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DERECHOS INTERNACIONALES DE TRIBUNAL NATURALEZA

COMUNICADO DE PRENSA

CONTACTO: Natalia Greene 593 (0) 99944-3724/nati.greene@gmail.com
Robin R. Milam +1.530.263-1483/Nature@TheRightsofNature.org

DERECHOS INTERNACIONALES DE TRIBUNAL NATURALEZA
Lima, Perú 5-6 diciembre 2014

ALIANZA MUNDIAL POR LOS DERECHOS DE LA NATURALEZA
Comprometida a profundizar y ampliar el movimiento mundial

A medida que los ojos del mundo están en Lima, Perú por la 20ava Convención Marco de Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático, el Tribunal Internacional por los Derechos de la Naturaleza se reunirá en Lima. El Tribunal escuchará doce casos internacionales alineados con las prioridades de las Naciones pero principalmente con las necesidades y preocupaciones de la sociedad civil. Sin embargo, estas audiencias se dan en el marco de los Derechos de la Naturaleza y de la Declaración Universal de los Derechos de la Madre Tierra.

“Nosotros, el pueblo, asumimos la autoridad para llevar a cabo un Tribunal Internacional por los Derechos de la Naturaleza. Vamos a indagar los casos de destrucción del ambiente que violan los derechos de la naturaleza”. Declaración del Fiscal de la Tierra, Ramiro Ávila durante la apertura del primer Tribunal del mundo en los Derechos de la Naturaleza el viernes 17 de enero 2014 en Quito, Ecuador.
El diverso grupo internacional de jueces y juezas en el Tribunal en Lima incluye:

Alberto Acosta, economista y ex presidente de la Asamblea Constituyente de Quito, Ecuador

Raúl Prada Alcoreza, Filósofo, sociólogo, escritor, ex miembro de la Asamblea Constituyente boliviana de 2006-2007, Bolivia

Hugo Blanco, Director de la publicación mensual “Lucha Indígena”-Perú”

Tantoo Cardinal, actriz (p. ej., Danza con Lobos) activista contra las arenas de petróleo en Canadá

Blanca Chancoso, líder Kichwa y educador de Cotacachi, Imbabura, Ecuador

Tom Goldtooth, Dine / Dakota, director del Indigenous Environmental Network de Minnesota, EE.UU.

Francios Houtart, profesor, filósofo, teólogo, miembro del Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos, Bélgica

Osprey Orielle Lake, Co-Fundadora y Directora Ejecutiva de Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, EE.UU.

Edgardo Lander, sociólogo, profesor, Venezuela

Verónika Mendoza, Congresista de Perú, representante de la Región de Cusco.

Rocío Silva Santiesteban, Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos, autora, profesora, Perú

Anibal Quijano, sociólogo y pensador humanista. Profesor de teoría crítica, Perú.

Atossa Soltani, fundadora y directora ejecutiva de Amazon Watch, EE.UU.

Terisa Turner, profesor de Sociología y Antropología, Especialista en Energía ex ONU, Canadá

Ramiro Ávila, abogado ambiental de Ecuador sirve como Fiscal de la Tierra.

Natalia Greene y Robin Milam, Alianza Mundial para los Derechos de la Naturaleza, sirven como Secretaría.

Los casos y los presentadores de plomo incluyen:

Cambio Climático y Falsas Soluciones Pablo Solón, Bolivia: Nnimmo Bassey, Nigeria

BP Deepwater Horizon Derrame Petróleo Esperanza Martínez, Ecuador

Fractura Hidráulica Shannon Biggs, United States; Martin Vilela, Bolivia

Chevron/Texaco Devastación petrolera Pablo Fajardo, Julio Prieto, Ecuador;

Yasuní-ITT Petróleo Amazonía Elena Galvez, Yasunidos, Ecuador

Gran Arrecife de Coral Michelle Maloney, Australia

4 Cuencas, Corrientes, Peru Jose Fachin, Sarah Kerremans, Peru​​

Hidroeléctrica de Belo Monte Leila Salazar-López, Sônia Guájajara, Brasil

Defensores de Bagua Ismael Vega, Zebelio Kapap, Perú

Mina de Conga, Cajamarca Milton Sanchez, Marco Arana, Máxima Chaupe, Perú

Bosques y REDD+ Ivonne Yanez, Casandra Smithie,

Mina a Cielo Abierto, Condor-Mirador Domingo Ankuash, Ecuador

Las activistas de derechos indígenas Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca de Oklahoma, EE.UU.) y Patricia Gualinga, indígena de la Amazonia y representante de Sarayaku, proporcionarán testimonios de expertas sobre la importancia crítica de los Derechos de la Naturaleza para el mundo.

“¿Qué pasará si la temperatura aumenta más de 2°C?” Un tercio de la población de animales y más de la mitad de las plantas en la Tierra podría desaparecer.” Declaración de Pablo Solón como parte del listado de violaciones a los Derechos de la Madre Tierra relacionadas con el cambio climático, también añadió: “Necesitamos un nuevo sistema de armonía entre los seres humanos y la Madre Tierra, que reemplace al sistema capitalista de crecimiento infinito por la acumulación de capital.”

El Tribunal Internacional tendrá lugar en el Gran Hotel Bolívar en la Plaza San Martín, Jirón de La Unión 958, en el distrito histórico de Lima. Se invita al público a asistir de forma gratuita. El Tribunal comienza a las 8:30 de la mañana y concluye a las 19:00 horas el viernes 05 de diciembre y el sábado 6 de diciembre de 2014. Seis casos serán escuchados con las respuestas de cierre de los jueces del Tribunal cada día.

La Alianza Global por los Derechos de la Naturaleza fue fundada en una reunión en Ecuador en 2010, dos años después de que Ecuador se convirtió en el primer país del mundo en adoptar Derechos de la Naturaleza en su Constitución y Bolivia aprobó su ley de los Derechos de la Madre Tierra. En Estados Unidos decenas de comunidades han adoptado los derechos de la naturaleza a nivel local en el marco de proyectos de ley comunitaria en los últimos años.

El movimiento de los Derechos de la Naturaleza se basa en la sabiduría y la cosmovisión de los pueblos indígenas al plantear una nueva jurisprudencia que reconoce el derecho de la naturaleza en todas sus formas de existir, persistir, evolucionar y regenerarse.

Para más información ver http://therightsofnature.org/lima-2014-tribunal/
En español http://therightsofnature.org/tribunal-internacional-derechos-de-la-naturaleza/

International Rights of Nature Tribunal – Lima Dec 5-6

GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR THE RIGHTS OF NATURE
NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT: Natalia Greene +593 (0) 99944-3724/nati.greene@gmail.com
Robin R. Milam +1.530.263-1483/Nature@TheRightsofNature.org

INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS OF NATURE TRIBUNAL
Lima, Peru, December 5-6, 2014

GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR RIGHTS OF NATURE
COMMITS TO DEEPEN AND EXPAND THE WORLDWIDE MOVEMENT

As the world looks to Lima, Peru for the 20th UN COP on Climate Change, the International Rights of Nature Tribunal will convene in Lima. The Tribunal will hear twelve international cases that are aligned with UNFCCC COP 20 priorities. What is unique to this hearing is that each case will be reviewed within a framework based on Rights of Nature and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.

“We the people assume the authority to conduct an International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature. We will investigate cases of environmental destruction which violate the Rights of Nature.” Prosecutor for the Earth, Ramiro Avila declared during the opening of the world’s first Tribunal on the Rights of Nature on Friday January 17, 2014 in Quito, Ecuador.

The diverse international panel of judges on the Tribunal in Lima includes:

Alberto Acosta, Tribunal’s President, economist and former President of the Constituent Assembly from Quito, Ecuador

Verónica Mendoza, Peru Congress member, representative of the region of Cusco.

Raúl Prada Alcoreza, Philosopher, sociologist, author, former member of the Bolivian Constituent Assembly of 2006-2007, Bolivia

Hugo Blanco director of the monthly publication “Lucha Indígena”, Perú.

Tantoo Cardinal, actress (e.g., Dances with Wolves) and activist from the Tar Sands of Canada.

Blanca Chancoso, Kichwa leader and educator from Cotacachi, Imbabura, Ecuador.

Edgardo Lander, sociologist, professor, from Venezuela.

Tom Goldtooth, Dine’/Dakota, director of Indigenous Environmental Network from MN, USA

Anibal Quijano, sociologist and humanist thinker. Professor of critical theory, Perú.

Francios Houtart, professor, philosopher, theologian, member of the Permanent People’s Tribunal, Belgium.

Osprey Orielle Lake, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network, USA.

Rocío Silva Santiesteban, National Human Rights Coordinator, author, professor, Perú

Atossa Soltani, founder and Executive Director of Amazon Watch, USA

Terisa Turner, professor Sociology and Anthropology, former UN Energy Specialist, Canada

Ramiro Ávila, environmental attorney from Ecuador serves as the Prosecutor for the Earth.

Natalia Greene and Robin Milam, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, serve as Secretariat.

The cases and lead presenters include:

Climate Change and False Solutions Pablo Solón, Bolivia: Nnimmo Bassey, Nigeria

BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Esperanza Martínez, Ecuador

Hydraulic Fracking Shannon Biggs, United States; Martin Vilela, Bolivia

Chevron/Texaco Oil Devastation Pablo Fajardo, Julio Prieto, Ecuador;

Yasuní-ITT Oil Development Elena Galvez, Yasunidos, Ecuador

Great Barrier Reef Michelle Maloney, Australia

4 River Basins, Corrientes Peru Jose Fachin, Sarah Kerremans, Peru​​

Belo Monte Dam Leila Salazar-López, Sônia Guájajara, Brasil

Bagua Defenders of Earth Ismael Vega, Zebelio Kapap, Perú

Conga-Cajamarca Mine Milton Sanchez, Marco Arana, Máxima Chaupe, Perú

Forests and REDD+ Ivonne Yanez, Casandra Smithie,

Condor Mine Open Pit Copper Domingo Ankuash, Ecuador

Indigenous rights activist Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca from Oklahoma, USA) and Patricia Gualinga, an indigenous of the Amazon and director of Sarayaku, will provide expert witness testimony on the critical importance of Rights of Nature.

“What will happen if the temperature increases more than 2 °C? “A third of the population of animals and more than half of the plants on Earth could disappear.” Listing violations to the Rights of Mother Earth related to climate change, Pablo Solon went on to add, “We need a new system of harmony between human beings and Mother Earth that replaces the capitalist system of infinite growth for the accumulation of capital.”

The International Tribunal will be held at the Gran Hotel Bolivar on Plaza San Martín, Jirón de La Unión 958, in the historic district of Lima. The Public is invited to attend free of charge. The Tribunal begins at 8:30am and concludes at 19:00 on Friday December 5 and Saturday December 6, 2014. Six cases will be heard with closing responses from the Tribunal judges each day.

The Global Alliance for Rights of Nature was founded at a gathering in Ecuador in 2010, two years after Ecuador became the first nation in the world to adopt Rights of Nature in its Constitution and Bolivia passed its Law of the Rights of Mother Earth. Across the United States dozens of communities have adopted local rights of nature laws within the framework of a Community Bill of Rights in recent years.
The Rights of Nature movement draws on the wisdom and cosmovision of indigenous peoples in positing a new jurisprudence that recognizes the right of nature in all its forms to exist, persist, evolve and regenerate.
More information available at http://therightsofnature.org/lima-2014-tribunal/
In Spanish at http://therightsofnature.org/tribunal-internacional-derechos-de-la-naturaleza/

WECAN International at the UNFCCC COP20 2014

Women's Earth & Climate Action Network

For a printable flyer click: WECAN Lima Flyer #1

Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change-Lima 

A convening of women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against environmentally and socially destructive activities and policies, and to present the diverse array of visions and strategies with which they are working to chart another course. Panels and strategy circles will focus on extractive industries and mega-dams, forest protection and territory rights, renewable energy alternatives, new economic frameworks, rights of nature, systemic change, and how relationships between women of the Global South & North are furthering the climate justice movement. The Women’s Climate Action Agenda will be explored as a tool for implementing solutions.

Free & open to the public.

More information on related events at WECAN International at the UNFCCC COP20 2014 Para información en español, haga clic aquí.

WECAN International formal UN side event at the UNFCCC COP20

Women's Earth & Climate Action NetworkEvent in collaboration with allies at Amazon Watch and TakingItGlobal. WECAN will present the Women’s Climate Action Agenda as a blueprint for our path forward and showcase examples of youth and women as agents of local and global change. Particular focus will be on Indigenous women on the frontlines of climate change and solutions building. December 9, 2014. 16:45-18:15. Caral Room.

 

 

 

WECAN Agenda

International Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal – Lima

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature will adjudicate various cases linked to COP20 proceedings, including threats to the Great Barrier Reef and oil and mineral extraction in South America. The Tribunal is a model and potent tool to help communities working to defend the Earth and their health and heritage. WECAN is on the Global Alliance Steering Committee and will be participating in the Tribunal. For more information and registration, visit www.therightsofnature.org/events/ron-ethics-tribunal-lima

December 5-6, 2014.

Gran Hotel Bolivar, Jiron de la Union 958.

Free & open to the public. 

Advocacy work inside the UNFCCC COP20

In partnership with the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the Women and Gender Constituency.  December 1-12, 2014.

The Women’s Earth & Climate Action Network (formerly IWECI) is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions. For Our Earth and Future Generations

First Global Tribunal on Rights of Nature hears 9 cases

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Robin R. Milam
1.530.272.4322/Nature@TheRightsofNature.org

Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal 

FIRST WORLD TRIBUNAL ON RIGHTS OF NATURE
HEARS NINE CASES FOR ADMISSIBILITY

GLOBAL ALLIANCE FOR RIGHTS OF NATURE
COMMITS TO DEEPEN AND EXPAND THE WORLDWIDE MOVEMENT
QUITO, ECUADOR

The world’s first Tribunal on the Rights of Nature is being held in Quito, Ecuador, today. Headed by Vandana Shiva, physicist and internationally renowned environmental activist, this “Seed” Tribunal is hearing nine cases to determine their admissibility for adjudication at a later Tribunal, which will be held in another city and country later this year. The Tribunal for Rights of Nature will become permanent, hearing cases around the world.

The cases and the persons presenting the factual arguments for admitting them for adjudication under Rights of Nature are:

British Petroleum (BP)       Esperanza Martínez, Ecuador

Hydrofracking                         Shannon Biggs, United States

Chevron/Texaco                      Julio Prieto, Ecuador

Yasuní-ITT                                 Carlos Larrea, Ecuador

Great Barrier Reef                 Michelle Maloney, Australia

Minería Condor Mirador     Nathaly Yépez, Ecuador

GMOs                                            Elizabeth Bravo, Ecuador

Climate Change                        Pablo Solón, Bolivia

Defenders of Nature             Carlos Perez Guartambel, Ecuador

The international panel of judges sitting on the Tribunal includes:

Alberto Acosta, economist and former President of the Constituent Assembly from Quito, Ecuador

Tantoo Cardinal, actress (e.g., Dances with Wolves) from the Tar Sands of Canada

Blanca Chancoso, Kichwa leader and educator from Cotacachi, Imbabura, Ecuador

Cormac Cullinan, lawyer and author (Wild Law), Earth Democracy Coop, Cape Town, South Africa

Tom Goldtooth, Dine’/Dakota, director of Indigenous Environmental Network from Minnesota, US

Julio César Trujillo, constitutional lawyer for Yasunidos from Quito, Ecuador

Elsie Monge, human rights activist and president of CEDHU y FIDH from Quito, Ecuador

Atossa Soltani, founder and director of Amazon Watch from Washington, DC, US

Enrique Viale, environmental lawyer from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Native rights activist Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca from Oklahoma, US) and Patricia Gualinga, an indigenous of the Amazon and director of Sayaku, will provide expert witness testimony on the critical importance of Rights of Nature. Carlos Pérez will provide testimony as to his recent actions in defense of Mother Earth, the reasons for his actions and its consequences.

The Tribunal begins at 8:30 and concludes at 17:00. Before rendering her judgment at the end of the day, Vandana Shiva will speak to the issues at stake in this Tribunal and the worldwide Rights of Nature movement.

The Tribunal marks the end of a five-day summit of more than 60 global leaders of the Rights of Nature movement who form part of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. The participants hail from Australia, Switzerland, South Africa, United States, Spain, Canada, India, Romania, Bolivia, Argentina, Columbia, and the United Kingdom, as well as Ecuador.

The Global Alliance for Rights of Nature was founded at a gathering in Ecuador in 2010, two years after Ecuador became the first nation in the world to adopt Rights of Nature in its Constitution. At the summit, the leaders committed to redoubling their efforts to broaden and deepen the movement worldwide over the coming year, with a series of actions that will be detailed in the next months.

The Rights of Nature movement draws on the wisdom and cosmovision of indigenous peoples in positing a new jurisprudence that recognizes the right of nature in all its forms to exist, persist, evolve and regenerate.

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Are we Infantile?

President Correa declares us “infantile” for questioning his vision of Eco-friendly sustainable growth through mineral exploitation in Ecuador. Are We?

In an interview with New Left Review, President Correa said: “It is madness to say no to natural resources, which is what some of the left is proposing – no to oil, no to mining, no to hydropower, no to roads. This is an infantile left, which can only legitimize the right …. We can not lose sight of the fact that the main objective of a country such as Ecuador is to eliminate poverty.  And for that we need (to exploit) our natural resources.

A comparison of the Hindustan Copper Limited  open pit copper mine, Malanjkhand Copper Mine operating in Madhya Pradesh in India, and the Mirador copper mine at the headwaters of the Amazon River, is alarming.

I believe the Mirador Open Pit Copper Mine, in the headwaters of the Amazon in Ecuador, will be much more damaging than the Malanjkhand open pit copper mine in India.

There are many similarities between the two mines. Size is the big difference. Mirador mine is 10 times larger.

The Malanjkhad mine at present is processing 2 million tons of rock “ore” per year, at the rate of 5,500 tons of “ore” per day. The Mirador Mine will mine 22 million tons of rock “ore” per year, processing a total of 60,000 tons of “ore” per day.

Article 51A of the Indian Constitution says: “It should be the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the national environment, including forests, rivers and wildlife and to have compassion for all living creatures ”

In Ecuador, the Rights of Nature are enshrined in the 2008 Constitution. Quite a similarity!

The Malanjkhand mine has been operating since 1982. The environmental consequences of this mine have been written up by the Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering al Bhilai Institute of Technology. The report published by the Environmental Geochem Health in 2007 states that:

The extent of damage to the environment is so high that it can be termed as criminal negligence.

This report ought to serve as a warning to President Correa of ​​Ecuador, who accuses those who oppose his mining “initiative” as being “infantile”!

THE MALANJKHAND MINE in Balaghat district of Madhya Pradesh, in an area that was once forested land on which Adivasis depended.

Malanjkhand Mine in India

The tailings dam at the Malanjkhand copper mine has been “leaching” heavy metals. Molybdenum, nickel, zinc, lead and arsenic have leached into the groundwater and have turned aquifers acidic.

A similar situation in the Mirador Mine is more than likely. Remember the Mirador Mine will be mining 10 times more ore than the Malajkhand mine every day.

The effects of the Malanjkhand mine leaching heavy metals on the surrounding environment are  easily measurable. Five years ago, people from neighboring villages used to harvest 1,500 kg to 2,000 kg of rice per hectare. (0.4 ha).  Here is a quote from the villagers: “Now we barely harvest 300-500 kg per hectare, despite using more fertilizers.

These poisons are not only affecting crop yields, but also human life. A study by Vikas Samvad has shown that the life expectancy for villagers around the mine has dropped from 80 years of life a few decades ago, to a present average of only 55 years.

Forest guard Kalhan Singh from Chindi Tola has said that until 2006 the groundwater remained clean. The acidic mine waste has now contaminated local aquifers. The company has begun providing twice weekly tanker deliveries of water to 10 villages with a total of 1,500 people affected by the poisoned water supplies.

In September last year the residents of 10 villages near the mine staged protests at the nearby Mukki gate of Kanha National Park. They “protested” for 35 days demanding safe drinking water and compensation to 410 farmers affected by lower production yields. The Balaghat district administration asked the Regional Science Laboratory (RSL) of Jabalpur to make a study of the land. The RSL confirmed the presence of acid and heavy metals in the fields.

Researchers have found traces of heavy metals in the nearby Banjar river that flows through Kanha National Park.

The Mirador Mine will be enormous, with mining started at an altitude of 800 meters, mining an open pit down to levels below sea level in an area of ​​more than 200 water sources. The runoff from rainfall of two and a half tons per square meter per year will be enormous, hydrology will be changed, forests will die, fish, mammals and birds will also die, the groundwater will be polluted, lifestyle and culture will be destroyed, and lands will be poisoned.

Are we, in the words of President Correa, “infantile” when we care about our shared heritage, and question his declarations of eco-friendly sustainable growth? Are we?

David Dene, March 2013
Ecologist, Research, and Co-Founder of Protect Ecuador
http://www.protectecuador.org

Sign our petition on Avaaz.com at http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_The_Mirador_Open_Pit_Copper_and_Gold_Mine_in_The_Head_Waters_of_The_River_Amazon/?fSJdoeb&pv=1

La Alianza Global para los Derechos de la Naturaleza lanza dos libros en San Francisco, CA California

El Comité Ejecutivo de la Alianza Global por los Derechos de la Naturaleza celebró su segundo encuentro, el 26 de abril 2011 en Green Gulch, San Francisco en el cual se discutieron las estrategias y la planificación de las actividades de la Alianza para el próximo año.

The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother EarthAdicionalmente, se aprovechó la oportunidad de tener a los miembros del Comité Ejectivo para realizar una conferencia sobre los Derechos de la Naturaleza y el lanzamiento de dos libros. Natalia Greene, Coordinadora del Programa Plurinacionalidad y Derechos de la Naturaleza de la Fundación Pachamama, fue una de los tres penalistas, quienes discutieron sobre la historia, la importancia y el impacto de los Derechos de la Naturaleza para un futuro justo y sustentable.  Greene destacó la necesidad urgente de instrumentalizar y exigir los Derechos de la Naturaleza mediante el desarrollo de jurisprudencia con casos legales, luego que estos derechos se reconocieron en la Constitución ecuatoriana del 2008. Los penalistas en este foro internacional fueron: Thomas Linzey de “Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund” y Cormac Cullinan, de EnAct Internacional, abogado ambientalista de Sudáfrica y autor del libro “Wild Law“.

Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth JusticeTodos las intervenciones enfatizaron los avances y éxitos de los Derechos de la Naturaleza en el mundo, la importancia de reconocer la Naturaleza como un sujeto de derechos, un alguien quien es protegido y cuidado, en vez que un objeto de propiedad, además de resaltar la rápida incorporación de este tema en el debate internacional, empezando con el reconocimiento constitucional en Ecuador en el 2008, la Conferencia Mundial de Pueblos sobre Cambio Climático y los Derechos de la Madre Tierra en Cochabamba Bolivia en el 2010, y la oportunidad de Cormac Cullinan y de Vandana Shiva de hablar por el día de la Madre Tierra el 22 de abril en el seno de las Naciones Unidas sobre estos derechos que implican un cambio radical de paradigma.

La Alianza Global por los Derechos de la Naturaleza (www.therightsofnature.org)  es una red global, creada en septiembre del 2010 en el Ecuador por un grupo de individuos y organizaciones internacionales, quienes promueven el reconocimiento y la implementación de los Derechos de la Naturaleza en el mundo mediante la difusión de información y educación y promoción de este tema ha ser incorporado como eje transversal de todas las organizaciones que buscan la sostenibilidad ambiental y la justicia social.  Fundación Pachamama y Pachamama Alliance son miembros fundadores y parte del Comité Ejecutivo de la Alianza. (link a www.therightsofnature.org )

Durante este segundo encuentro se lanzaron dos libros. “The Rights of Nature, the Case for a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth” que es una compilación de textos escritos por pensadores alrededor del mundo en cuanto a los Derechos de la Naturaleza y la Declaración Universal de los Derechos de la Madre Tierra. Es co-producido por Global Exchange, Council of Canadians, y Fundación Pachamama. Para adquirir este libro puede contactarse con communications@globalexchange.org.

También fue lanzada una nueva versión editada del inspirador libro “Wild Law: a manifesto for Earth Justice” de Cormac Cullinan, el cual incluye la experiencia de la Constitución ecuatoriana y la experiencia de Bolivia impulsando la Declaración Universal de los Derechos de la Madre Tierra. Para adquirir este libro contactarse con: http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/now-available-wild-law/ o http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1603583777/ref=pe_143810_19570810_snp_dp

Global Campaign to Bestow Legal Rights on Mother Earth

UNITED NATIONS, May 24, 2011 (IPS) – An international coalition of academics and environmental activists has launched a global campaign for the creation of a new U.N. convention to protect “mother earth”.

Thalif Deen of Inter Press Services writes about the global campaign for the creation of a new U.N. convention to “bestow legal rights on mother earth”.  This article comes on the heals of recent events at the UN in which the “Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth” was presented  during the UN General Assembly Panel Dialogues on Harmony with Nature and endorsed during the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Deen quotes U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro warning “It is not too late to change course and improve our relationship with Mother Earth, But time is running out.”

Excerpts from Thalif Deen’s article:

With the United Nations fighting a relentless battle against water pollution, loss of biodiversity, desertification, deforestation, climate change and a depleted ozone layer, the campaign for a “Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth” has taken added significance.

Maude Barlow, a lead campaigner for the U.N. convention and chairperson of the Council of Canadians,  said: “We hope that one day a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth will stand as the companion to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights as one of the guiding covenants of our time.”

Last month, a group of scholars and environmental experts from around the world launched a new book titled ‘The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth and Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth and Justice.’

Speaking at the launch in New York Apr. 21, Shannon Biggs, director of the community rights programme at Global Exchange, said: “Today’s environmental laws place commerce above nature, and in so doing they legalise harm to ecosystems.”

“We see communities across the world, including the United States, taking action to change this model in recognition of the rights of nature, and to protect our environment, our communities and our future,” said Biggs, author of ‘Building the Green Economy: Success Stories from the Grassroots.’

Barlow told IPS the rights of nature are based on the notion that the natural world is a fully operating system, a community, with its own laws. It is therefore necessary for humans to construct laws that are compatible with the laws of nature.

This means promoting human and community development in a way that protects nature and promotes sustainability, said Barlow, a former U.N. Adviser on Water.

Maude Barlow said “We are trying to say that there is no such thing as a human right if the earth cannot sustain life and it is no coincidence that where poor people are dying, so is the water, forests and air around them.”

The rights of humans and nature are deeply intertwined, and “we forget this at our peril”, she added.

Read the complete article…

Vision: How to Change Our Laws So That Corporations Don’t Trump Communities

AlterNet / By Shannon Biggs and Mari Margil

Our environmental laws and regulations, rather than put in place protections for the environment, instead seem to be written to exploit it. Here’s what can we do about it.

Excerpts from The Rights of Nature: The case for a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, produced by the Council of Canadians, Global Exchange and Fundacion Pachamama.

The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration ofthe Rights of Mother Earth“It takes thousands of years for individual drops of rain to maneuver through silent passages and gently accumulate into underground aquifers. Purified and enriched over the millennia by mineral deposits deep in the earth, groundwater is the sacred lifeblood of local watersheds upon which all life — including human communities — depend. Yet it takes no time at all to destroy this delicate balance. In fact, all it takes is a simple piece of paper.

Steeped in colonial history, Nottingham, New Hampshire, could be a picture postcard of quaint village life in New England. Yet in 2001, this tiny rural village of 4,000 residents became the poster child for too familiar “site-fights” between small towns seeking to protect local water and large multinational corporations seeking to extract it. It was then that the USA Springs Corporation applied to the state for a permit to extract more than 400,000 gallons of water a day from Nottingham’s local aquifer to bottle and sell overseas.”

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