Rights of Nature – Amazon Rainforest Wisdom Immersion

An Invitation to Journey With Us, January 2014

Amazon forestThe fundamental principles encapsulated by Rights of Nature ─ of Mother Earth ─ are deeply rooted in the ancient wisdom of indigenous peoples. The Achuar and Kichwa peoples of the Upper Amazon of Ecuador maintain their ancient traditions living in harmony with their rainforest home.  It is no accident that in 2008 Ecuador became the first country in the world to recognize Rights of Nature in its Constitution.

We are extending a special invitation to Rights of Nature, Rights of Mother Earth advocates and individuals who are looking to understand the essence of the movement on a deeper, more personal level.  Join us on a rare opportunity to travel with global Rights of Nature leaders: Cormac Cullinan, South African environmental attorney and author of Wild Law, Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network and Robin Milam, Administrative Director for Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, on an intimate rainforest immersion journey.  We travel at the invitation of the indigenous peoples of the upper Amazon in partnership with The Pachamama Alliance. This unique journey is an opportunity to experience the Rights of Nature movement at its source while visiting with indigenous peoples in their ancestral rainforest homes.

Tiinkias eyes We will visit the iconic Kichwa community of Sarayaku and Achuar communities around the remote Kapawi Lodge. These communities have taken bold, internationally acclaimed stands to protect their rainforest home and preserve their ability to live in harmony with nature.  Throughout our journey, we will engage in a multi-faceted examination of our relationship with the natural world, the recognition of Rights of Nature, and what it means personally, as a society, and globally to restore our natural balance with Mother Earth, Pachamama and all life.

Each of us has unique gifts that are indispensable to the success of humanity at this time of unprecedented challenge and opportunity. You’ll return from your Journey with greater awareness of these very gifts and how to use them to make a difference, having been freshly recalibrated to the rhythms of the natural world. Join us on what is surely to be a life altering journey.

Learn more about our itinerary and overall journey on Pachamama’s website at: http://www.pachamama.org/pachamama-journeys/2014-journey-dates/january-17-to-january-28-2014.

huazin at KapawiThe Pachamama Alliance and its sister organization, Fundación Pachamama supported the inclusion of Rights of Nature in Ecuador’s Constitution and are founding members of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.

Journey Leader, Robin Milam first journeyed to the rainforest with Pachamama in 1997 and has been leading Pachamama Journeys for many years.  Participants have claimed “this is a journey of many lifetimes“.

Interested? Contact Robin at nature@therightsofnature.org or the Pachamama Journeys team and explore what this journey could be for you.

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WildLaw Published in Turkish

by Cormac Cullinan

Wild Law in Turkish“The legal, political and economic systems of contemporary industrialized societies are not only failing to prevent the destruction and degradation of Nature, and with it the well-being of future generations, they encourage and legitimize that destruction.

Cullinan argues that the survival of life on Earth—including humans—requires us to fundamentally alter our understanding of the purpose of law and governance, rather than merely changing laws.”

“Tiny but politically mighty”  — Sara Nelson, Publisher’s Weekly

Since its first publication in 2002, Wild Law has informed and inspired the global movement to recognize rights for Nature—a movement destined to shape the twenty-first century as significantly as the human rights movements shaped the twentieth. This revised edition includes a new preface, postscript and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth proclaimed on April 22, 2010.

Wild Law is now available in Turkish. Click to order.


How Did Leaders Respond to the People’s Climate March?

By Pablo Solon, Focus on the Global South

According to Ban Ki-Moon and other leaders the UN Climate Summit was a success. To see if that is true, we should look at: 1) what science is telling us; 2) the previous commitments made by governments; and 3) how these commitments at the UN have improved in order to address the mismatch between what has to be done and what is being done.

About 400,000 people went to the streets on September 21st to ask for real actions to address climate change. It was the greatest climate march in history.

Climate March in New York

The UN Climate Summit organized by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon took place two days later with the participation of 100 heads of state and 800 leaders from business. How did this Summit react to the demands of the peoples climate march? Did it meet the expectations?

According to Ban Ki-Moon and other leaders, it was a success. To see if that is true, we should look at: 1) what science is telling us; 2) the previous commitments made by governments; and 3) how these commitments at the UN have improved in order to address the mismatch between what has to be done and what is being done.

The main point of reference for any assessment is the greenhouse gas emissions gap for this decade. What we do now is more important than what we will do in the next decade or in 2050. If we don’t close the emission gap by 2020, we will lose the possibility to catch up with the path that is needed to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

Read the full article at Focus on the Global South


Why I’m going to the People’s Climate March

Pat SiemenI’m showing up. As a baby-boomer from the U.S. As a person of faith.   I am going to the People’s Climate March in New York on September 21.

The security of our home, planet Earth, is threatened. That’s why I’m going. It is not the terrorists, nor the immigrants, nor people who are poor that is causing this threat to Earth’s viability. It’s the continued excessive emissions of greenhouse gases created by those of us who live in highly industrialized, corporatized and technology-rich countries.

We baby-boomers in the U.S. are uniquely responsible for this major climate disruption. We have benefitted enormously from a way of life that provides every convenience, gadget and technology unimagined by our parents. We bought into the increased consumerism and easy access to a way of life made possible by increased use of fossil fuels. We taught our children to do the same. We didn’t know to teach them that Earth has capacity limits, just like every family.

Thousands are marching to reinforce the critical importance of the United Nations Climate Summit. I’m showing up with young and old, indigenous and immigrants, conservatives and liberals, business and labor, and people of every race, color and creed from all 50 states. Together we will march, sing and pray along the 26 blocks of the march route. We hope that our presence will demonstrate to the world leaders that they must take urgent action to prevent further ecological threats and mitigate the damage already done.

We are marching to demonstrate our solidarity with everyone who has a commitment to change the environmentally destructive ways we are living as a people – for the sake of our children and a viable future. We will march on behalf of all our kin: the threatened and endangered species, ecosystems and watersheds that are dying because of shifting climate patterns.  Read more …

WECAN International and Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature Host Event in Parallel to U.N. Climate Summit in New York

MILL VALLEY, Calif., September 18, 2014 – WECAN International and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature announce the “Rights of Nature and Systemic Change in Climate Solutions” event, to be held from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2014 at the Church Center for the United Nations in New York City.

Gloria Ushigua and Casey Camp-HorinekThe panel discussion will focus on the ways in which a new paradigm- treating nature as a right-bearing entity- is at the heart of genuine climate solutions, and will highlight results from the world’s first International Tribunal on the Rights of Nature and Mother Earth, held in 2014 in Quito, Ecuador. The event will additionally serve as strategy session on community applications of the principles of Rights of Nature as tools for resiliency and the protection of the Earth.

Panelists will include: Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environment Network; Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center; Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange; Casey Camp-Horinek, Ponca Nation, Indigenous Environment Network; Gloria Ushigua, Association of Sápara Women, Ecuador; and Osprey Orielle Lake, WECAN International.

“Our legal systems define how we relate as society,” noted Robin Milam of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. “Recognizing Rights of Nature/ Rights of Mother Earth puts forth a new vision for living in harmony with all life.”

Yasuni tree from Emily Arasim“We have seen decades worth of environmental protection laws that have failed to prevent the increasingly grave threats of climate change, degradation of our planet’s ecosystems, and the growing displacement of humans and other species,” said Osprey Orielle Lake, co-founder and executive director of WECAN International. “To achieve sustainability, even at its most basic level, the time has come for society to restructure the fundamental framework of our governance and economics systems as they relate to the relationship of humans and our Earth.”

More information and registration details for this event can be found by visiting wecaninternational.org/pages/registration-rights-of-nature

About WECAN International

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN International) is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions. Recent work includes the 2013 International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, Women’s Climate Declaration, and WECAN Women’s Climate Action Agenda. International climate advocacy is complemented with on-the-ground programs such as the Women’s for Forests and Fossil Fuel/Mining/Mega Dam Resistance, and Regional Climate Solutions Trainings in the Middle East North Africa region and Democratic Republic of Congo. WECAN International was founded in 2013 as a project of the 501(c)3 Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) organization and its partner eraGlobal Alliance.

About the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature is a network of organizations and individuals committed to the universal adoption and implementation of legal systems that recognize, respect and enforce Rights of Nature and to making Rights of Nature an idea whose time has come. Alliance members are actively promoting recognition of the Rights of Nature ~ Mother Earth through the global Earth Rights Days of Action in October 2014 and convening the International Rights of Nature Tribunal to be held in Lima, Peru concurrent with UN FCCC COP20 December 5-6, 2014. More information at TheRightsofNature.org.

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Bay Area Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal

Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10am to 2pm
“The Forum,” Laney College

900 Fallon St., OaklandBay Area Rights of Nature People's Tribunal
(Lake Merritt BART)

FREE; registration is required
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The Bay Area Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal will examine the violations of nature’s rights and human rights caused by the fossil fuel industry, using Chevron’s refinery in Richmond as a case study.  By highlighting the impacts on people and nature from the Chevron refinery and “Big Oil” activities, the Tribunal will also place on trial current legal and economic systems that advance the destruction of nature.

The event will be part of the global “Earth Rights Days of Action” and the related efforts of the International Rights of Nature Tribunals in Quito, Ecuador (January 2014) and Lima, Peru (December 2014).

Tribunal judges include:

  • Carl Anthony (Breakthrough Communities; Urban Habitat)
  • Brian Swimme (California Institute of Integral Studies; Journey of the Universe)
  • Anuradha Mittal (Oakland Institute)
  • Courtney Cummings (Arikara and Cheyenne; Native Wellness Center, Richmond)
  • Bill Twist (Pachamama Alliance)

The day will also include:

  • The “Web of Life Labyrinth,” created by local artists
  • Local music; food for purchase
  • Insights from Bay Area ecological justice, human rights, local economy, indigenous, women’s, and other groups.

Save your space for this important event; register now at: http://therightsofnature.org/events/bayareatribunal.

Bay Area Rights of Nature People's Tribunal About the organizers: This event was organized by the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance (BARoNA) – a coalition of organizations and individuals actively working in diverse fields to further the rights of both people and nature to well-being.

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Bioneers: People’s Earth Tribunals

People’s Earth Tribunals and Community Bills of Rights:
Mobilizing for Community and to Enshrine Nature’s Rights

National Bioneers Conference

October 19, 2014 – 4:30pm
San Rafael, CA USA

Growing the Movement - The World We Want & How to Get There

What if ecosystems could sue for violating the rights of nature in places like Alberta’s tar sands or Fukushima? What if communities could write new laws that place their rights and local ecosystems above corporate interests? Come find out about the first international Rights of Nature Tribunal and local California Community Bills of Rights, and how you can participate.

Hosted by Shannon Biggs, Community Rights director, Global Exchange. With: Vandana Shiva, founder/Director, Navdanya; Pennie Opal Plant, Idle No More/Gathering Tribes; Robin Milam, Administrative Director, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature; Osprey Orielle Lake, founder/Executive Director, Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus; Prajna Marcus, Bay Area Rights of Nature; Linda Sheehan, Executive Director, Earth Law Center.

Part of Earth Rights Days of Action! 

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Bioneers: Indigenous Women on North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection


Indigenous Forum – (Double session)
Sunday October 19

2:45 PM:   Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (I)

This indigenous North-South cultural exchange builds bridges and solidarity among North-South indigenous people and their allies. Courageous indigenous leader Patricia Gualinga (Kichwa) from the Ecuadorian Amazon joins Amazon Watch and Pachamama Alliance with an urgent report from the rainforest front lines where indigenous women are stepping into leadership to defend the rights of Mother Earth (Pachamama) and their peoples, and to protect the Amazon from oil concessions.

4:30 PM:   Indigenous Women on the North-South Frontlines of Earth Protection (II)

Hosted by Tom Goldtooth (Dine’/Dakota) of the Indigenous Environmental Network. With indigenous women from the North: Casey Camp (Ponca), elder indigenous rights activist and actress, on historical impacts of oil development in Oklahoma and current threats from pipelines from the Canadian Tar Sands; Faith Gemmill (Gwich’in), of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands), on the history of oil and gas development in Alaska and expansion plans for offshore drilling; and witnesses Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation) and Eriel Deranger  (Athabaskan Chipewyan First Nation) with Idle No More.

Economics of Sustainability Conference

The Economics of Sustainability

Economics of Sustainability conference will focus on the intersection of Economics and the Environment. What will the Earth look like in 2030, 2050, or 2100? Can we organize economic relationships to honor the carrying capacity of the Earth? Can we implement economic models that respect the Earth and its finite boundaries?

October 6 – 9, 2014
Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA USA

Economics of Sustainability conference will focus on the intersection of Economics and the Environment.

What will the Earth look like in 2030, 2050, or 2100? Can we organize economic relationships to honor the carrying capacity of the Earth? Can we implement economic models that respect the Earth and its finite boundaries?

How will we mitigate the effects of climate change in a way that honors the Earth and puts people before profit?

Programs will include workshops, networking meetings, action groups, and outstanding presentations from economists, scientists, activists, and leaders in the environmental movement. The goal is to launch a platform for systemic change — economically, culturally, politically — and to network organizations for collaborative efforts in that pursuit.

Confirmed Speakers: Gar Alperovitz, Ellen Brown, Richard Heinberg, Michael Brune, Randy Hayes, Mark Hertsgaard, Mark Z. Jacobson, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin (Richmond, CA), David Korten, Andrew Kimbrell Janet Redmond, Jihan Gearon, Don Shaffer, Nikki Silvestri, Osprey Orielle Lake, George Lakoff, Georgia Kelly, Representatives from the Mondragon Cooperatives (Spain): Pio Aguirre, Michael Peck, and more!

Learn more at http://praxispeace.org/conference14.php