It has been a whirlwind of activity since we launched, with our partners Council of Canadians and Fundacion Pachamama, the book The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. The book launched just in time for the first ever United Nations dialog on Rights of Nature. The emerging conversation around nature’s rights was elevated to a whole new level.
Introducing the United Nations all-day dialog was Bolivian Ambassador to the UN, Pablo Solón, who we are so proud to announce is our 2011 Human Rights Award International Honoree. Ambassador Solón is at the forefront of the movement to radically change the relationship between humankind and nature. He, along with Domestic Honoree Wilma Subra, and People’s Choice Honoree Javier Sicilia will be honored June 1 at our awards gala in San Francisco.
To catch up on the book launch, and the historic events at the UN (including Amb. Solón’s inspiring speech), check out Global Exchange's People-to-People blog. In particular, check out the Earth Day Op Ed written by Maude Barlow and me, which appeared in 20 US daily papers (including the Miami Herald and the Sacramento Bee), with a circulation of over 1.8 million readers! We also had a great interview on GRITtv with Laura Flanders. The book launch event in New York was attended by 450 people, and in San Francisco, although much smaller, was covered by 5 separate media outlets, even interestingly, FOX News. The book, with contributions from Vandana Shiva, Desmond Tutu, Maude Barlow and myself, among many others has sparked a whole new conversation that is just beginning.
In the book, Ambassador Solón writes:
We are facing a debate in the United Nations among those who believe we need to strengthen the capitalist logic as it relates to Nature, and others that suggest we should recognize Rights of Nature. … The future of humans and Nature depends on the path humanity chooses.
For more information about our 2011 Human Rights Awards Gala and the honorees, and to purchase tickets to the Gala, please visit www.humanrightsaward.org.
Don’t miss out on receiving your own copy of The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth! To order your copy and make a much-appreciated donation to Global Exchange, please visit our online action center or contact Kylie Nealis.
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Director, Community Rights