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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.

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Press Release: Cases at the International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Bonn

Bonn Tribunal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  3 November 2017

Media Contact:
Robert Wager (media contact) robert@endecocide.eu + 49 160 8104348
Cabot Davis (general inquiries) cabot@movementrights.org + 1 (831) 854-7634
Natalia Greene (Tribunal’s Secretariat) nati.greene@gmail.com + 593 9944-3724

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Presseerklärung – Internationale Tribunal für die Rechte der Natur in Bonn, Deutschland

CASES AT THE 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.

In four days (November 7th-8th) the 4th International Rights of Nature Tribunal will hear 7 cases from a new socio-economic perspective based on the interdependence between humans and nature. 50 people will be on stage coming from over 19 countries and speaking in over 7 languages. Cases will be presented regarding violations of nature’s rights from all over the world. Presenters include prominent voices from indigenous communities.

Immediately prior to the opening ceremony, there will be a welcoming from the Deputy Mayor of the city of Bonn, Reinhard Limbach.

The Tribunal will begin with an opening indigenous ceremony.  The ceremony will be performed by Åsa Simma of the Sámi People, Tom Goldtooth of the Dine’ Dakota, Mirian Cisneros and Yaku Viteri of the Sarayaku people.

The Tribunal will then consider seven cases over the next two days. The cases are as follows:

  1. A case on Climate Change focusing on False Energy Solutions. This case will concern violations of  the rights of nature caused by fracking, nuclear energy and the consolidation of fossil fuels in North America. The judge will be Osprey Orielle Lake and the prosecutor will be Ramiro Ávila. The case will be presented by Tadzio Mueller. Experts providing testimony will be Enrique Viale, Rheinhard Uhrig and Ben Beachy. The Tribunal will also hear from affected persons Kashmira Banee and Bryan Parras.
  2. The tribunal will then consider violations of the rights of nature caused by the Financialization of Nature and the REDD+ framework. The judge for this case will be Ruth Nyambura, while the prosecutor will be Linda Sheehan. The case will be presented by Jutta Kill, the expert is Melissa Moreano with the affected person being Ken Henshaw.
  3. The third case will concern Lignite Mining and the Hambach Forest in Germany. Ute Koczy will be the judge and the case will be prosecuted by Ramiro Ávila. The presenter is Emilio Alfred Weinberg. The experts in this case will be Eva Töller and Alberto Saldamando.
  4. A case will be presented concerning violations of the rights of nature concerning Defenders of Mother Earth. The judge for this case is Simona Fraudatario and the prosecutor is Linda Sheehan. Specifically, the case will concern violations of the rights of the indigenous peoples in the following areas:

Standing Rock, USA. Presented by Dallas Goldtooth. The expert and impacted person is Kandi Mossett.

The Shor People, Russia. Presented by Vladislav Tannagashev. The expert and impacted person is Yana Tannagasheva.

The Sàmi People, Scandinavia. Presented by Stefan Mikaelsson. The expert and impacted person will be Åsa Simma.

  1. The fifth case will concern water deprivation in Almería, Spain. The judge for this case will be Cormac Cullinan, while the prosecutor will be Ramiro Ávila. The presenter for this case will be David Dene. The expert in this case will be Ion Holban and the affected person in this case will be Sheila Andion García.
  2. The Tribunal will consider a case concerning various threats to the rights of nature in the Amazon. The judges will be Alberto Acosta and Fernando “Pino” Solano and the prosecutor will be Ramiro Ávila. The case will concern the following areas:

Ecuador’s Amazon and Sarayaku. This aspect of the case will be presented by Esperanza Martinez. The expert is Mirian Cisneros, while the impacted person will be Yaku Viteri.

Brazil’s Amazon. This part of the case will be presented by Sônia Guajajara. The expert will be Ninawa Yawanawa.

Tipnis in Bolivia. The presenter will be Martin Viela. The expert will be Fabian Gil Rocha and the impacted person is Marqueza Teco Moyoviri de Maleca.

Montagne d’Or in French Guyana. Presented by Marine Calmet, the expert is Patrick Monnier and the impacted person is Christophe Pierre.

  1. The final case concerns Trade Agreements and their Implications on Nature. The judge for this case will be Shannon Biggs and the prosecutor will be Linda Sheehan. This case will be presented by Maude Barlow.  The expert will be Jörg Haas and the affected people will be Ndivile Mokoena, Makoma Lekalakala and Alberto Saldamando.

The cases will be presented in multiple languages, including German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese (with simultaneous translation)and the indigenous languages of the affected persons.

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.

For more information, please visit https://therightsofnature.org/ron-tribunal-bonn/  #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.

 

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

Tribute to François Houtard

Francois HoutartThe Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature wants to pay tribute to François Houtart (7 March 1925 in Brussels, Belgium – 6 June 2017 in Quito, Ecuador), Belgian marxist sociologist and Catholic priest who advocated for human rights and earth rights. François Houtart served as our honorable judge during the International Rights of Nature Tribunal held in Lima Perú on the 5th and 6th of December 2014.

All the judges of the Rights of Nature Tribunals are chosen due to their high moral and ethical record, representing civil society’s maximum authorities, in order to hear and judge important Rights of Nature violations around the world.

It is with great sympathy that we accompany his loved ones, honor his life and thank him for his amazing contribution, as a writer, as a philosopher, as a theologist and as an activist for peace for among humans as with the Earth.

Eco-Instigator On International Rights of Nature Tribunal

Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) released the December 2015 edition of eco-Instigator with a detailed article on the International Rights of Nature Tribunal held in Paris during COP21.  Nnimmo Bassey served on the panel of distinguished judges at the Tribunal in Paris and presented for the Case on False Solutions for Climate Change during the Tribunal in Lima, Peru in December 2014.

Nnimmo Eco-I 10 CoverNnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey is founding Director of HOMEF and serves on the Foundation’s Advisory Board.

An architect, environmental and Rights of Mother Earth activist, author and poet, Nnimmo’s Reflections (Oil Politics): sharing opinion. mobilising for change. present profound food for thought and a way forward.

Nnimmo chaired Friends of the Earth International from 2008 through 2012 and was Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action for two decades. He was one of Time magazine’s Heroes of the Environment in 2009. In 2010, Nnimmo Bassey was named Right Livelihood Award “…for revealing the full ecological and human horrors of oil production and for his inspired work to strengthen the environmental movement in Nigeria and globally.” and in 2012 he was awarded the Rafto Prize as a Defender of victims of climate change.

Health of Mother Earth Foundation

“HOMEF is an environmental/ecological think tank and advocacy organisation. It is rooted in solidarity and in the building and protection of human and collective dignity.

We believe that neoliberal agendas driven by globalization of exploitation of the weak, despoliation of ecosystems and lack of respect for Mother Earth thrive mostly because of the ascendancy of enforced creed of might is right. This ethic permits the powerful to pollute, grab resources and degrade/destroy the rest simply because they can do so. HOMEF recognizes that this reign of (t)error can best be tackled through a conscious examination of the circumstances by which the trend crept in and got entrenched. Thus, HOMEF will have as a cardinal work track continuous political education aimed at examining the roots of exploitation of resources, labour, peoples and entire regions. HOMEF hopes through this to contribute to the building of movements for recovery of memory, dignity and harmonious living with full respect of natural cycles of Mother Earth.

Three key areas of focus are fossil fuels, the politics of hunger and creating spaces for knowledge generation and sharing.

The Advisory Board is composed of women and men who have distinguished themselves in the struggle for environmental justice and the rights of Mother Earth: – See more at: http://www.homef.org/content/about-home “

A blue and just future is possible

Maude Barlow’s keynote speech from the International Conference on Water, Megacities and Global Change, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, December 1, 2015

Maude Barlow opening UNESCO Water, Megacities and Global Change

In early December, the world turned its attention to climate talks in Paris.  At their international headquarters in Paris, UNESCO convened the Water, Megacities and Global Change  conference to the address the critical threats to water from climate change, especially in the world’s megacities. Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and international water expert was a keynote speaker at the opening ceremony on December 1.

“How do we start to talk about the crisis of water and megacities?” Maude asks. “With a critical examination of these and other policies that favour global markets over the lives of people and the health of ecosystems. And by confronting the tyranny of the 1% with the creation of a just global economy.

We can start with a new water ethic. Rather than seeing water as a resource for profit, we need to understand that it is the essential element in all living ecosystems. All policies and practices must be planned with the preservation of water at their core. Not only do we have to reject the market model for our water future, we must put ourselves at the service of undoing what we have done to the natural world and hope it is not too late.

Our current legal systems for protecting the environment are not working because they were not designed to do so. They view nature and water as our property. We need new universal laws that respect the integrity of ecosystems and allow other species than our own to fulfil their evolutionary role on Earth.”

Maude closes with stating possibilities, “Imagine a world in which water becomes nature’s gift to teach us how to live in peace with one another and dwell more lightly on this lovely planet. It is all possible. A blue and just future is possible.”

Read Maude Barlow’s complete speech (in English).

Barlow gives testimony on water at International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Paris

Later in the week, Maude presented as an expert witness on water at the International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Paris.

“Displacing water from where it belongs to where we want it is a major cause of climate chaos unrecognized by many scientists and environmentalists alike. This practice is also destroying whole water systems. Over half the major rivers in China have disappeared. By destroying forests and wetlands, we destroy the lungs and kidneys of our watersheds. Since 1900, the planet has lost two thirds of its wetlands. Every minute, 36 football fields of trees are clear cut. These are crimes against the rights of nature.”

In addition to Council of Canadians, Maude Barlow serves as Executive/Board member of other earth justice organizations including the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, Food and Water Watch, International Forum on Globalization, World Future Council and Movement Rights.  In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 17 books, including her latest, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever.

 

COP Out: The hollow promise of the Paris climate deal

Hal Rhoades, Gaia Foundation, December 16, 2015

COP21 has had a mixed reception and the agreement reached has been criticised more for what it doesn’t say as much as for what it does. The Gaia Foundation’s latest blog COP out: The hollow promise of the Paris climate deal reflects on what was agreed and highlights the powerful message from the International Rights of Nature Tribunal.

Hal Rhoades discusses why, despite the hype, the climate agreement hatched by world governments in Paris won’t save us from climate catastrophe. With analysis on key areas of the agreement text and discussion of the latest climate science, he argues that people’s movements, not multilateral theatrics, represent our best hope for avoiding climate disaster.

“Perhaps because it provided this anchor, for me, the most powerful event in the civil society spaces outside COP21was the International Rights of Nature Tribunal. The Tribunal advances a new legal paradigm that draws on Indigenous knowledge and governance systems, recognising nature’s inherent rights to exist, thrive and evolve. It represents one critical way to revive the planetary realism we need so desperately right now and is a model that should be taken and replicated elsewhere, and soon.

There is no one solution to climate crisis, no silver bullet. Nor can any one person, or government, or group of governments articulate an entire alternative system to our current one that is at war with people and planet. Rather, the systems change we want and so desperately need will emerge from the actions of our societies’, bravest, most vibrant, resilient and determined groups, who are driven by a moral imperative that transcends current norms and augurs a better future. Ever was it thus.”

Read Gaia Foundation’s blog at COP out: The hollow promise of the Paris climate deal