Organizations stand in solidarity with Fundación Pachamama

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Express your organization’s solidarity with Fundación Pachamama! This is a letter circulating for organizations / institutions/ federations, etc. to sign onto.

Please sign for your organization as soon as possible (we will publish once we have a critical mass of sign-ons) via the Google Form, found at: http://tinyurl.com/m89t835. Or you can send a message to pat@pachamama.org with the following information:  Organization name, Organization country, Contact name, Contact e-mail address. We will publish once we have a critical mass of sign-ons.

Separate from this request for organizations, individuals can sign the Avaaz petition.

We Stand in Solidarity with Fundación Pachamama in Ecuador

The below listed organizations, both Ecuadorian and international, would like to make the following statement to the broader public, our political representatives, and the media:

On the morning of December 4th, 2013, the Quito-based headquarters of the internationally recognized organization Fundación Pachamama were raided and closed down by police agents, who presented a resolution of the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment dissolving the organization.

We agree with Fundación Pachamama’s position that this dissolution is an arbitrary act, looking to repress the organization’s legitimate right to dissent against the national government’s decision to hand over the territories of Amazonian indigenous peoples via concessions to oil companies, without respecting those peoples’ constitutional rights, in particular their right to free, prior, and informed consent, in agreement with international human rights law.

Fundación Pachamama’s position has always been based in the defense of human rights and the rights of nature, all of this carried out in actions within the rule of law. For the last sixteen years they have offered solidarity and assistance to the indigenous organizations that legitimately represent the ancestral peoples of the Amazon.

As a matter of principle and institutional nature, Fundación Pachamama rejects any violent actions coming from any sector. In our experience, the Foundation has never supported or much less participated in violent actions. Such violence cannot be imputed upon them for acts they did not commit.

Given their work in defense of rights, they have been publicly and viciously attacked by those who hold political power in Ecuador, accusations that have been broadly disseminated through state-run media. We view this as violent, in addition to hastily dissolving an organization, without any legal justification, without a due process that would guarantee legitimate defense.

Responding to this aggression, we express our support for the Fundación Pachamama while they:

1. Don’t renounce their right to defend rights; and

2. Challenge the government’s decision through all the legal means at their disposal.

We will continue supporting Fundación Pachamama while they guarantee that this aggression, to which they are victims, doesn’t distract attention and debate from the core issue which is the violation of Amazonian indigenous peoples’ collective rights and the rights of nature, by means of an oil tender carried out against the will of the legitimate property holders of the affected territories, through a ‘socialization process’, not a real consultation.

It’s time to reinstate Fundación Pachamama and end the repression against civil society and indigenous peoples in Ecuador.

(Organizational signatures, organized by country)

Versión en español

Expresar la solidaridad de su organización con la Fundación Pachamama! Esto es un pronunciamiento para adhesiones institucionales (de organizaciones, federaciones, etc). Favor entregar la información lo más pronto posible (publicaremos la carta cuando tengamos una masa crítica de adhesiones) a través del Google Form que hemos establecido en el siguiente link: http://tinyurl.com/m89t835. O se puede enviar un mensaje a pat@pachamama.org con la siguiente información: Nombre de Organización, País de Organización, Nombre de Contacto, Correo-e de Contacto.

Individuos pueden firmar la petición de Avaaz.

Nos Solidarizamos con la Fundación Pachamama en Ecuador

Las organizaciones Ecuatorianas e Internacionales abajo adheridas manifestamos lo siguiente a la opinión pública, nuestros representantes políticos, y los medios de comunicación:

En la mañana del miércoles 04 de diciembre de 2013, en las oficinas de la organización internacionalmente reconocida Fundación Pachamama en la ciudad de Quito, Ecuador se presentaron funcionarios de la Policía y procedieron a clausurar las instalaciones a la vez que se les dejaban una resolución del Ministerio de Ambiente por la que se disuelve la organización.

Coincidimos con la postura de Fundación Pachamama que dicha disolución es un acto arbitrario que busca reprimir su legítimo derecho a disentir de la decisión del Gobierno Nacional de entregar en concesión territorios de las nacionalidades indígenas amazónicas a empresas petroleras, sin respetar sus derechos constitucionales, especialmente a la consulta libre, previa e informada, de acuerdo a los estándares del Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos.

La posición de la Fundación Pachamama siempre se ha fundamentado en el ejercicio de la defensa de los derechos humanos y de la naturaleza y se ha concretado en acciones enmarcadas en el estado de derecho. Desde hace dieciséis años ellos han ofrecido un apoyo solidario a las organizaciones indígenas que legítimamente representan a los pueblos ancestrales de la Amazonía.

Por principio y naturaleza institucional, la Fundación Pachamama rechaza las manifestaciones violentas que provengan de cualquier sector. En nuestra experiencia, desde la Fundación Pachamama nunca han apoyado ni participado en ningún acto violento. No se les puede imputar actos en los que no han participado.

Por su trabajo en defensa de los derechos han sido agredidos pública y violentamente mediante expresiones de quien detenta el poder político, difundidas ampliamente por los medios de comunicación bajo control del gobierno. Eso es violencia, además de disolver a una organización intempestivamente, sin causa legal alguna, sin un debido proceso que garantice la legítima defensa.

Frente a esta agresión, manifestamos nuestro respaldo a Fundación Pachamama mientras ellos:

1. No renuncian a su derecho a defender los derechos; y

2. Impugnarán la decisión por todos los medios legales a su alcance.

Apoyaremos a Fundación Pachamama mientras ellos trabajan para que la agresión de que son víctima, no desvíe la atención y el debate del tema de fondo que es la violación de los derechos colectivos de los pueblos indígenas amazónicos y de los derechos de la Naturaleza, por una ronda petrolera realizada contra la voluntad de los legítimos propietarios de los territorios afectados, a través de una “socialización”, no una consulta.

Es momento de reinstituir a Fundación Pachamama y acabar con la represión contra sociedad civil y pueblos indígenas en Ecuador.

(adhesiones institucionales, organizadas por país)

Version française

Manifestez la solidarité de votre organisation avec la Fondation Pachamama ! La lettre qui suit a été mise en circulation pour toutes les organisations/institutions/fédérations, etc. qui souhaiteraient la signer. S’il vous plait faites le aussi vite que possible (nous la publierons une fois que nous aurons atteint un nombre significatif de signataires) à l’aide du Google Form, que vous trouverez à l’adresse : http://tinyurl.com/m89t835. Vous pouvez aussi envoyer un message à pat@pachamama.org comprenant les informations suivantes : Nom de l’organisation, pays de l’Organisation, nom du Contact, adresse e-mail du Contact. Les individus peuvent signer la pétition Avaaz.

Nous sommes solidaires avec la Fondation Pachamama en Equateur.

Les organisations citées ci-dessous, équatoriennes et internationales, souhaitent délivrer le message suivant au public, à nos représentants politiques et aux médias :

Le 4 décembre 2013 au matin, le siège de l’organisation internationalement reconnue Fondation Pachamama a été victime d’une descente de la police qui a fermé les locaux, et utilisé un ordre de dissolution de l’organisation en provenance du ministère équatorien de l’environnement.

Nous soutenons la position de la Fondation Pachamama, qui déclare cette dissolution arbitraire, et dans l’optique de réprimer le droit légitime de l’organisation à être en désaccord avec les décisions du gouvernement, et en particulier celle de remettre à l’aide de concessions les terres des populations indigènes d’Amazonie à des entreprises pétrolières, sans respecter les droits constitutionnels de ces peuples, en particulier leur droit à un consentement libre, préalable et éclairé, en accord avec le droit international des droits de l’Homme.

La Fondation Pachamama a toujours fondé sa position sur la défense des droits humains et des droits de la nature, tout cela s’exprimant sous la forme d’actions respectant l’Etat de droit. Au cours des seize dernières années ils ont offert solidarité et assistance à des organisations indigènes dotées de la légitimité de représenter les populations ancestrales de l’Amazonie.

A la fois par question de principe et de par sa nature institutionnelle, la Fondation Pachamama rejette toute action violente. D’après notre expérience, la Fondation n’a jamais soutenu et encore moins participé à la moindre action violente. Une telle violence ne peut leur être imputé pour des actes qu’ils n’ont pas commis.

En raison de leur travail de défense des droits, ils ont été publiquement et injustement attaqués par ceux qui détiennent le pouvoir politique en Equateur, des accusations qui ont été largement diffusées à l’aide de médias détenus par l’Etat. Nous considérons qu’il s’agit de violence, à laquelle s’ajoute la dissolution à la hâte d’une organisation, sans aucune justification juridique, et en l’absence d’une procédure régulière qui aurait permis à l’organisation d’exercer la légitime défense.

En réponse à cette agression, nous exprimons notre soutien à la Fondation Pachamama alors qu’ils :

  1. Ne renoncent pas à leur droit de défendre les droits ; et
  2. Contestent la décision du gouvernement à l’aide de tous les moyens judiciaires dont ils disposent.

Nous continuerons de soutenir la Fondation Pachamama tout nous assurant que cette agression dont ils sont victimes ne détourne pas l’attention et le débat du problème central que représente la violation des droits collectifs des populations indigènes de l’Amazonie et les droits de la nature, au travers d’un appel d’offre pour le pétrole, mené contre la volonté des détenteurs légitimes de ces territoires affectés et malgré un « processus de socialisation » qui n’est en aucun cas une véritable consultation.

Nous soutenons la position de la Fondation Pachamama, qui déclare cette dissolution arbitraire, et dans l’optique de réprimer le droit légitime de l’organisation à être en désaccord avec les décisions du gouvernement, et en particulier celle de remettre à l’aide de concessions les terres des populations indigènes d’Amazonie à des entreprises pétrolières, sans respecter les droits constitutionnels de ces peuples, en particulier leur droit à un consentement libre, préalable et éclairé, en accord avec le droit international des droits de l’Homme.

La Fondation Pachamama a toujours fondé sa position sur la défense des droits humains et des droits de la nature, tout cela s’exprimant sous la forme d’actions respectant l’Etat de droit. Au cours des seize dernières années ils ont offert solidarité et assistance à des organisations indigènes dotées de la légitimité de représenter les populations ancestrales de l’Amazonie.

A la fois par question de principe et de par sa nature institutionnelle, la Fondation Pachamama rejette toute action violente. D’après notre expérience, la Fondation n’a jamais soutenu et encore moins participé à la moindre action violente. Une telle violence ne peut leur être imputé pour des actes qu’ils n’ont pas commis.

En raison de leur travail de défense des droits, ils ont été publiquement et injustement attaqués par ceux qui détiennent le pouvoir politique en Equateur, des accusations qui ont été largement diffusées à l’aide de médias détenus par l’Etat. Nous considérons qu’il s’agit de violence, à laquelle s’ajoute la dissolution à la hâte d’une organisation, sans aucune justification juridique, et en l’absence d’une procédure régulière qui aurait permis à l’organisation d’exercer la légitime défense.

En réponse à cette agression, nous exprimons notre soutien à la Fondation Pachamama alors qu’ils :

  1. Ne renoncent pas à leur droit de défendre les droits ; et
  2. Contestent la décision du gouvernement à l’aide de tous les moyens judiciaires dont ils disposent.

Nous continuerons de soutenir la Fondation Pachamama tout nous assurant que cette agression dont ils sont victimes ne détourne pas l’attention et le débat du problème central que représente la violation des droits collectifs des populations indigènes de l’Amazonie et les droits de la nature, au travers d’un appel d’offre pour le pétrole, mené contre la volonté des détenteurs légitimes de ces territoires affectés et malgré un « processus de socialisation » qui n’est en aucun cas une véritable consultation.

Il est grand temps de rétablir la Fondation Pachamama et de mettre un terme à la répression qui sévit en Equateur contre la société civile et les populations indigènes.

(Signature de l’Organisation, triées par pays)

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.

Stories from Around the World

We invite you to share your stories about Rights of Nature. Tell us examples of how rights of nature are being recognized in your community or around the world.

Please enter your story as a comment.  We reserve the right to edit stories out of respect for our broader earth community.

WECAN at the Peoples Climate March

Peoples Climate March & Climate Week 2014:
Events and Wall of Women Action!

Women's Earth and Climate Action NetworkWomen’s Earth and Climate Action Network – WECAN has released its Action Plan for the Peoples Climate March & Climate Week in New York September 21-23. Read and print the details for the WECAN Climate Week 2014.

Highlights include:

On September 21st a delegation representing Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network – WECAN will take to the streets of New York City, joining thousands of allies in raising women’s voices at the ‘Peoples Climate March’. Soon to be the largest climate march in history, the Peoples Climate March seeks to “bend the course of history”, drawing global attention and exerting direct pressure on attendees of the UN Climate Summit. WECAN encourages everyone who is able to march with us on this momentous day as we mobilize for the rights of women, indigenous peoples, nature, and future generations. 

On September 22nd, WECAN International will host Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change’, an extraordinary afternoon of women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against activities and policies that threaten the environment, our communities, and the very future of life as we know it. Presentations will highlight the role of women worldwide as innovators and agents of change, and explore means of strengthening the network of women leaders who are on the frontline of the transition to a just and sustainable future. WECAN’s newly released Women’s Climate Action Agenda will be shared and discussed at the event, to be held at the UN Church Center in New York City from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Immediately following ‘Women Leading Solutions’ on September 22nd, WECAN leaders and allies will convene for the second day of the Wall of Women’ action. For details see: wecaninternational.org/climate-march-2014-gallery

On September 23rd, WECAN International and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature will host an afternoon panel and strategy session on the ‘Rights of Nature and Systemic Change in Climate Solutions’ from 2:15-3 pm at the Church Center of the United Nations. The event is founded with the conviction that modern legal systems have failed to adequately address environmental and social degradation, and that a new paradigm which treats nature as a right-bearing entity is at the heart of genuine climate solutions.  Panelists will provide an introduction to the Rights of Nature and discuss International Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunals, community applications of the Rights of Nature as a tool for protection and resiliency, and much more.

More information at WECAN People’s Climate March and Week of Action

Peoples Climate March and Rights of Nature Event – New York September 21-23

People's Climate MarchThe largest climate march in history is planned in New York for September 21 as a lead up to the UN Climate Summit. IEN, Global Exchange, WECAN, Idle No More, Earth Law Center, AmazonWatch, and other Alliance members are organizing delegations, hosting call-to-action events on the People’s Climate Train and at the UN Church Center that week.

Rights of Nature and Systemic Change for Real Climate Solutions

September 23 2:15pm
UN Church Center
New York, NY

On September 23rd, Global Alliance and Women’s Earth and Climate Network will host a Rights of Nature and Systemic Change for Real Climate Solutions event at 2:15-3pm at UN Church Center.

After decades of environmental protection laws (which have achieved some notable successes), our modern legal systems have failed to prevent the increasingly grave threats of climate change, degradation of earth’s ecosystems, and the growing displacement of humans and other species. 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. A growing Rights of Nature movement is committed to creating a system of jurisprudence that treats nature and Mother Earth as a rights bearing entity. Rooted in traditional indigenous wisdom, which respects the equal rights of nature and honors the interrelationship of all life, a new paradigm founded in the notion of living in harmony with nature is critical to climate discussions, sustainability goals, community’s having the right to self-determination, and a just transition to a clean energy economy as we face urgent ecological tipping points.

Panelists will provide an introduction to Rights of Nature/Rights of Mother Earth and examine :

  • Past and upcoming international Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunals;
  • Rights of Nature and the new economy
  • Rights of Nature as a key alternative to market-mechanism “solutions”; and
  • At a local level, what Rights of Nature can do to protect your community from fracking and other harms.

Contact Osprey Orielle Lake if you want to participate.

 

Yale Center offers Rights of Nature research projects

The Center for the Rights of Nature at Yale is opening this September with a research and advocacy program through the Yale Environmental Protection Clinic - a clinic that straddles the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The Clinic would like to receive several project proposals from the rights of nature network. As the Project Submission Instructions and the Yale EPC Proposal Template detail, the Clinic is able to provide roughly 300 hours of volunteer research and work in legal analysis or scientific research for each project. The deadline for submission is Friday, August 22nd, 2014. The most important thing for your application is that you describe concrete goals with which the clinic can assist. Project proposals must be written in English. Please contact us with any questions and also feel free to send along drafts of your proposal for comments and suggestions by one week before the deadline, Friday August 15th, 2014 at rightsofnatureatyale@gmail.com

 

El Centro para los Derechos de la Naturaleza en Yale se abre este mes de septiembre con un programa de investigación y promoción a través de La Clínica de Protección Ambiental de Yale. La Clínica es parte de la Escuela de Derecho y la Escuela de Estudios Forestales y Ambientales. La Clínica gustaría recifbir algunas propuestas del red global para los derechos de la naturaleza. A medida que la documentación adjunta detalle, la clínica puede ofrecer alrededor de 300 horas de investigación voluntario en trabajo del análisis legal o de investigación científica. El plazo de presentación finaliza el Viernes, 22 de agosto 2014. Lo más importante para su aplicación es que usted describe los objetivos concretos con que la clínica puede ayudar. Las propuestas de proyectos deberán estar escritos en Inglés. Por favor, póngase en contacto con nosotros con cualquier pregunta y también no dude en enviar a lo largo de los borradores de su propuesta para comentarios y sugerencias por una semana antes de la fecha límite, el viernes 15 de agosto 2014 en rightsofnatureatyale@gmail.com

People’s Climate Train – CA to NY Sept 2014

From the Peoples Climate Train organizers:

The People’s Climate Train is pulling out on September 15 from Emeryville, CA and will arrive in New York City on September 18, 2014 to join the People’s Climate March September 20 & 21. Visit People’s Climate Train to SIGN UP NOW!

All Abooooaard ! !

This train is bound for the People’s Climate March, the largest demonstration ever to demand action on climate change. This mass march will coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit on September 20th & 21st, to which the leaders of 180 countries have been invited.Join the People's Climate Train to the The People’s Climate March and UN Climate SummitThe train will leave the SF Bay Area on Monday, September 15, picking up activists and concerned citizens in Sacramento, Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver, Chicago and more, before arriving in NYC on Thursday the 18th. Along the way we’ll have teach-ins, trainings, mixers, and movement-building workshops.

Please contact vlove@biologicaldiversity.org with questions, ideas, and/or interest in participating in this legendary train ride to the biggest demonstration in the history of the climate movement. More info at People’s Climate Train.

If you want to ride from Emeryville, you can buy your tickets now! $201 in coach – $558 per person in shared sleeping car to Chicago.

Why:

The People’s Climate March is an invitation to change everything. The people will converge on New York City during the UN Climate Summit to demand that our world leaders ensure a safe, stable future for us all. We want to be there, and we want getting there to be as meaningful as the event itself.

What:

The People’s Climate Train is a once in a lifetime experience for participants to spend days together networking, sharing knowledge and skills, organizing and building towards a landmark moment in the climate movement.

This cross-country train will travel from the SF Bay Area to New York City, picking up activists and concerned citizens all along the way, using these precious days together for teach-ins and trainings, mixers and movement building. We will arrive at the People’s Climate March more connected, informed, organized, and ready for action.

Who:

This People’s Climate Train is being organized by Center for Biological Diversity in partnership with Buddhist Global Relief, Global Exchange, 350.org and many regional grassroots groups. The People’s Climate March is endorsed by hundreds of grassroots, faith, and environmental groups from across the country.

A big Thank you to Center for Biological Diversity and all the organizing partners!

Story of Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the Ethics Tribunal

Just re-released!  The story of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the Ethics Tribunal!

Learn about the origins of the Rights of Nature movement as Ecuador becomes the first country to include Rights of Nature in its Constitution and communities across the United States adopt Rights of Nature and assert their community rights.  Travel to Cochabamba, Bolivia for the creation and proclamation of the Universal Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth.  Experience the 2014 Global Rights of Nature Summit and the launch of the first Permanent Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal.

Thank you to Siegmund Thies and Norie Huddle for producing this video in both English and Spanish!

For more visit:  Video on Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the Ethics Tribunal  http://therightsofnature.org/ga-ron-video/

I’m a Farm Wife

I’m a Farm Wife… and I hate GMOs.

gmo corn

I’m a Farm Wife. And I Hate GMOs.

Excerpts of a farm wife of a grain farmer debuncts the public myths about GMO’s and talks about why she hates GMOs and about the chemical companies at the center of the GMO thrust:

I’m a farm wife – of a grain farmer. A GMO grain farmer. There’s been a lot of heated debates about GMOs lately, as there should be, and it seems like I hear the same things repeated over and over in our agricultural community. If you’re against GMOs, you’re against farmers. If you’re against GMOs, you must be some yuppie woman from the city who drops her children off at their charter school, hits up her organic market, and goes back to her 7th floor flat to practice her internet activism against GMOs. If you are that mom, no offense, and the movement can certainly use you, provided that you really do your research and don’t quote things from NaturalNews without first making sure they are entirely unbiased and true.

So to the meat of it – why would I hate GMOs? Well, I’m going to outline several reasons. Sure, part of what you hear from me will be what you’ve heard from other GMO activists. Safety concerns, concerns about evil corporations, etc. I do not disagree with those points that many activists make. And let me say here that many times, when I’ve heard folks insult “anti-GMO activists” and I chime in, I get the “Well yeah but you’re not one of the crazy activists, so you don’t count in [whatever insult I just made]” Aren’t I? I readily admit I am one of the most outspoken people you will find on the topic. I don’t hesitate to write legislators, sign petitions, or call Monsanto on their BS on their Facebook page. I AM one of those crazy activists. And that’s fine with me. You don’t change the world by behaving. But my reasons for hating GMOs go way beyond many of the normal things you usually hear from The Activists. I truly feel that these companies and these seeds are threatening to utterly DESTROY our industry.

Read the full article of her arguments Sweet Sustainability http://sweetsustainability.net/category/project-conventional-farmer/

Video Alianza Global por los Derechos de la Naturaleza

Video que narra la creacion de la Alianza Global por los Derechos de la Naturaleza y el Tribunal Etico por los Derechos de la Naturaleza.

Ecuador – from wonder to wasteland?

As the Correa Administration moves forward with devastating intentions to drill for more oil in one of the most biodiverse areas on our planet, the cry for earth justice increases and Ecuador faces increasing turmoil.

Ecuador – from wonder to wasteland?

by David Dene. Co-founder of Protect Ecuador

the beauty of Ecuador, Yasuni National park - from the upper Amazon to the Andean HighlandsEcuador is a small country containing a wealth of bio-diversity and is being threatened by a 21st century Neo-Liberal mind-set which is more interested in the accumulation of Capital than in the preservation of irreplaceable eco-systems.

The present Government’s push for the extraction of oil and mineral resources in some of the most bio-diverse areas on our planet Earth is causing growing tension in the country.

Oil Exploration and Extraction.
Yasuni National Park is an area of incredible bio-diversity which the Government has declared open to oil extraction. The people of Ecuador have presented more than 750,000 signatures demanding a referendum on this extraction. In just four days the Government declared 230,000 votes unacceptable, and refused to hold a referendum. There are loud calls declaring the process “fraudulent” and failure of the Democratic process (and here).

Read the full article at:

http://www.ecohustler.co.uk/2014/05/23/the-battle-for-ecuador/