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In this issue:
  • Report-back from Rio+20
  • Upcoming events this summer
  • Fresh, organic, veggies come to Global Exchange
  • Colorado citizens seek to pass statewide bill of rights

Report-back from Rio+20

With over 50,000 accredited participants registered, Rio+20 was the largest gathering in the history of the UN. And yet, despite the participation of heads of state officials, experts, media, corporate titans and tens of thousands of civil society representatives, the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit was a tragic, if predictable, failure.

Get an insider's report on the Rio+20 conference from Community Rights Program Director, Shannon Biggs who was in Brazil advocating for Rights of Nature with fellow allies and to launch our latest report, Rights of Nature: Planting the Seeds of Real Change, which directly challenges Rio+20’s ‘Green Economy’ capitalism and presents a rights-based alternative for protecting the environment.

The “Rights of Nature” report is now available for download online.

To order and purchase a hard copy for $10, please contact me at (415) 575-5551.

Read our other blog posts from Rio

Join us for these upcoming events!

Pachamama Alliance invites Shannon Biggs to speak on the REAL Rio+20 : July 10th 7-9pm at the Peña Pachamama Center in SF

Come learn what really happened — and didn’t happen — in Rio, as Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange’s Community Rights Program Director, provides an insider’s perspective on the discussions held to influence the agenda at Rio, and the impact of those deliberations.

Come early for organic appetizers and entrees, starting at 6:00pm. RSVP to the event.

Rights of Nature Presentation in San Rafael, CA

Shannon Biggs will be presenting at a community meeting on July 18th at 7pm (location TBA) organized by the Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association in San Rafael, CA, next month. If you live in the area and want to find out more, visit their website.

Organic, Local Veggies Come To Global Exchange!

Thanks to Jamie Lee, an organic farmer from Mendocino County that the Community Rights Program has been working with, Global Exchange has received a generous 22-week share of vegetable donations for all staff and interns to enjoy this summer!

Read more about the CSA model
as well as Fair Trade and organic foods, and to view pictures of staff getting their green on.

Colorado citizens propose a statewide bill of rights

In partnership with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) Colorado citizens have joined Pennsylvania and New Hampshire in moving toward a statewide bill of rights. Stay tuned for more information and visit CELDF's website.


Kylie Nealis
Program Associate, Community Rights

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