the planet is necessary and part of a broader shift emerging globally today.
On Sunday, June 17th a major signing event of the Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth was held at the Rio Centro along with a panel of distinguished international activists. Download the signing event flyer here.
For more information on our work promoting Rights of Nature at Rio+20, read this blog post.
For a report-back on Rio+20 including a video blog taken at the conference, read Shannon's analysis here.
New Report on the Rights of Nature
Just in time for the Rio+20 Earth Summit Global Exchange announced the release of a new report, "RIGHTS OF NATURE: Planting Seeds of Real Change." This report takes a look at the flaws behind the Green Economy agenda, advocates for a rights-based framework to challenge the commodification and financialization of nature, and explores how Rights of Nature can be applied as a new legal framework that allows for true protection of the environment.
The report includes articles from leading activists such as former UN Ambassador to Bolivia Pablo Solon, Vandana Shiva, Maude Barlow, Alberto Acosta, and many more. View and download the report here.
To purchase a $10.00 hard copy of the report, please contact Kylie Nealis at (415)-575-5551 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
System Change, Not Climate Change
The Council of Canadians recently launched a new website: System Change, Not Climate Change The project is about bringing forward an array of voices to talk about why and how we can revision our economies and societies to put the interests of people and the environment first. The project aims to build awareness and inspire actions for climate justice in Canada and around the world through the organizing of community-based teach-ins using videos on different issues.
The website features a section on Rights of Nature; including video interviews with Shannon Biggs of Global Exchange, Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Maude Barlow from the Council of Canadians. Watch the interviews HERE.
See Bolivia’s Ambassador to the United Nations address Rights of Nature as the 2011 Global Exchange Human Rights Award recipient.
Read our People to People blog.
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