Tungurahua Volcano Declaration of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
5 September 2010
On this fifth day of September, 2010, we, the Founding Members of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature;
In the fullness of the principles of Sumak Kawsay;
Conscious of being complemented by the presence of the lizard, the hummingbird, water, fire, earth, moon, sky and other beings to create an integral Earth Community;
Recognizing that exploitation, abuse, and contamination have caused great destruction, degradation and disruption of Mother Earth, putting all life at risk through phenomena such as climate change;
Convinced that in an interdependent living community it is not possible to recognize the rights of only human beings without causing an imbalance within Mother Earth;
Recognizing that ancient native communities have always defended Mother Earth’s rights because those rights are innate to their cosmovision;
Believe that the universal recognition and effective implementation of the Rights of Nature is essential to avert catastrophic harm to humanity and life as we know it;
Recognizing that nature is not an object or commodity, but a subject of inalienable rights to exist, maintain and integrally regenerate its vital cycles, structure, functions and evolutionary processes;
Conscious of the urgent need to take decisive, collective action to transform structures and systems that cause climate change and other threats to Mother Earth;
Therefore, the Global Alliance of Rights of Nature calls upon all organizations and people of the Earth to join in a Minga1 Pachamama, a 4 year global project of the earth community, to bring forth the universal adoption and effective implementation of the rights of Nature as an idea whose time has come.
Mother Earth and we, her children, are in peril; we must unite and ACT NOW!
1 Minga: global collective community action Cosmovision: cosmology, world vision