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Earth-Centered Law and Regulation for Safeguarding Nature – IUCN World Conservation Congress


Join Us for a Workshop on

“Earth-Centered Law and Regulation for Safeguarding Nature.”

September 4th, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Room 318A, Hawaii Convention Center, Session 10223

Introductory Remarks by Justice Antonio H. Benjamin, Chair, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law

Why Should You Attend?

IUCN-Earth-Center-Law-workshop-vertical1) In 2012 the IUCN adopted Resolution 100, “Incorporation of the Rights of Nature as the organizational focal point in IUCN’s decision making.” This Resolution calls nature’s rights to become a “fundamental and absolute key element for planning, action and assessment” for the IUCN.

2) Resolution 100 further urges the IUCN to promote a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature.

3) Now is the time to act on this IUCN Resolution and shift our laws and actions from an anthropocentric to an Earth-centered worldview and ethic.

4) Laws derived from the Earth that recognize and protect nature’s rights can help reverse the damage to the natural world, as well as prevent further damage. Such laws also support human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights, as detailed in Earth Law Center’s report, Fighting for Our Shared Future:

5) Over 845,000 people worldwide already support the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Attend this Workshop to learn more about how you can take part in the fast-growing rights of nature movement!

Speakers: Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center, USA (Rights of Nature); Sostine Namanya, NAPE, Uganda (Earth Jurisprudence); Betsan Martin, Int’l Alliance of Responsible and Sustainable Societies, New Zealand; (Responsibilities to Nature) Florence Clap, IUCN France (Ecological Reparations)

For more information, contact Linda Sheehan,, or visit

Click for a printable  IUCN Earth-Centered Law and Regulation for Safeguarding Nature workshop flier.

Learn more about the proposed IUCN Universal Declaration for the Rights of Nature

To sign the Intervention urging the IUCN to implement Rights of Nature, and adopt a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature, please send your organization’s name and logo to

Related events of interest:
Workshop 10217, Protection of Sacred Natural Sites, Sept. 4, 11am-1pm
Workshop 10283, Ecologically Informed Global Ethics and Env’l Law, Sept. 2, 5-7pm
Workshop 10300, Environmental Rule of Law, Sept. 3, 2:30-4:30pm

Women of the World Call for Urgent Action on Climate Change & Sustainability Solutions

International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative

September 20, 2013 the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit brought some 100 women leaders representing the broad diversity across continents – Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America, ethnicity, race, politics, religion, and culture.  These women leaders include grassroots activists, economists, scientists, businesswomen, Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, faith leaders, culture shapers gathering to help further a women’s climate action agenda.  Together they set forth and ratified A Declaration of a world call for urgent action on climate change and sustainability solutions.

You are invited to stand with these global leaders and other women, and men, from ALL walks of life in a this global call for action.

Please visit to read the complete text and take a stand by signing.

Included herein is a short excerpt.

International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit

A Declaration

Women of the World Call for Urgent Action on
Climate Change & Sustainability Solutions

September 20, 2013

We are the mothers and the grandmothers, sisters and daughters, nieces and aunts, who stand together to care for all generations across our professions, affiliations and national identities.

We are teachers and scientists, farmers and fishers, healers and helpers, workers and business peoples, writers and artists, decision-makers and activists, leaders and thinkers. We work in the halls of power, the halls of faith and the halls of our homes.

We are gathering to raise our voices to advocate for an Earth-respecting cultural narrative, one of “restore, respect, replenish” and to replace the narrative of “domination, depletion and destruction” of nature.

We are committed to a transition from a future of peril to a future of promise, to rally the women around the world to join together in action at all levels until the climate crisis is solved.

Key anchoring points of the Declaration is the recognition that

We must act now for ourselves, for future generations, for all living things on Mother Earth.

and the call to

Respect and implement the Rights of Women, the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Rights of Nature and the Rights of Future Generations;

Read and sign the IWECI Declaration Statement.

For an engaging panel discussion on Rights of Nature visit How We Live: Rights of Nature, Community Rights, Earth Community Economy, Our Relationship to the Earth

Latin American and Caribbean recommend Rights of Nature dialogue

The 18th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment (FME18) of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) was held in Quito, Ecuador, 2-3 February 2012.  32 Latin American and Caribbean nations sign Quito Declaration which proposes “in the framework of the Rio+20 Conference, a universal declaration of the rights of nature should be discussed as an instrument to achieve good living.”

For the complete text, visit Quito Declaration – Latin America and Caribbean Ministerial Environment Forum for Rio+20

Vision: The Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth Is Our Roadmap to a Liveable Future

by NNimmo Bassey

“It is time for humankind to humbly accept that we have arrived at the precipice of reckless living, exploitation and destruction of Mother Earth.”

The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother EarthThe following is excerpted from the recently released book, 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 prime anchor of the proposed Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth is that every element in Nature is interdependent and one cannot ignore the rights of the other without consequences. A grasping of this truth brings clarity to the fact that the Earth herself is finite and limited. It also helps us to grasp that if the resources of the Earth were used sustainably there would be enough to sustain every creature and living being in a continuously renewing manner.

Mahatma Ghandi rightly said that there is enough on Earth to meet everyone’s need, but not enough to meet everyone’s greed. This saying gets to the root of the matter. The interconnectedness in Nature demands that we deal respectfully with the bounties of Nature as well as with every other person. This is the pathway to sustainability.

…After acceding to water as a human right, it is time for the world to take the next necessary step to proclaim the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. This, in a manner of speaking, is the mother of all rights.

The urgency for this Declaration cannot be overstressed. Man’s exploitation of Mother Earth has left indelible scars that may never be healed.

The Declaration of the Right of Mother Earth demands a paradigm shift and a conscious effort on the part of man to own up to our errors and settle on amending our patterns of production and consumption. The respect of Nature and socio-cultural contexts would have far-reaching implications and would result in the building of healthy societies where harmony is maintained and the rights of all beings are respected.

At the heart of the Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth is the much needed assertion, promotion and protection of the sovereignty of peoples and other beings on Earth to grow in mutually beneficial relationships and support systems. For humans it would promote food sovereignty, energy sovereignty and sovereignty over territories and resources. It would truncate destructive exploitation, build resilience and strengthen the defence of all rights. This Declaration will provide the essential tool for the growth of global solidarity to take humankind into a civilisation based on sustainable principles.

In sum, the seeds of the real strategies to tackle climate change are embedded in the proposed Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. It is time for humankind to humbly accept that we have arrived at the precipice of reckless living, exploitation and destruction of Mother Earth and that even if water is found on other planets only the very rich may make it there. And we must accept that even those who make it there may need more than one lifetime to make the distance. We have only one Earth, the blue planet floating in space. The future security of nations will be based on the global solidarity, and not competition and domination. As one environmental and social activist said, “Without local, regional and global solidarity and vice versa the substantial transformations in the bosom of humanity will never be made.”


Copies of the book may be obtained through Global Exchange.

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…

Addis Ababa launches Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth

Addis Ababa launches Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth

Click to download (legal/A4 size)

Professor Anwar Fazal launched the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth at the The Second Right Livelihood Lecture at Addis Ababa University as part of an International Mother Earth Day celebration on 21st April 2011.

The audience included 3 winners of the the Right Livelihood Award popularly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize“, the President of the University and some 150 staff, students and diplomats.

You can download a 4 page leaflet on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature printable on A4 or legal size paper that the audience was given.

Professor Anwar Fazal is Director of the Right Livelihood College, Penang ,Malyasia and a recipient of the Right Livelihood Award.

For more information on Right Livelihood College, visit  Addis Ababa University is in Addis Ababa, Ethopia.