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Organizing for Community Rights

In this issue:

  • Read excerpts from the new book The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth
  • Pablo Solon - Bolivian Ambassador to the UN - celebrated for his work around Nature's Rights
  • Rights of Nature summer reading list
  • Upcoming San Francisco Demorracy School
  • What's new with Rights of Nature

Excerpts from The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth

The following is a 3-part series of chapters excerpted (on AlterNet) from the recently released book, The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration on the Rights of Mother Earth, co-developed by the Council of Canadians, Global Exchange and Fundacion Pachamama.

This revolutionary new book reveals the path of a movement that is driving the cultural and legal shift that is necessary to transform our human relationship with nature away from being property-based and towards a rights-based model of balance. The book gathers the wisdom of indigenous cultures, scientists, activists, small farmers, spiritual leaders and US communities who seek a different path for protecting nature by establishing Nature's Rights in law and culture. In addition to these excerpts, the book includes essays from Vandana Shiva, Desmond Tutu, Cormac Cullinan, Ambassador Pablo Solon, Martin Kohr, Thomas Goldtooth, Maude Barlow, Eduardo Galeano, Shannon Biggs, and others.

Book sales are going well and we have received requests for the book from all over the world. Copies are moving quickly and if you have not yet got yours make sure not to miss out. Please e-mail Kylie Nealis or contact her by phone at (415) 575-5551 to order a copy. The price of the book is $15/copy including U.S. shipping and handling, for international orders please add $7. Both check and mastercard/visa payment forms are accepted. 

Click on the links below to read the chapters on AlterNet:

For more information on the book and recent events surrounding the Universal Declaration of the rights of Mother Earth, check out the Global Exchange blog

Global Exchange honors the work of Pablo Solon, Bolivian Ambassador to the UN, around Nature's Rights

Global Exchange had a special opportunity on June 1st to have the Bolivian Ambassador to the UN, Pablo Solon, honored at our 9th annual Human Rights Award ceremony; as well as hosting a special strategy session with Ambassador Solon and a group of climate justice activists headed to the COP 17 conference in Durban in December 2011 around incorporating the Rights of Nature framework into the negotiations. Both events were a success and we are grateful that Ambassador Solon could join us for them.

Check out the following videos from the night of the Human Rights Awards; one which explores his work in the Rights of Nature movement up to date and the other of his acceptance speech.

Both videos can be found at the links below:

Rights of Nature Summer Reading List:

We have complied a short list of books that are worth a look at this summer that are related to Community and Nature’s rights:

Upcoming Democracy School

We will be hosting a Democracy School in San Francisco this fall, dates and location TBA. Please e-mail Kylie Nealis or contact her by phone at 415-575-5551 with any questions and look out for more information in our next e-newsletter.

What's new with Rights of Nature

Rights of Nature Strategy Summit

Global Exchange will be hosting a Rights of Nature strategy summit in mid-July for Climate Justice activists headed to the upcoming UN climate negotiations (COP 17) conference in Durban, South Africa in December 2011. We are convening this strategy summit to bring together environmental and climate justice leaders to deepen our mutual understanding of the emerging Rights of Nature framework, and explore how it might be applied to transform and enhance our current work.

Rights of Nature Reality Tour to Ecuador

Global Exchange is planning a 2012 Gaia Founder's Tour to Ecuador - Recognizing Rights in Ecuador: Communities and Nature from the Andes to the Amazon. The trip will take place January 13th - 22nd. Join us on an inspirational and unforgettable experience in Ecuador, and witness firsthand the revolutionary steps that Ecuador is taking to protect people and the planet. On the trip you will travel with Kevin Danaher, Global Exchange Co-Founder, green guru and Rights of Nature expert, and Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange Community Rights Program Director.

Sign up soon! Spaces on this unique delegation are limited and you don't want to miss out! To reserve your spot: Please e-mail Beth Garriott or contact her by phone at (415) 558-6939

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