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If Nature Had Rights

[CORMAC CULLINAN DRAWINGS, AMY FALSTROM] Read an extract from the author’s book Wild Law. It was the SUDDEN RUSH of the goats’ bodies against the side of the boma that woke him. Picking up a spear and stick, the Kenyan farmer slipped out into the warm night and crept toward the pen. All he could see was the spotted, sloping hindquarters of the animal trying to … Continue reading If Nature Had Rights

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Nature’s right to exist gets a boost from key organizations

[Mike Gaworecki, 2016-10-13] In 2008, Ecuador became the first country to enshrine in its constitution the right of nature to exist and thrive. Then Bolivia passed its Law of the Rights of Mother Earth in 2010, which not only recognizes the natural world’s rights but also grants Earth what’s been called a “legal personality,” thereby allowing legal action to be brought on the planet’s behalf … Continue reading Nature’s right to exist gets a boost from key organizations

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Committing geocide: climate change and corporate capture

[Susan George,22 September 2016] Geocide is the collective action of a single species among millions of other species which is changing planet Earth to the point that it can become unrecognisable and unfit for life. Susan George visited the Seminar of the International Centre for the promotion of Human Rights [CIPDH] and Unesco titled “Interreligious and inter cultural dialogue: consciences and climate change”  (Buenos Aires 1-2  September) … Continue reading Committing geocide: climate change and corporate capture

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Geocidio: cambio climático y captura corporativa

[Susan George, 04 Octubre 2016] El geocidio es la acción colectiva de una única especie, de entre millones de otras especies, que está cambiando el planeta Tierra hasta el punto de que puede volverse irreconocible e incapaz de albergar vida.  Susan George dictó esta conferencia en un seminario del Centro Internacional para la Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CIPDH) y la UNESCO, titulado “Conciencia: Diálogo … Continue reading Geocidio: cambio climático y captura corporativa

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Notas para el debate: Los derechos de la Madre Tierra

[English version] “La naturaleza es un sujeto y no una colección de objetos.” –Thomas Berry ¿Que son los derechos de la Madre Tierra? ¿Una nueva visión de relación con la naturaleza, un nuevo marco legal, un conjunto de principios éticos, una estrategia para cuestionar los super poderes de las empresas transnacionales? Los Derechos de la Madre Tierra tienen que ver con todos estos aspectos y … Continue reading Notas para el debate: Los derechos de la Madre Tierra

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The climate is ripe for social change

[Vishwas Satgar] In a surprising departure from the corporate-controlled narrative on climate change, on November 30 2015, during the build-up to the recent United Nations COP20 climate summit in Lima, the New York Times ran a front-page story in which climate experts warned that “it now may be impossible to prevent the temperature of the planet’s atmosphere from rising by 3.6 degrees F”. “According to a … Continue reading The climate is ripe for social change

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Notes for the debate: The Rights of Mother Earth

Versión en español Download this text in PDF format “Nature is a subject and not a collection of objects.” -Thomas Berry What are the rights of Mother Earth? A new vision of our relationship with nature, a new legal framework, a set of ethical principles, a strategy with which to question the superpowers of transnational corporations? The Rights of Mother Earth refers to all of … Continue reading Notes for the debate: The Rights of Mother Earth

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«Il ne faut pas se battre pour la croissance mais pour la redistribution»

 [Pablo Solon, 2012] Entretien avec Pablo Solon par Jade Lindgaard, publie le vendredi 7 Septembre, 2012 Le cycle de discussions préparatoires, avant la conférence de l’ONU sur le climat de novembre, à Doha, s’est tenu cette semaine à Bangkok. Enjeu : comment financer le Fonds vert pour le climat destiné à aider les pays pauvres à faire face au réchauffement climatique ? Et que faire … Continue reading «Il ne faut pas se battre pour la croissance mais pour la redistribution»

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Economy for Life in our Earth community

Brief Background: This living document is a result of an extensive process led by the Social Movements for an Alternative Asia (SMAA), Gerak Lawan, La Via Campesina and the supporters of the #EndWTO Campaign. A draft document was written and circulated online before the #EndWTO Week of Action parallel to the 9th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization in Bali, Indonesia last December 2013. Many … Continue reading Economy for Life in our Earth community

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La paz perenne con la naturaleza y la Madre Tierra

[Leonardo Boff] Uno de los legados más fecundos de Francisco de Asís, actualizado por Francisco de Roma, es la oración por la paz, tan urgente en los días actuales. El primer saludo que San Francisco dirigía a los que encontraba era desearles “Paz y Bien” que corresponde al Shalom bíblico. La paz que ansiaba no se restringía a las relaciones interpersonales y sociales. Buscaba una … Continue reading La paz perenne con la naturaleza y la Madre Tierra