COP 17 Rights of Nature Events in Durban, SA

UN COP17 Climate Change Conference opened Monday, November 28 in Durban, South Africa. As representatives of government and non-government organizations gather both inside the UN Climate Change Conference and in the outside Peoples Space to negotiate and explore proposed solutions to climate issues, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature is advocating a systemic alternative that balances the rights of human communities with the recognition of the rights of the ecosystem of which we are apart and which sustains us. Implementing the Rights of Nature framework requires the redesign of legal systems by which we live to recognize the rights of Mother Earth, the Rights of Nature.

The Global Alliance, in partnership with CJN!, EnAct International, Fundacion Pachamama, Global Exchange, Indigenous Environmental Network, South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), and Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus are presenting a series of rights based educational and action events both inside the COP17 ICC Hall and outside in the Peoples Space.

All in Durban are invited to join us as we celebrate a Week of Action in Durban – Rights of Nature Events!

Dec 1st

Global Alliance for Rights of Nature strategy session.  Members of the Global Alliance will gather in Durban to set priorities for 2012.

Dec 2nd

Human Rights Award winner and former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN and lead negotiator for Bolivia Pablo Solon will be presenting to the public at the Wolpe Lecture on ‘The Rights of Nature and Climate Politics’.

  • When: 5pm-7pm
  • Where: Shepstone 1, Howard College, UKZN

Dec 3rd

Global Day of Action: C17 March

  • When: 9am gather – march starts at 10:30am
  • Where: Curries Fountain in the People’s Space

Dec 5th

Rights of Nature Panel Discussion featuring Pablo Solon, Cormac Cullinan, Natalia Green, Shannon Biggs, and Tom Goldtooth moderated by Osprey Orielle Lake.

  • When:  2 pm-3:30pm
  • Where: University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College, TB Davis Building L4

Rights of Nature Teach-In

  • When: 3:30-5:00pm
  • Where: University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College, TB Davis Building L4

Dec 6th

Press Conference. ICC Kois Palms 8:30 am.

Speakers include Shannon Biggs (USA),  Pablo Solon (Bolivia), Cormac Cullinan (SA), Natalia Green (Ecuador), Tom Goldtooth (Turtle Island), Desmond D’sa (SA)

COP 17 Rights of Mother Earth Press Conference

Toxic Tour and Refinery Action and Rights of Nature march and action in South Durban. Speakers include Desmond D’sa (SA), Shannon Biggs (USA),  Cormac Cullinan (SA), Natalia Green (Ecuador), Randy Hayes (USA),  Robin Milam (USA)

Buses depart Howard College; Rally at Engen Refinery, South Durban

Dec 7th

Rio+20 strategy session with all international allies

T B Davis Terrace, Howard College 5pm

Dec 9th

Rights of Nature, an idea whose time has come – inside the COP17 conference, Robin Milam and Osprey Oreille Lake

  • When: noon-1pm
  • Where: Blyde River Room

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