The Rights of Nature at Bioneers

Bioneers has scheduled 4 presentations on Rights for Nature for their 2011 Conference.

The Rights of Nature: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Natalia Greene, The Global Alliance for Rights of Nature, Fundacion Pachamama, CEDENMA – Saturday Morning 9am – 1pm Plenary

What if Nature had rights? Inspired by local work in the U.S., in 2008 Ecuador became the first country to recognize Rights of Nature in its national constitution. In 2010, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature formed, calling for the universal acceptance of Nature as a subject with rights to “exist, flourish and evolve.” As President of Ecuador’s National Coordinating Entity for Environmental NGOs, Natalia Greene has been a key figure in the recognition of Rights for Nature. She surveys the transformational global movement for Earth Jurisprudence.

Natalia Greene, born in Ecuador, coordinates the program on “Political Plurinationality and the Rights of Nature” at the Fundación Pachamama in Ecuador and is the President of CEDENMA, Ecuador’s national coordinating entity for environmental NGOs. A graduate in political science from Hampshire College, she holds a master’s degree from FLACSO Ecuador and a special degree from Andina University on climate change. She was a key figure in the effort to include the recognition of rights for nature in Ecuador’s constitution and has worked on the environmental and indigenous rights aspects of the Yasuní-ITT Initiative to keep oil underground in the Amazon.

Earth Jurisprudence: Driving The Rights of Nature Into Law

With: Natalia Greene, Program Coordinator of the Fundacion Pachamama in Ecuador; Thomas Linzey, Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF); Mari Margil, CELDF’s Associate Director; Bill Twist, founder and CEO of The Pachamama Alliance – Saturday Afternoon Programs (2:45-4:15pm)

Once a common understanding among all traditional peoples — we belong to the Earth, not the other way around — “Wild Law” is taking hold and giving people legal standing on behalf of nature. Four leaders illuminate the leading edges of the global movement, including the U.S., Ecuador and Bolivia.

Campaign Connection: The Rights of Nature — Driving Community Bills of Rights into Law

Hosted by The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and the Legal Assistance Working Group of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.

Led by Mari Margil and Thomas Linzey – Saturday 4:30-6:00pm

This workshop explores how dozens of communities across the U.S. have successfully adopted local ordinances recognizing that nature and ecosystems have inherent rights enforceable by those communities. We will examine a model ordinance on the Rights of Nature that can be adopted by your community and lead a discussion on how to talk about the ordinance, confront obstacles in your municipality and what its practical applications are.

Youth Program on Rights of Nature

The Youth Unity Center at The Marin Center  – Sunday 2:45pm-4:15pm

Have you ever wondered what species and ecosystems would say if they could stand up for their rights, perform their songs and share their stories?

Please join Global Exchange, BALANCE Edutainment, The Global Alliance for Rights of Nature and Rights of Mother Earth Signature Campaign at Bioneers for an inspirational youth workshop on
Nature’s Rights, as explored through the timeless medium of storytelling, music and performance!

This year at the Bioneers conference in San Rafael, CA,  Global Exchange, BALANCE Edutainment and the Rights of Mother Earth signature campaign will be exploring the Rights of Nature with youth of all ages.