From Tom Brenan, Gaia Foundation
Here are some recent Earth law developments:
- The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) are to hold a two-hour webinar on ‘Rights of Nature: Protecting and Defending the Places We Live’ on 27th The training will explore the concept and use of Rights of Nature as a means of ushering in a legal, social, political and economic framework based on the laws of the Earth.
- The Earth Law Center and partners in the Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance will be holding a Rights of Nature Tribunal in Antioch, California on 30th The Tribunal will be modelled on the successful International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature held in Paris in December 2015 during COP21 and will address violations of the San Francisco Bay Delta Area’s right to exist, thrive and evolve in light of diversions of the necessary flows from the Delta. It will also consider violations of the rights of Delta communities to self-governance for healthy water solutions.
- The Australian Earth Laws Alliance will be holding a Rights of Nature Tribunal in Brisbane on 22nd October, following its two-day conference. The Tribunal will hear cases concerning the destruction of ecosystems and the wider Earth community in Australia and will make recommendations for law reform and restorative action.
- Not really Earth law as such, but interesting nonetheless – the Royal Canadian Mint has issued a new Mother Earth and Water coin highlighting that we are all dependent on Mother Earth and the water she provides.
By Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network International
During COP21 U.N. climate negotiations and actions by the climate justice movement in Paris, two truly transformational ideas were presented that challenge dominant destructive paradigms and instead offer deep systemic change. Today, we invite you to READ and SHARE this article by WECAN Executive Director, Osprey Orielle Lake, sharing the ‘revolutionary and evolutionary’ concepts of Rights of Nature and Kawsak Sacha, ‘the Living Forest’.
It is critical to note that the land of the Kichwa people of Sarayaku, who provide the vision of Kawsak Sacha, was signed away last week to Chinese companies for oil extraction. The Kichwa people have nurtured and successfully protected the forest from oil drilling for decades, but this new threat is dire. As we embrace and learn from their critical proposals, we MUST stand up and take effective action in support of the Kichwa, Sapara and all others resisting extraction in the Amazon. WECAN will soon be traveling to Ecuador for solidarity actions.
“The message our Living Forest proposal delivers is aimed at the entire world with the goal of reaching the hearts and minds of human beings everywhere, encouraging us all to reflect on the close relation between Human Rights and the Rights of Nature.” —From Kawsak Sacha, The Living Forest: An Indigenous Proposal for Confronting Climate Change, presented by the Amazonian Kichwa People of Sarayaku, Ecuador
Read Osprey Orielle Lake’s compelling article: Recognizing the Rights of Nature and the Living Forest in EcoWatch now.
Osprey Orielle Lake is the founder and executive director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International and co-chair of International Advocacy for the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. Osprey is the author of the award-winning book Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature. Follow on Twitter @WECAN_INTL.
Peoples Climate March & Climate Week 2014:
Events and Wall of Women Action!
Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network – WECAN has released its Action Plan for the Peoples Climate March & Climate Week in New York September 21-23. Read and print the details for the WECAN Climate Week 2014.
On September 21st a delegation representing Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network – WECAN will take to the streets of New York City, joining thousands of allies in raising women’s voices at the ‘Peoples Climate March’. Soon to be the largest climate march in history, the Peoples Climate March seeks to “bend the course of history”, drawing global attention and exerting direct pressure on attendees of the UN Climate Summit. WECAN encourages everyone who is able to march with us on this momentous day as we mobilize for the rights of women, indigenous peoples, nature, and future generations.
On September 22nd, WECAN International will host ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change’, an extraordinary afternoon of women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against activities and policies that threaten the environment, our communities, and the very future of life as we know it. Presentations will highlight the role of women worldwide as innovators and agents of change, and explore means of strengthening the network of women leaders who are on the frontline of the transition to a just and sustainable future. WECAN’s newly released Women’s Climate Action Agenda will be shared and discussed at the event, to be held at the UN Church Center in New York City from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Immediately following ‘Women Leading Solutions’ on September 22nd, WECAN leaders and allies will convene for the second day of the ‘Wall of Women’ action. For details see: wecaninternational.org/climate-march-2014-gallery
On September 23rd, WECAN International and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature will host an afternoon panel and strategy session on the ‘Rights of Nature and Systemic Change in Climate Solutions’ from 2:15-3 pm at the Church Center of the United Nations. The event is founded with the conviction that modern legal systems have failed to adequately address environmental and social degradation, and that a new paradigm which treats nature as a right-bearing entity is at the heart of genuine climate solutions. Panelists will provide an introduction to the Rights of Nature and discuss International Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunals, community applications of the Rights of Nature as a tool for protection and resiliency, and much more.
More information at WECAN People’s Climate March and Week of Action
The largest climate march in history is planned in New York for September 21 as a lead up to the UN Climate Summit. IEN, Global Exchange, WECAN, Idle No More, Earth Law Center, AmazonWatch, and other Alliance members are organizing delegations, hosting call-to-action events on the People’s Climate Train and at the UN Church Center that week.
Rights of Nature and Systemic Change for Real Climate Solutions
September 23 2:15pm
UN Church Center
New York, NY
On September 23rd, Global Alliance and Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) will host a Rights of Nature and Systemic Change for Real Climate Solutions event at 2:15-3pm at UN Church Center.
After decades of environmental protection laws (which have achieved some notable successes), our modern legal systems have failed to prevent the increasingly grave threats of climate change, degradation of earth’s ecosystems, and the growing displacement of humans and other species. To achieve sustainability even at its most basic level, the time has come for society to restructure the fundamental framework of our governance and economics systems as they relate to the relationship of humans and our Earth. A growing Rights of Nature movement is committed to creating a system of jurisprudence that treats nature and Mother Earth as a rights bearing entity. Rooted in traditional indigenous wisdom, which respects the equal rights of nature and honors the interrelationship of all life, a new paradigm founded in the notion of living in harmony with nature is critical to climate discussions, sustainability goals, community’s having the right to self-determination, and a just transition to a clean energy economy as we face urgent ecological tipping points.
Panelists will provide an introduction to Rights of Nature/Rights of Mother Earth and examine :
- Past and upcoming international Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunals;
- Rights of Nature and the new economy
- Rights of Nature as a key alternative to market-mechanism “solutions”; and
- At a local level, what Rights of Nature can do to protect your community from fracking and other harms.
- Pablo Solon, Focus on the Global South, former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN
- Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network
- Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environment Network
- Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center
- Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange
- Casey Camp-Horinek, Actress, Indigenous Environment Network
- Gloria Ushigua, Associaiton of Sapara Women, Sapara, Ecuador
This event is free and open to the public, however, due to security in this part of the city registration is required. Register Now.
Please plan to arrive early and allow ample time for security.
Contact Osprey Orielle Lake if you want to participate.