Rights of Nature Seminar in Bay Area – Sept 30-Oct 1

The Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus is now glad to offer a series of seminars and trainings in building Resilient Community.   We would love to have you join us. The first seminar is on Rights of Nature on Sept 30th and Oct 1st, 2011. Please learn more and register here .

Special Bonus:  On Sept. 7th at 5:00 PST there will be a free one-hour tele-course about Rights of Nature to provide an overview of the upcoming seminar/training and will be hosted by the Executive Director of Transition US, Carolyne Stayton.   For the one-hour telecourse, register here

Part 1: Education from the front lines locally and globally
Part 2: Creating a new Earth-honoring narrative.

Starts Friday evening September 30th. 7:00pm -9:30pm continues October 1st 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Corte Madera Community Room in Marin County in the office building at
770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 201. Corte Madera, CA
Course fee: $55.00

In this dynamic seminar we will learn about the historic 2008 event when Ecuador became the first country to include Rights of Nature in its national constitution and then cover movements since then in Bolivia and here in the U.S. as Rights of Nature takes hold as an idea whose time has come. Rights of Nature laws create a right to legal standing, such that people, communities, Indigenous peoples, non-profit environmental organizations, and others would have standing to protect the environment. Climate activists have long been seeking a tool, which would enable communities affected by climate change to gain recognition for the harms done not just to human interests around the globe, but also to environmental ones. We come together with a common interest to actively advance the creation of human communities that respect the Rights of Nature. We will also explore how Rights of Nature invigorates momentum for a new cultural narrative that honors our living Earth. Join us and step into this historical moment!

This course will include

What are Rights of Nature?

What is happening in the local/ global movement for Rights of Nature?

How can we change our cultural narrative to create an Earth-honoring society?


Shannon Biggs is the Director of the Community Rights program at Global Exchange. She recently co-authored a book, Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grass Roots  (PoliPoint Press). Her current work focuses on assisting communities confronted by corporate harms to enact binding laws that place the rights of communities and nature above the claimed legal “rights” of corporations.

Osprey Orielle Lake is a lifelong advocate of environmental justice and societal transformation. She is the director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Caucus (WECC) and on the Board of Praxis Peace Institute. Her book, Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature,(White Cloud Press) is a 2011 Nautilus Book Award winner. In December 2010, she initiated Rights of Nature into the framework of WECC’s working groups and is a member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature.