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

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

¿Que pasó con los derechos de la Madre Tierra?

Entrevista realizada a Pablo Solón por Alda ¿Que son los Derechos de la Madre Tierra? Los Derechos de la Madre Tierra son un llamado a superar el dominante paradigma antropocéntrico e imaginar una nueva sociedad de equilibrio en la Tierra. Los Derechos de la Madre Tierra están aun en proceso de construcción y son el resultado de la convergencia de diferentes corrientes de pensamiento, entre … Continue reading ¿Que pasó con los derechos de la Madre Tierra?

Rights of Nature: FAQs

[celdf on: http://celdf.org/rights-of-nature-frequently-asked-questions] What do we mean when we say that nature should have rights? Under the current system of law in almost every country, nature is considered to be property, a treatment which confers upon the property owner the right to destroy ecosystems and nature on that property. When we talk about the “rights of nature,” it means recognizing that ecosystems and natural communities are … Continue reading Rights of Nature: FAQs

Catching the Power of the Wind

A Statement of the Occasion of the Thirtieth Anniversary of the United Nations at the Spiritual Summit Conference V October 24, 1975 Published in Evening Thoughts San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 2006 Thomas Berry On this thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations we wish to indicate to you our esteem for the work you have accomplished. For thirty years this body has … Continue reading Catching the Power of the Wind

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

Earth Democracy: Ten Principles of Justice, Sustainability and Peace

[Vandana Shiva] 1. Ecological Democracy – Democracy of all life We are all members of the Earth community. We all have the duty to protect the rights and welfare of all species and all people. No humans have the right to encroach on the ecological space of other species and other people, or treat them with cruelty and violence. 2. Intrinsic worth of all Species … Continue reading Earth Democracy: Ten Principles of Justice, Sustainability and Peace

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

Matricidio del Estado patriarcal

[Raúl Prada Alcoreza, 25 de julio de 2013] Evaluación de la “Ley marco de la Madre Tierra y desarrollo integral para vivir bien” La primera pregunta que se nos viene es: ¿Por qué una Ley de la Madre Tierra y Desarrollo Integral para el Vivir Bien? Por lo menos hay tres conceptos que darían lugar a tres leyes distintas, de las cuales no son congruentes … Continue reading Matricidio del Estado patriarcal

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

Everlasting peace with nature and with Mother Earth

[Leonardo Boff, 20 April 2014 ] One of the more fertile legacies of Francis of Assisi, actualized by Francis of Rome, is the Prayer for Peace, which is so urgent at the present. Saint Francis initially greeted those he saw by wishing them, “Peace and Good,” which corresponds to the Biblical Shalom. The peace he longed for was not limited to interpersonal and social relations. … Continue reading Everlasting peace with nature and with Mother Earth