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Dear Supporter,

As 2012 draws to a close, we thank you for your support of community and nature’s rights. It has been a busy year, and despite the End of Days predictions of the Mayan Calendar we’re already getting ready for an even busier 2013.

But before we jump into the New Year, we’re going to take a short break as we hope you all will — to rest, spend time with loved ones, laugh, eat too much and catch up on our reading — we’ve included a few staff suggestions for some good fireside books.

In this issue: 

  • Forget the Climate Summit—Battling climate change at home
  • Got property? A new look at protecting ecosystems. 
  • Give the Gift of Community Rights
  • Staff Picks: What we’re reading over the Holidays

The Alternatives to cool the planet come from below

As the next round of UN Climate talks (COP 18) are wrapping up in the oil-rich democracy-poor Persian Gulf state of Qatar, the real emphasis wasn’t on stemming the near-irreversible tide of human-induced climate change, but how to cash-in on it. Feeling more productive moving the rights-based work at home, Global Exchange did not go to Doha, but we’ve included some articles below that represent what’s at stake at COP 18. 


Organic Farmer protects farm with first-of-its-kind Rights of Nature easement

In Pennsylvania, an organic farmer publicly announced plans to create a first-in-the-nation rights of nature easement on his land that will ensure that activities like fracking can never take place on the property or in fact, near the property. Ever. 

As Farmer Cleghorn says, “I am imposing here a new protection that will make it impossible for the gas in the shale below us to be drilled because it cannot be done in a way that does not at the very least harm the ecosystems of the deep biosphere where the shale exists and certainly because it is done from the surface, it can harm the ecosystems at the surface, both through air and water pathways and we’re not going to let that happen.”

Got land? Learn more about this new model of protecting private property or land held in trust. Contact Shannon@globalexchange.org.


Take back the Holidays!

This season, how about giving a gift that puts communities over corporations? Give the Gift of Global Exchange membership with this Community Rights gift package and support the program that is providing a new legal and cultural framework to stand up to corporations.


What we’re reading over the Holidays

And finally here are some short reads and suggestions from Global Exchange staff for this Holiday break.


Thank you all for your commitment to change and for being part of the conversation and action to put the rights communities and nature above the privileges of corporations. Here’s to 2013 bringing us closer to the world we all want.  

For Community Rights,



Shannon Biggs
Director, Community Rights Program

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