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Archive for Rights of Nature

Alberto Acosta honored with Hans Carl von Carlowitz Award

El Comercio newspaper, Quito
November 23, 2017

Read original El Comercio article in Spanish:
http://www.elcomercio.com/-premio-albertoacosta-opinion

Alberto Acosta honored with Hans Carl von Carlowitz award

NOTE: The Prize was also received by one of the greatest climate change experts, Professor Joachim Schllenhuber, director of the Climate Research Institute in Potsdam

Alberto Acosta, former Minister, President of the Constituent Assembly and outstanding social and political theorist, received the Hans Carl von Carlowitz International Prize in Germany, in recognition of his intellectual merits and his position in favor of the rights of nature, disadvantaged social classes and indigenous peoples.

In the 1980s after finishing the University of Colon, Alberto Acosta made vast tours of our country [Germany], visiting academic centers, labor centers, municipalities, where he discussed important aspects of reality. Sometimes before shrunken audiences, others with a large audience, he explained about the urgency of turning the social, economic and political situation of Ecuador, the historical injustice of the external debt and its claim for the low participation of the people in the decisions of the State.

Shortly after,  through publications and meetings, the ILDIS (Latin American Institute of Social Research) proposed to support the social groups most affected by capital, to defend the claims of the indigenous and afro-descendant communities, affected by the policies of the governments shift. Another of its themes, crucial and constant, refers to the accelerated destruction of nature.

His experience, accumulated through years dedicated to study, research and social battles, inspired important changes and innovations in the 2008 Constitution of Ecuador, aimed at transforming the character of the State, to democratize institutions and laws to make them more flexible and close to the real world. The norms and regulations should embody the desires and popular needs, the true validity of both human rights and those of the environment.

It is undeniable that there is an ideological advance in the political theory of Ecuador. Recognizing it is not only due to outside influences, but to two Quechua-Aymara concepts that have been increasing their meaning. Now, in the political debate, Pacha Mama (Mother Nature) and Suma Kausay (Living Well) are competent. These notions, rescued from an ancestral wisdom ignored for centuries, return to offer “broad ideas that include the relationship with others and with the land and democratic decision-making and community reciprocity,” as Simon Ayampara, leader Aymara.

Acosta has discovered something that remained hidden and that hoped to be understood and projected. Now he travels across Europe, and speaking on issues such as sustainability, extractivism, plurinationality, the capitalist labyrinth, post-capitalism, decolonization, invokes indigenous concepts to accentuate his own vision. The prize that is going to be delivered is very different from the “honoris causa” that is achieved through diplomatic efforts.

The Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World

Living On Earth

Air Date: Week of November 17, 2017

The Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Save the World

Colorado River: Click photo to listen to NPR interview with David Boyd

Environmental lawyers are claiming in court that land, rivers, and other natural features should own themselves rather than being considered property, much like the law already treats corporations as ‘persons.’ The case for treating elements of nature as legal ‘persons’ is outlined in the book, Rights of Nature: A Legal Revolution That Could Change the World by environmental lawyer David Boyd. In a conversation with Living on Earth Host Steve Curwood he explained how this approach can go a long way to protecting critical ecosystems from human exploitation and destruction.

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Movement Rights issues new report for Bonn

Movement Rights in Bonn, Germany
Rights of Nature and Mother Earth Rights Based Law by Movement Rights-WECAN-IEN
Movement Rights is in Bonn Germany with colleagues to present Rights of Nature as an alternative framework for justice and climate rights. Today they are launching their new report for Bonn, Rights of Nature & Mother Earth Rights Based Law, which Movement Rights, co-edited with partners Women’s Earth and Climate Network (WECAN) and the International Environmental Network (IEN).

With contributions from global leaders including Pablo Solon (Bolivia); Cormac Cullinan (South Africa) Maude Barlow (Canada) and many others, this report explores not just the idea of a radical shift toward recognizing rights of ecosystems (and our responsibilities to the Earth) but includes global examples from around the world where these new laws are taking root. They are inviting readers to Please download and share this new report.

Movement Rights, WECAN and IEN are organizing members and active participants in the 4th International Rights of Nature Tribunal hosted by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) November 7-8 in Bonn, at the LVR-Landesmuseum with an informative teach-in event to follow.

Click to read Movement Rights Announcement newsletter.

Bonn Tribunal Program and Brochures

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) will hold the International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Bonn, at the LVR Landesmuseum on the 7th and 8th of November 2017.

To learn more about the Bonn Tribunal, click the title of a document to download the selected PDF document.  Note: Documents are prepared in ISO A4 format.  Please scale to 90% for US letter format.

Cuarto Tribunal Internacional de Derechos de la Naturaleza, Bonn, Alemania

Bonn Tribunal
LANZAMIENTO INMEDIATO
2 de noviembre 2017

Contacto de prensa:
Robert Wager (contacto de prensa) robert@endecocide.eu + 49 160 810 4348
Natalia Greene (Secretaría del Tribunal) nati.greene@gmail.com + 593 9944-3724

BOLETÍN DE PRENSA

CUARTO TRIBUNAL INTERNACIONAL DE DERECHOS DE LA NATURALEZA, BONN – ALEMANIA

 Boletin de Prensa- Tribunal Español

BONN, Alemania – Del 6 al 17 al 17 de noviembre se llevará a cabo la Cumbre de las Partes Naciones Unidas por el Cambio Climático (COP23) en Bonn, donde los gobiernos buscan consolidar acuerdos en torno al tema. Sin embargo, la sociedad civil tiene poca fe en sus resultados debido a lo poco que se ha alcanzado ya en 22 Cumbres.

En 4 días se reúne el 4to Tribunal Internacional de Derechos de la Naturaleza que escuchará a casos desde una nueva perspectiva socio económica y ecológica sobre la interdependencia de los seres humanos con la naturaleza. Estos casos presentarán violaciones de derechos de la naturaleza en todo el mundo, visibilizando voces indígenas y afectadas de todo el planeta.

Abrirá el evento el Concejal de Bonn Reinhard Limbach, seguido por una ceremonia indígena liderada por Åsa Simma del pueblo europeo Sámi (último pueblo indígena), Tom Goldtooth de los Dine’ Dakota, Mirian Cisneros y Yaku Viteri de Sarayaku Ecuador.

Este Tribunal contará con 7 jueces de alta calidad moral y ética para escuchar los casos:

Tom BK Goldtooth, Presidente del Tribunal, de la Indigenous Environmental Network, Nación Dine’/Dakota
Cormac Cullinan Director  del Instituto Wild Law Institute, Sudáfrica
Osprey Orielle Lake de Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, International (WECAN), Estados Unidos
Alberto Acosta ex Presidente de la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, Ecuador
Shannon Biggs de Movement Rights, Estados Unidos
Simona Fraudatario Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos, Italia
Fernando “Pino” Solanas Senador pro Buenos Aires, Argentina

Los fiscales para el Tribunal serán: Ramiro Ávila (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Ecuador), Linda Sheehan (Planet Pledge, EUA). La Secretaría estará a cargo de Natalia Greene (Alianza Global por los Derechos de la Naturaleza, Ecuador)

El Tribunal considerará los siguientes 7 casos durante los próximo 2 días.

  1. Cambio Climático y las falsas soluciones energéticas. Este caso revisa como la fractura hidráulica, la energía nuclear y la consolidación de la industria de los combustibles fósiles en Estados Unidos no resuelven sino agravan el problema mundial.
  2. Financialización de la Naturaleza y REDD+ Este caso revisa como el tratamiento de mercado de bosques y biodiversidad no es una solución, afecta a poblaciones locales y vulnera a la naturaleza.
  3. Minería de Lignito – Bosque Hambach en Alemania. Activistas de Ende Galende presentan la afectación de las minas de lignito y como resisten que se acabe con el bosque Hambach, muy cerca de Bonn.
  4. Defensores de la Madre Tierra. Este caso escuchará a afectados del oleoducto trans-americano y Standing Rock (EUA), nativos de Rusia por el carbón y la persecución al pueblo Sámi en Europa.
  5. Escasez de Agua en Almería, España a causa de la producción industrial de aceitunas.
  6. Amenazas a la Amazonía. Este caso escuchará como se afecta la Amazonía ecuatoriana y el caso Sarayaku; la Amazonía brasilera, el grave problema de Tipnis en Bolivia y el problema en Montaña de Oro, Guyana Francesa.
  7. Implicaciones de los Acuerdos de Libre Comercio en la Naturaleza, demostrará lo que han causado estos acuerdos a la tierra y a la gente directamente afectada.

El Tribunal escuchará a 50 personas provenientes de 19 nacionalidades en 7 idiomas diferentes durante un día y medio, el 7 y 8 de noviembre en el LVR-LandesMuseum en Bonn, seguido de una sesión de talleres de soluciones (8 por la tarde).

Para más información, visitar: https://therightsofnature.org/ron-tribunal-bonn/  #RONTribunalBonn

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Tribunal Internacional de Derechos de la Naturaleza se desarrollará en el LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn, de 8:00 am a 7:00 pm.

Organiza, la Alianza Global por los Derechos de la Naturaleza, una red de organizaciones e individuos comprometidos con la adopción e implementación de sistemas legales que reconozcan y respeten a la Naturaleza como Sujeto de Derechos. https://therightsofnature.org/

Press Release: International Rights of Nature Tribunal Bonn, Germany

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 28th 2017

Media Contact:
Robert Wager (media contact) robert@endecocide.eu + 49 151 1547-2813
Cabot Davis (general inquiries) cabot@movementrights.org + 1 (831) 854-7634
Natalia Greene (Tribunal’s Secretariat) nati.greene@gmail.com + 593 9944-3724

PRESS RELEASE                          Print: International Rights of Nature Press Release Oct 28 2017

INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS OF NATURE TRIBUNAL in BONN, GERMANY

BONN, Germany – From November 6th until the 17th, during the 23rd United Nations Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP23) in Bonn, the world’s nations will reach new agreements on climate change.

On November 7th and 8th, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (GARN) will hold the International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Bonn, at the LVR-Landesmuseum with an informative teach-in event to follow. This approach is based on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature, which recognizes the rights of ecosystems to exist and thrive and the duty of humanity to respect the integrity of their life cycles.

We are pleased to announce that the judges of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal will include:

Tom BK Goldtooth, President of the Tribunal, from the Indigenous Environmental Network,
Dine’/Dakota, Turtle Island, United States

Osprey Orielle Lake of Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, International (WECAN), United States

Shannon Biggs of Movement Rights, United States

Cormac Cullinan Wild Law Institute and author of Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice, South Africa

Alberto Acosta former President of the National Constitutional Assembly of Ecuador, Ecuador

Simona Fraudatario of the People’s Permanent Tribunal, Italy

Fernando “Pino” Solanas  Senator from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ute Koczy (Urgewald E.V., former German Parlamentarian, Germany)

Ruth Nyambura (African Ecofeminists Collective, Kenya)


The International Rights of Nature Tribunal
is a unique, citizen-created initiative to testify publicly about the destruction of the Earth and propose a systemic alternative to environmental protection and current environmental laws. “Recognizing the Earth as a living system of which humans are a part, rather than as human property to be owned and destroyed is a fundamental shift from the way the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate process works,” says Tribunal President, Tom BK Goldtooth. “If we are to find a solution to climate change, we must stop treating the Earth as a commodity.”

This two-day event will replicate the judicial process based on the concepts listed above. This esteemed panel will hear cases regarding climate change and false energy solutions, the financialization of nature, lignite mining in Germany, defenders of mother earth (USA-Standing Rock, Russia and the Sámi People),  water deprivation in Almeria-Spain, threats to the Amazon (in Ecuador, Brazil and Tipnis-Bolivia), and the impact of free trade agreements and international trade in nature.

Two countries, dozens of US communities and ecosystems in 4 countries now have recognized rights and legal standing at various levels. The International Rights of Nature Tribunal is part of an effort to promote a change of consciousness and highlight the need to expand the international legal framework, national laws and courts to ensure the safety of the planet by preserving biodiversity and respecting ecosystem dynamics.

For more information, please visit https://therightsofnature.org/rights-of-nature-tribunal/      #RONTribunalBonn

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The International Rights of Nature Tribunal will be held at LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm (0800 to 1900).

About the Global Alliance for Rights of Nature (GARN) https://therightsofnature.org/

GARN 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 the idea of Rights of Nature an idea whose time has come.

Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

Rights of Nature Updates – October 20, 2017

Bonn Rights of Nature Tribunal 2017

The fourth International Rights of Nature Tribunal will hear cases from a new socio-ecosystem perspective, which is based on the interdependence between humans and nature. The Tribunal will hear presentation of evidence of nature’s rights violations from all over the world, and will particularly encourage presentations from indigenous communities.
The current ecological crisis requires that we transform our international and domestic legal systems to nurture the Earth Community, rather than allow its destruction. The International Rights of Nature Tribunal is a unique, citizen-created initiative that gives people from all around the world the opportunity to testify publicly as to the destruction of the Earth. The Tribunal provides a systemic alternative to environmental protection, acknowledging that ecosystems have the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate their vital cycles, with legal standing in a court of law. An esteemed panel of international Tribunal judges will make recommendations for Earth’s protection and restoration.
Featuring cases on:

Climate change – false energy solutions • Financialization of Nature • Water rights in Madrid • Defenders of Mother Earth •  Lignite Mining in Germany • Amazon threats (Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia-Tipnis and French Guyana) • NAFTA’s implication on Nature

Please Register now!

For more information and upcoming registration details, see http://therightsofnature.org/.

INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS OF NATURE TRIBUNALLVR Museum Bonn map

November 7th – 8th 2017 – 8am- 7 pm

LVR-Landesmuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn

Registration: http://therightsofnature.org

First Rights of Nature Symposium: Driving Rights of Nature into Law

Opportunities, Risks, and Obstacles
Friday October 27, 2017

Rights of Nature Symposium: Driving Rights of Nature into Law – Opportunities, Risks, and Obstacles.The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), with its International Center for the Rights of Nature, is partnering with Tulane Law School to host the Rights of Nature Symposium: Driving Rights of Nature into Law – Opportunities, Risks, and Obstacles.

The Symposium will bring together key leaders in the Rights of Nature movement – from Ecuador, Nepal, the United States, Australia, and other countries, as well as from local communities and tribal nations. Today, communities, people, and even governments are recognizing that there is a need to make a fundamental shift in humankind’s relationship with the natural world by placing the highest protections on nature through the recognition of legal rights.

Jason Flores-WilliamsJason Flores-Williams, who initiated the Colorado River v. State of Colorado lawsuit, is one of our featured speakers. He joins Rights of Nature leaders from Nepal, Australia, Ecuador, and Sweden, and from tribal nations and local communities.  Visit CELDF Rights of Nature Symposium for list of presenters including prominent leading attorneys, community leaders, professors, and Rights of Nature advocates from around the world.

Participate in the Symposium to learn about the Rights of Nature and how you can become involved in this growing movement!

LIVESTREAMING & VIDEOS

The Symposium will be livestreamed on the Tulane Law School YouTube Channel. You do not need to register for livestreaming. Following the conference, videos of panels and speakers will be made available on the Symposium webpage. Even if you are not in New Orleans, join the event via livestreaming (registration is not required for livestreaming), the conference program, and key conference information.

Co-hosted by Tulane University Law School and

CELDF Rights of Nature Symposium