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Seeding a transformed future

by Patricia Siemen May 12, 2015

Dr. Mira Shiva, Dr. Vandana Shiva and Sr. Pat Siemen. (Photo provided by Patricia Siemen)

Dr. Mira Shiva, Dr. Vandana Shiva and Sr. Pat Siemen. (Photo provided by Patricia Siemen)

Last month I returned from my first visit to India. I was invited to lead a week’s workshop on “Earth Democracy: Defending the Rights of People and Mother Earth” with Dr. Vandana Shiva and her sister Dr. Mira Shiva, a physician and leader in public health. The course took place at the Navdanya Biodiversity Learning Center at Bija Vidapeeth University in Dehradun, India.

Dehradun is nestled in the Doon Valley in northern India, at the foothills of the Himalayas, situated between the Ganges and Yamuna rivers. Eight of us traveled from New Delhi to Dehradun by train for five hours to reach the Earth University learning site. It is comprised of a communal living compound and 50 acres of farm land growing only plants from native seeds. Navdanya is organized as a Gandhian ashram with a commitment to non-violence and a daily schedule of meditation and communal work – preparing the meals, cleaning the common spaces and working in the garden. The teaching sessions are often held outside if the weather is amenable.

Teaching with Dr. Vandana Shiva, an internationally renowned environmentalist, physicist, author, speaker and seed-saver par excellence, is a high honor. She and I first met in 2010 when I invited her to lead a conference on Earth Rights; Human Rights at the Center for Earth Jurisprudence at Barry University School of Law where I teach. We reconnected in 2013 in Quito, Ecuador, during the World’s First Peoples’ Tribunal on the Rights of Mother Earth, which was sponsored by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. It was while we were in Ecuador that Vandana invited me to teach a week’s course with her in India.

Read Pat’s complete inspiring article Seeding a transformed future at GlobalSistersReport

Thank you and Congratulations

Winter Newsletter and Thank You Members

Greetings Alliance Members,

Looking back on 2014, we want to express our deepest gratitude for your partnership, resiliency, creativity, and support.  Starting with the launch of the International Rights of Nature Tribunal and our Summit in January and culminating with the second International Tribunal in Lima this month, 2014 has been a momentous year for the Alliance.

Additionally, we have cheered as many of you hosted regional peoples tribunals, launched Rights of Nature initiatives in your communities and for the EU, organized events to advocate Rights of Nature, and reaffirmed recognition of Rights of Nature and Mother Earth through the messaging of your organizations and at events world wide. Some were spawned in conjunction with our Earth Rights Days of Action in October. Others germinated independently.  It is humbling and exhilarating to be a part of this movement with you.  Our aim is to shine a light on you to spur your momentum and success and to move us all toward a world living in harmony with nature and each other.

International Rights of Nature Tribunal ~ Lima, Peru

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The Global Alliance convened the second International Rights of Nature Tribunal in Lima, Peru concurrent with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 20) in December 2014.  The hearings were an intense, deeply moving two days as one by one experts and witnesses came forward to present facts and stories detailing how they individually and collectively are impacted by gross violations to Mother Earth and the Rights of Nature.

Casey CampCasey Camp-Horinek of Oklahoma, USA told how “fracturing the skeleton of Mother Earth” for oil and gas is killing indigenous communities across the United States. Her own 600 person Ponca Nation is burying one relative a week due to death from cancer and other diseases.  She spoke movingly about feeling frequent earthquakes in an area that was not prone to earthquakes before fracking.  The shaking is all the more riveting to raw emotions dealing with the deep personal loss and the destructive impact of extractive industries.

Sônia Guajajara, the national coordinator of Brazil’s Association of Indigenous Peoples (APIB), described the expansive flooding of the Amazon basin in Brazil caused by construction of the massive Belo Monte Dam.  Tens of thousands of indigenous peoples are being dislocated as their traditional homeland becomes buried under water.  Brazil is building a series of hydroelectric power dams throughout the Amazon to fuel the prodigious demands of aluminum smelters and a burgeoning economy. Furthermore seasonal water levels create questions about Belo Monte’s ability to provide proposed uninterrupted power and may require additional dams upstream to insure water supplies.

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Widows with their children from Ecuador and Peru spoke of the murder and disappearance of their husbands from communities who have been fighting the expansion of mining and oil extraction in South America. The Tribunal was dedicated to the memory of Jose Tendetza, Shuar leader (pictured right) who was found murdered only days before he was to present the Condor Mirador Mine Case.

Pablo Solon and witnesses provided clear evidence that false solutions for Climate Change such as geoengineering and carbon market mechanisms employed in REDD projects are systemic violations to Mother Earth and Rights of Nature.

Spirits soared as the Yasunidos Collective burst into the room singing and dancing after days of being repeatedly detained by Ecuadorian police who ultimately confiscated their bus. Yasunidos is a group of young activists who are calling for the Ecuadorian government to halt oil development in the fragile Yasuní National Park and to protect one of the most bio-diverse regions on our planet.

The Climate Caravan left Mexico several months ago in route to Lima.  The young Yasunidos group joined the caravan as they came through Ecuador to give a global voice to their stand in defense of Yasuní.  In spite of the delays and harassment by Ecuadorian officials, the group hired another bus and arrived to present their case to the Tribunal.

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Yasunidos manifests the resiliency of communities and organizations who are saying “Stop this madness!” The International Tribunal, and related locally hosted Tribunals, examine the evidence and give voice to this global call. The time is NOW to transform human consciousness, to redesign failing, consumptive economic and social structures, and to create a framework for living in harmony with nature grounded in the recognition of the Rights of Mother Earth.
Learn more:

NinewaWe are in the process of posting decisions of the Tribunal including videos and details of each of the cases on the Global Alliance website at  http://therightsofnature.org/lima-2014-tribunal/.

David Hill of the Guardian published a compelling article, Fracking and Lima Climate Talks Slammed at Rights of Nature Tribunal saying “It’s difficult to know what was more moving or arresting” as he went on to describe the intimate testimony of indigenous leaders describing “being fracked to death” and Nnimmo Bassey declaring that “business as usual means cooking Africa”.

At the conclusion of the International Tribunal, key members including Osprey Orielle Lake of WECAN, Tom BK Goldtooth presented at a Press Conference inside UNFCCC COP 20 in Lima:

UN Press Conference Lima on the International Rights of Nature Tribunal

Also in Lima, the Alliance hosted a Rights of Nature Tribunal event at the People’s Summit and marched with partners and some  200,000 participants in the Peoples’ Climate March through the streets of Lima.
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A special Thank You!

The Tribunal was truly an international collaboration of our members.  Among the participating leaders were Alberto Acosta – President, Natalia Greene – Secretariat, Ramiro Avila – Prosecutor, WECAN International, Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), Focus on the Global South, Amazon Watch, Acción Ecológica, Movement Rights, Alianza Arkana, our distinguished judges, and representatives from impacted communities of Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, and other areas of the Americas, Australia, and Africa.  Thank you to WECAN International and Amazon Watch for arranging the UNFCCC Press Conference.

Next steps for 2015

In December 2015, the UNFCCC COP21 meets in Paris, France.  The Global Alliance intends to again convene the International Rights of Nature Tribunal concurrent with the UN Climate Conference.

We need your support to maintain the momentum and carry on to Paris. We invite you to support us financially by making a donation to the Global Alliance!   Your financial contributions are tax deductible.

Thank you for your partnership and for your work towards advancing Rights of Nature ~ Rights of Mother Earth.

Blessings on the coming New Year!

Robin

Robin Milam
Administrative Director
Co-Secretariat, International Tribunal

Contact Us at TheRightsofNature.org.

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Nati Greene with Tom Goldtooth on Tribunal Outcomes

Tom Goldtooth of IEN interviews Natalia Greene, Secretariat, on the outcomes of the Rights of Nature Tribunal in Lima Peru December 2014.  Nati stated, “I did not expect to be so touched…”

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/

Story of Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the Ethics Tribunal

Just re-released!  The story of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the Ethics Tribunal!

Learn about the origins of the Rights of Nature movement as Ecuador becomes the first country to include Rights of Nature in its Constitution and communities across the United States adopt Rights of Nature and assert their community rights.  Travel to Cochabamba, Bolivia for the creation and proclamation of the Universal Declaration for the Rights of Mother Earth.  Experience the 2014 Global Rights of Nature Summit and the launch of the first Permanent Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal.

Thank you to Siegmund Thies and Norie Huddle for producing this video in both English and Spanish!

For more visit:  Video on Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and the Ethics Tribunal  http://therightsofnature.org/ga-ron-video/

UN Harmony with Nature dialogue and Rights of Nature – April 22, 2014

UN Harmony with Nature - Linda Sheehan moderatingOn the International Day of Mother Earth, April 22, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly hosted its fourth International Dialogue on Harmony with Nature.  Linda Sheehan, Executive Director of Earth Law Center, moderated the panel discussions.  Civil society was invited to submit statements related to Harmony with Nature and Rights of Nature.   The UN’s Harmony with Nature website has added an informational page on Rights of Nature at:  Rights of Nature Law and Policy.

The Global Alliance submitted the following statement in support of advancing the formal discussion for the adoption of a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth by the United Nations. Click to download a printable PDF at Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature – UN Harmony with Nature 2014

INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON HARMONY WITH NATURE TO
COMMEMORATE INTERNATIONAL MOTHER EARTH DAY
UN HQ, NY, 22 April 2014

Statement by: Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

On behalf of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature (the “Alliance”) thank you again for the opportunity to contribute to the Interactive Dialogue of the UN General Assembly on Harmony with Nature. We commend you, the Plurinational State of Bolivia, and all who continue to bring this initiative forward.

2014 Rights of Nature Summit-sideThe Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature is a global 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 Rights of Nature an idea whose time has come.  Our intention as an Alliance is aligned with the proposal made to the General Assembly by Ambassador Xavier Lasso of Ecuador, and others around the world to continue the discussion towards Rights of Nature.  We, the Alliance, recommend the General Assembly begin the formal discussion for the adoption of a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth by the United Nations.

To that end, in January 2014 the Alliance hosted a Global Rights of Nature Summit. A diverse gathering of scientists, attorneys, economists, activists, indigenous leaders, authors, spiritual leaders, politicians, actors, and others from 16 countries and 6 continents participated in the three day Global Rights of Nature Summit. Sixty participating principals represented diverse disciplines, cultures, nations, and bioregions. Participants traveled from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Canada, Columbia, Ecuador, India, Italy, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the Azores, United Kingdom, and United States to create a framework of action for further expanding global integration of Rights of Nature within today’s social, economic, and legal systems.

The primary premise of the Alliance is that in order to insure an environmentally sustainable future, humans must reorient themselves from an exploitative and ultimately self-destructive relationship with nature, to one that honors the deep interrelation of all life and contributes to living in harmony with the natural environment. An essential step in achieving this is to create a system of jurisprudence that sees and treats nature as a fundamental, rights bearing entity and not as mere property to be exploited at will.

It is to this end that the Alliance hosted the Summit and, among its prominent outcomes, launched the formation of a Permanent Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal.

Permanent Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunal

RoNTribunal-sideThe Alliance launched the permanent International Ethics Tribunal to demonstrate how Rights of Nature can be implemented in practice.  Nine prominent cases were presented to a distinguished international, multicultural panel of judges. Among the cases were the Chevron-Texaco pollution case (Ecuador); BP Deep Horizon oil spill (USA); Yasuní-ITT oil project (Ecuador); the endangerment of the Great Barrier Reef by coal mines (Australia); hydraulic fracturing  (USA) and the impacts of Climate Change (global). The Tribunal provides a vehicle for reframing prominent environmental and social justice cases and to adjudicate the cases within the context of a Rights of Nature based earth jurisprudence.  While the Ethics Tribunal does not have specific legal authority for enforcement, the adjudication process provides a platform for informed legal analysis of diverse cases based on Rights of Nature.

Furthermore the Tribunal provides a framework for educating civil society and governments on the fundamental tenets of Rights of Nature and serves as an instrument for legal experts to examine constructs needed to more fully integrate Rights of Nature.  Individual Chambers will be heard around the world leading up to an international Tribunal in conjunction with UNFCCC COP20 in Lima Peru in December 2014.   For more, visit http://www.therightsofnature.org/rights-of-nature-tribunal/.

For more information on the Summit outcomes, visit http://www.therightsofnature.org/ron-summit-outcomes/

We encourage the UN General Assembly to continue and expand the dialogue around Rights of Nature not only in the context of Harmony with Nature but in the broader context of creating the Future We Want through advocating economic systems and structures that are truly aligned supporting with a balanced, healthy Earth Community.

Respectfully submitted,

Robin R. Milam

Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

 

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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