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 International at the UNFCCC COP20 2014

Women's Earth & Climate Action Network

For a printable flyer click: WECAN Lima Flyer #1

Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change-Lima 

A convening of women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against environmentally and socially destructive activities and policies, and to present the diverse array of visions and strategies with which they are working to chart another course. Panels and strategy circles will focus on extractive industries and mega-dams, forest protection and territory rights, renewable energy alternatives, new economic frameworks, rights of nature, systemic change, and how relationships between women of the Global South & North are furthering the climate justice movement. The Women’s Climate Action Agenda will be explored as a tool for implementing solutions.

Free & open to the public.

More information on related events at WECAN International at the UNFCCC COP20 2014 Para información en español, haga clic aquí.

WECAN International formal UN side event at the UNFCCC COP20

Women's Earth & Climate Action NetworkEvent in collaboration with allies at Amazon Watch and TakingItGlobal. WECAN will present the Women’s Climate Action Agenda as a blueprint for our path forward and showcase examples of youth and women as agents of local and global change. Particular focus will be on Indigenous women on the frontlines of climate change and solutions building. December 9, 2014. 16:45-18:15. Caral Room.




WECAN Agenda

International Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal – Lima

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature will adjudicate various cases linked to COP20 proceedings, including threats to the Great Barrier Reef and oil and mineral extraction in South America. The Tribunal is a model and potent tool to help communities working to defend the Earth and their health and heritage. WECAN is on the Global Alliance Steering Committee and will be participating in the Tribunal. For more information and registration, visit www.therightsofnature.org/events/ron-ethics-tribunal-lima

December 5-6, 2014.

Gran Hotel Bolivar, Jiron de la Union 958.

Free & open to the public. 

Advocacy work inside the UNFCCC COP20

In partnership with the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the Women and Gender Constituency.  December 1-12, 2014.

The Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network (formerly IWECI) is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions. For Our Earth and Future Generations

WOMEN ON THE RISE – Connecting Stories From The Frontlines

Trailer | WOMEN ON THE RISE – Connecting Stories From The Frontlines from Indigenous Environmental Network on Vimeo.

Trailer for a short film chronicling & connecting the stories of Indigenous Women worldwide leading the charge to protect the rights of Mother Earth and the generations to come; representing frontline communities most impacted by extractive industries.

Stories shared from:
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network; Melina Laboucan-Massimo, (Lubicon Cree First Nation ) Climate and Energy Campaigner for Greenpeace Canada; Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation) Climate and Energy Campaigner for The Sierra Club; Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, communications manager of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation; Patricia Gualinga Montalvo, Kichwa Leader from the Ecuadorian Amazon | Amazon Watch; Pennie Opal Plant of Idle No More Bay Area California, and more to come.

Join us in Lima at the International Rights of Nature Tribunal

International Rights of Nature Tribunal

Around the world, people are realizing that our laws fail to respect nature’s rights to exist, thrive and evolve. Treating nature as merely property is harming both people and the environment. Parallel to the UN Climate Change Convention, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature will host its second International Rights of Nature Tribunal.

The Tribunal will review a diverse selection of cases aligned with UN FCCC COP20 priorities within a Rights of Nature context. The various cases will address the impacts of Climate Change, destructive oil and mineral extraction in Peru and South America, threats to the Great Barrier Reef, hydraulic fracking, and protection of Defenders of the Earth such as the Bagua massacre that is on trial this year in Peru. A distinguished cross-cultural panel of judges from around the world will hear the cases presented by a diverse collection of experts and victims. The rulings of the Tribunal will focus on violations to the Rights of Nature based on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth and where appropriate, the Ecuadorian Constitution.

The two day Tribunal will be held Friday 5 – Saturday 6 December at Gran Hotel Bolivar in the historic district of Lima and a few minutes walk to the Alternative Peoples Conference near Parque de la Exposición in central Lima.

For more information, visit International Rights of Nature Tribunal – Lima at http://therightsofnature.org/lima-2014-tribunal/

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Tribunal Internacional por los Derechos de la Naturaleza

Tribunal Internacional Derechos de la Naturaleza
En todo el mundo, la gente se está dando cuenta de que nuestras leyes no respetan los derechos de la naturaleza para existir, crecer y evolucionar. El tratamiento de la naturaleza como una mera propiedad está dañando a las personas y al ambiente.Como evento paralelo a la Convención sobre Cambio Climático de la ONU, la Alianza Mundial por los Derechos de la Naturaleza celebrará su segundo Tribunal por los Derechos de la Naturaleza y la Madre Tierra.El Tribunal revisará una gran cantidad de casos relacionados con las prioridades de la Conferencia de las Partes de la ONU dentro del contexto de los Derechos de la Naturaleza. Estos casos abordarán los impactos del cambio climático, la extracción de petróleo y minerales destructivos en el Perú y América del Sur, las amenazas a la Gran Barrera de Coral, la fractura hidráulica (fracking), y la protección de los defensores de la tierra, tales como la masacre de Bagua que está siendo juzgado este año en el Perú.

Un distinguido panel intercultural de jueces de todo el mundo va a escuchar los casos presentados por las victimas y expertos. Las resoluciones del Tribunal se centrarán en violaciones a los Derechos de la Naturaleza sobre la base de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos de la Madre Tierra y en su caso, la Constitución ecuatoriana.

El Tribunal sesionará el viernes 5 y el Sábado 6 de diciembre en el “Gran Hotel Bolívar” en el centro histórico de Lima, a pocos minutos a pie de la Conferencia de los Pueblos y cerca del Parque de la Exposición en el centro de Lima.

Para obtener más información, visite los Derechos Internacionales de la Naturaleza Tribunal – Lima en: http://therightsofnature.org/tribunal-internacional-derechos-de-la-naturaleza/

Council of Canadians supports the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

Council of Canadians / Le Conseil des CanadiensFrom Council of Canadians blog:

The Council of Canadians and the Blue Planet Project support the assertion that nature has rights. In short that means we believe that natural ecosystems including trees, oceans, animals and mountains have the right to exist, maintain and regenerate their vital cycles.

Blue Planet ProjectPart of this support is our participation in the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. The Global Alliance is an international grouping of individuals and organizations committed to building support for and the realization of the rights of nature. Our national chairperson Maude Barlow is the North American representative on the Global Alliance’s executive committee. Others on that committee include Liz Rivers (Europe), Vandana Shiva (India) and Cormac Cullinan (South Africa).

Barlow says, “The case for acknowledging the rights of nature cannot be overstated. Every now and then in history, the human race takes a collective step forward in its evolution. Such a time is upon us now as we begin to understand the urgent need to protect the Earth and its ecosystems from which all life comes. A Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth would be a crucial link in this process and will one day stand as the companion to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as one of the guiding covenants of our time.”

She has also noted, “Our argument is that policies of unlimited growth, unregulated trade and government deregulation – taking away the rights of government to protect the environment – is putting the environment at risk. We need to ask ourselves: what kind of society could we build if we introduced laws that actually give the Earth and other species the right to exist and not be destroyed by us? The rights of nature are about recognizing the limits to the Earth’s carrying capacity and dealing with it before it’s too late.”

Along with calling for a Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth, the work of the Global Alliance includes convening an Ethics Tribunal that adjudicates environmental cases based on earth jurisprudence and working to stop the Mirador gold and copper open-pit mine which is located at the headwaters of the Amazon River in Ecuador.

In April 2011, the Council of Canadians helped produce the book The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth as a way to inform and inspire others about the need to create and ratify a binding instrument to protect the rights of the Earth. In March 2013, the Council of Canadians/ Blue Planet Project along with other organizations submitted an amicus letter to a court in Ecuador stating that the Mirador mine directly violates that country’s constitutional recognition of the rights of nature.

For more on the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, please click here.



This November a new global movement will be born as communities across the world unite in their resistance to the extractive industries and together say “Yes to Life, No to Mining”.

This is about standing together and standing up for the Earth community. We invite you to be part of this movement, joining in solidarity and sharing your inspiring stories and messages of resistance. Here’s how you can be a part of it…

Post a photo and tweet #yestolifenotomining or #sialavidanoalamineria

Take a photo of yourself, a friend, your community, or something altogether more imaginative, with a sign featuring your words of action or support. Your message could read Yes to Life, No to Mining or it could be more personal to you and your resistance efforts: No to Coal! Leave the oil in the soil! Frack off. In Solidarity. Here are some examples to inspire creativity…

Email us your photo (to info@gaianet.org) or, better still, upload it directly onto Twitter. Use the hashtags #yestolifenotomining or #sialavidanoalamineria. This means your photo automatically appears on the homepage of the website and is beamed around the world on social media. We want as many people as possible to use the #yestolifenotomining hashtag so we can make a real noise around this radical but critical stance.

Connect with Others

Our short film, In Solidarity, shows how one community resisting a gold mine in Colombia reached out by way of letter to a community resisting fracking in the UK. It reinforced our vision; the power of togetherness. To continue in this spirit, we encourage both the general public and mining affected communities to connect with one another through the website. This is possible in a number of ways:

  • Leave a message of support underneath stories of resistance (start a conversation, give advice or simply leave words of encouragement), or contribute your own story.
  • Dialogue on twitter #yestolifenotomining
  • Contact us directly using the contact form on the website


On the homepage of the website and on numerous other pages across the site you’ll see a bold Pledge function. Here you can sign up your name and email and become part of the Yes to Life, No to Mining movement by pledging your support.
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Email your photo to
or, upload it directly onto Twitter.

The Yes to Life, No to Mining movement was conceived by a group of individuals, organisations and networks – from Africa, Europe, North and South America – all concerned with the wellbeing of our planet in the face of the exponential growth of mining over the last decade.

We were moved to take action against the increasingly devastating impact of the extractives industries.

The expansion and increasing aggression of mining and the extractive industries threaten the health and integrity of Earth, our only source of life. The plundering of our living planet in the pursuit of profit, and the myths of progress and eternal economic growth, must stop.

We want to encourage communities saying NO to mining to connect across the planet, to collaborate and build their confidence through mutual solidarity, and support one another to stand firm.

We stand for Life on our Planet – because it is increasingly threatened. We stand in Solidarity – with human communities, with all the living beings with whom we share the Earth, and future generations of all species. We stand with You – the millions of people around the world who are standing up to say “Yes to life, No to mining!”, defending ancestral territories, farmlands, pastoral lands, wild lands, sacred lands, water systems, villages and homes.

Yes to Life, No to Mining resolves to:

  • Stand in solidarity with communities who choose to resist mining, however it affects them, and to defend their ancestral rights and responsibilities to future generations of all species.
  • Support indigenous and local communities who choose to maintain and strengthen their traditional knowledge, practices and governance systems, and to secure recognition for their territories, customary laws and ways of governing their lives.
  • Support, encourage and develop initiatives – such as agroecology and reforestation – that protect and enhance living systems as alternatives to mining.
  • Encourage initiatives attempting to move industrial society away from consumption, waste, growth and towards a circular economic system. We support those empowering communities and society at large to reclaim their brains, change their attitudes to ‘stuff’ and create an ecological and meaningful materialism; those designing and creating products to last; those that minimize the use, or encourage the re-use, of minerals and metals; those that implement a zero waste policy; further investment in ecologically and socially just innovations for an end to throwaway consumer culture.
  • Support advocacy strategies and initiatives to withdraw subsidies from the fossil fuel industry and invest in energy justice instead – in the form of reduced and more equitable consumption of energy, produced by small-scale, renewable and decentralised technologies, developed within principles of a circular, zero-waste economic system.
  • Encourage initiatives that (re)establish legal strategies and precedents that build a body of law rooted in the laws of the Earth. These would enforce the recognition of the Rights of Nature, deter Ecocide and allow ecologically and socially just societies to emerge.yes to life NO TO MINING


Share this call as a PDF file YLNM statement for launch_global voice

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Come, Pray at the Churches of the Earth

Sugar pineEarth’s Churches are all around the entire world.
I Promise they are more beautiful and intricate than anything man could ever hope to create.
They have no walls or boundaries and welcome those of any faith, without prejudice, without judgement.
Look up whilst standing in any of these churches and you shall have light shine down upon you, then you will know.
This is right, this is comforting, this is home, this is where you belong. Love thy Earth and Earth shall provide for you forever.
So I say unto thee, step outside your man built boundaries, step outside and embrace the Earth, Mother nature and the universe for all they are.
Accept This trio into your hearts and you SHALL be saved, I say unto thee spread the word, for the Earth is real and before us. The Earth answers your prayers.
As all things come from the Earth, not from the heavens but from right beneath our feet. The Earth shows no prejudice against faith, sexuality or race, nor does she hate.

The Earth has the power and the means to heal the sick but also can taketh thou life away. Do not fear the Earth, rather respect the Earth and nurture, for Earth IS the one and the only and is as real as you and I.

Little Clipper CreekLove thy Earth for the Earth feeds you, Love thy Earth for the Earth clothes you, Love thy Earth, for the Earth shelters you, Love thy Earth for Earth has given you all, what have you given unto the Earth?

Join us in a movement to help the world break free from the chains put on their minds and souls through religion, Free yourself from selfishness and open your hearts and minds to a new love and a new devotion.

You do Not need to even go far. the Earth’s churches are located within walking distance. So I ask thee, step outside into nature, into the forests, take it all in and thank the Earth for ALL it has given you. I ask thee to accept thy Earth into thy heart.

Hallelujah praise the Earth!


John Perkins speaking on Rights of Nature in Romania

Chief Economist and New York Times Bestselling Author, John Perkins traveled through Romania speaking about creating a socially just, environmentally sustainable and spiritually fulfilling future for our world.  In this interview with Alexandra Postelnicu, John speaks about the importance of recognizing Rights of Nature in Romania and around the world.