Rights of Nature Webinar by CELDF on Ecuador

On June 30, 4 pm PST Community Environmental Legal Defence Fund (CELDF) will hold a webinar “Putting Our Heads in the Clouds: Landmark Decision in Ecuador Points to Protection over Exploitation”.

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“This past November, Ecuador’s Constitutional Court ruled in favor of the Los Cedros Cloud Forest ecosystem and local communities’ rights over the rights of a foreign mining corporation. Truly a seminal case for legal rights of nature, the court addressed the regulatory permitting process, the precautionary principle, biodiversity, community input into the decision-making process, and how human rights to clean water and a healthy environment are completely tied to the rights of the ecosystem and nature.”

Legal Rights for Ecosystems Workshop and Video

Rights of Nature (RON) is a simple concept and dates at least half a century back. Including in local and national legislations the legal right to exist, flourish and regenerate is a foundation for protection of ecosystems – such as the Salish Sea and its watershed – from abuse, unlimited extraction, destruction, toxic contamination and extinction.

Human communities are parts of ecosystems. Healthier ecosystems mean healthier communities. Please share this information with your family, friends, neighbors and community.

Title of the RON Workshop by CELDF: “Emancipating Nature: Securing Legal Rights for Ecosystems”.

Facebook Recording

Zoom Recording Passcode: HazvL0@L

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RON Timeline

Pesticide Spraying 2022 and Safety Workshop

Please share: On May 26 at 7 pm, Gold Bar Community Rights (GBCR) will host an online information workshop about pesticide spraying 2022 on local industrial tree plantations in the Skykomish River Watershed and safety for residents and communities.

We will discuss spraying practices, chemicals, documents, drift and what we can do to have a safer and healthier community and ecosystem.

Agenda and Resources

Web Post @sccr2017.org

Facebook Event @sccr2017

Instagram Post @sccr2017

NextDoor Post

The Poison Papers

Events

Online Democracy School by the Community Environmental Legal Defence Fund (CELDF) – October 2022

Rights of Nature (RON) Workshop by CELDF

Please share: On June 9 at 6 pm, Snohomish County Community Rights (SCCR) will host an online Rights of Nature (RON) workshop by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) “Emancipating Nature: Securing Legal Rights for Ecosystems”.

Facebook Recording

Zoom Recording Passcode: HazvL0@L

The workshop will cover the following:

  • What is rights of nature?
  • Where did it come from?
  • Current status and highlight moments
  • The good, the bad, and the ugly – the need to protect rights of nature principles
  • The horizon for rights of nature laws

More Information

Web Post @sccr2017.org

Facebook Event @sccr2017

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Online Democracy School by the Community Environmental Legal Defence Fund (CELDF) – October 2022

Topic: Rights of Nature (RON) Workshop by CELDF “Emancipating Nature: Securing legal rights for ecosystems”

Time: Jun 9, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Kids Are the Most Sensitive to Toxics

Please share: pregnant women, babies and young children are the most sensitive to toxic chemicals for home, lawn and yard care. So are pets, domestic animals and wild life. Pesticides drift in air and water contaminating entire watersheds and neighborhoods.

We encourage you to check labels and use alternative methods for healthier family, community, ecosystem and watershed.

Eco-friendly Products and Practices

Pesticide Factsheets

Rights of Nature Law and Policy

Work on including Rights of Nature in constitutions, national statutes, and local laws has been done internationally for decades. This article has a comprehensive list of events.

“Rights of Nature Law and Policy”, Harmony with Nature United Nations

“The law has seen the beginning of an evolution toward recognition of the inherent rights of Nature to exist, thrive and evolve. This evolving legal approach acknowledges that the traditional environmental regulatory systems generally described herein regard nature as property to be used for human benefit, rather than a rights-bearing partner with which humanity has co-evolved.

Rights of Nature is grounded in the recognition that humankind and Nature share a fundamental, non-anthropocentric relationship given our shared existence on this planet, and it creates guidance for actions that respect this relationship.

Legal provisions recognizing the Rights of Nature, sometimes referred to as Earth Jurisprudence, include constitutions, national statutes, and local laws. In addition, new policies, guidelines and resolutions are increasingly pointing to the need for a legal approach that recognizes the rights of the Earth to well-being. Furthermore, educational activities on the rights of Nature are on the increase in the professional and public spheres to advance Earth Jurisprudence worldwide.”

“The UN General Assembly has widely acknowledged that the world’s depletion of natural resources and rapid environmental degradation are the result of unsustainable consumption and production patterns which have led to adverse consequences for both the Earth and the health and overall well-being of humanity. The scientific community has well documented evidence that our present way of life, in particular our consumption and production patterns, has severely affected the Earth’s carrying capacity.”

Rocky the Eco-dog

This is Rocky the eco-dog. Rocky does not like animal abuse, trash and toxic chemicals.

Rocky was twice at an emergency vet clinic after toxic sprays near his home. Pesticides drift in air and water and contaminate entire watersheds and neighborhoods.

Please reduce, reuse, recycle and use alternative methods for pesticides and other home, yard and lawn chemicals.

Eco-friendly Products and Practices

For Your Yard, Garden and Home

Please share: Spring is here! For your yard, garden and home, it is best to use alternative and eco-friendly methods and products. So that you, your family, community, and watershed are more healthy.

We should be more careful and thoughtful what we use around us. Look at the labels and check ingredients. Chemicals can drift in air and water and contaminate downwind and downstream neighborhoods and watersheds.

Eco-friendly Products and Practices

The Poison Papers

Plans to mine Ecuador forest violate rights of nature, court rules

Ecuador’s highest court has ruled that plans to mine for copper and gold in a protected cloud forest are unconstitutional and violate the rights of nature.

In a landmark ruling, the constitutional court of Ecuador decided that mining permits issued in Los Cedros, a protected area in the north-west of the country, would harm the biodiversity of the forest, which is home to spectacled bears, endangered frogs, dozens of rare orchid species and the brown-headed spider monkey, one of the world’s rarest primates.

The ruling by Ecuador’s highest court, published on Wednesday, upheld the rights of nature, which are enshrined in the country’s constitution, and said they applied across the whole country, not just to protected areas.

“Plans to mine Ecuador forest violate rights of nature, court rules”, The Guardian 12-2-2021

Photo by Rifqi Ramadhan on Pexels.com

Environmental Grief, Ecocide and the Rights of Nature

On November 12, 6 pm at the SCCR quarterly meeting, Dr. Kriss Kevorkian will have a presentation “Environmental Grief, Ecocide and the Rights of Nature”.

Dr. Kevorkian will discuss how her research in environmental grief led her to discover the healing that comes with taking action to save our Mother. This unique form of grief is as much a paradigm shift in mental health as the rights of Nature are in the law.

We will broadcast this meeting live on Zoom.

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Virtual Democracy School by CELDF in October 2021

On October 9, 10 and 16, 17 at 10 am-12:30 pm, Snohomish County Community Rights (SCCR) will host the Virtual Democracy School by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF).

Please share this event and information with your family, friends, neighbors and community.

Democracy School is a stimulating and illuminating virtual course that teaches residents and activists an empowering new approach about how to reframe exhausting and often discouraging single-issue work – such as banning pesticides, halting overdevelopment, protecting water and watersheds, and addressing climate change – in a way that we can confront corporate control and government interference on a powerful front: the people’s right of local self-governance and Nature’s rights.

Educating yourself and your community is one of the most powerful steps toward change you can make.

Module 1: Where We Are Now – Exposing Intentional Barriers to Community Self-Determination
Saturday, Oct 9, 2021, from 10 am – 12:30 pm PT

Module 2: How Did We Get Here? The Power of Property
Sunday, Oct 10, 2021, from 10 am – 12:30 pm PT

Module 3: How We Could Make Change – Asserting Rights
Saturday, Oct 16, 2021, from 10 am – 12:30 pm PT

Module 4: Where We Could End Up – Building a Movement for Real Change
Sunday, Oct 17, 2021 from 10am – 12:30pm PST

Cost: $50 – includes all 4 modules.


Future event:

A Workshop by the Community Environmental Legal Defence Fund (CELDF)

“Preemption as a Lethal Weapon: How Corporations and Government are Deliberately Destroying Communities and Nature”

September 9, 6:30 pm

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Past event:

Presentation“Watershed Health through Understanding: an Overview of Physical Processes and Interconnectivity Within Drainage Basins”

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September 9 at 6:30 pm, Preemption Workshop by CELDF

“Preemption as a Lethal Weapon: How Corporations and Government are Deliberately Destroying Communities and Nature”.

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Please share this event and information with your family, friends, neighbors and community.

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Preempt means to take action to counter another action from happening. Massive use of toxics, mega-destruction of watersheds, rapid climate change, traffic nightmare, and overdevelopment are just some of the issues whereby preemption laws have been put in place, at the behest of corporate interests, by the federal and state governments to stop local communities from taking action to protect their quality of life. These laws work to deny local self-determination and democracy in order to benefit economic pursuits.

This 90-minute workshop/discussion session conducted by Kai Huschke, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), will tackle the issue of the legal doctrine of preemption, how widespread it is, the impacts to communities and nature, and what is being done to counter this powerful force.

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Future event:

Virtual Democracy School by the Community Environmental Legal Defence Fund (CELDF)

October 9-10 and 16-17, 10 am – 12:30 pm PST

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Facebook post


Past event:

Presentation “Watershed Health through Understanding: an Overview of Physical Processes and Interconnectivity Within Drainage Basins”

Facebook recording

Once Again Industry and Government Failed Ethics

Ethics – moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity. (Oxford Languages)

Morality – principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior. (Oxford Languages)

“‘Historic Win’: CHD Wins Case Against FCC on Safety Guidelines for 5G and Wireless”, the Defender 8-13-2021

The Poison Papers

“Out of control: a growing area of high hazard clearcuts and plantations are fueling BC’s raging forest infernos”, Focus on Victoria 8-11-2021

“Effects of a Lack of Ethics on a Business Environment”, Chron 3-11-2019

Photo courtesy of WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

August 13, 6 pm SCCR Quarterly Zoom Meeting and Presentation

We are inviting you to join us for the SCCR quarterly Zoom meeting / presentation and learn more about watersheds of the Snohomish County, their protection, rehabilitation and importance for drinking water, ecosystems and climate.

Presentation title: “Watershed Health through Understanding: an Overview of Physical Processes and Interconnectivity Within Drainage Basins”

We will also share safety tips and have updates about alternatives to toxics for the yard and lawn care, as well as information about ground/aerial pesticide sprays on public lands and private industrial tree plantations in Snohomish County.

Maps of Watersheds

Please share this post and our Facebook event with your family, friends, neighbors and community.

Alternatives to toxic chemicals for yard and lawn

What to do before, during and after toxic spraying

2021 DNR NW ground sprays in our watersheds

2021 aerial spraying by Weyerhaeuser in Snohomish County


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2021 DNR NW Ground Sprays in Our Watersheds

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2021 Aerial Spraying by Wyerhaeuser in Snohomish County

Starting July 19, 2021 DNR Northwest Region is spraying public lands in the watersheds of Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom Counties with commercial products that have Glyphosate and Imazapyr for site preparation before replanting clearcuts. Toxics are regulated by the corrupted EPA and WA State Department of Agriculture.

The Poison Papers

“Whistleblowers Expose Corruption in EPA Chemical Safety Office”, The Intercept 8-2-2021

Only focused grassroots civic engagement and action can save our watersheds from consistent toxic contamination and destruction. Communities are powerful. Contact info2017sccr@gmail.com for information on how we can save our water and watersheds from toxic floods.

DNR Silviculture Contracts

DNR Contract # 1941, Site Prep Ground Herbicide and Maps

What to do before, during and after toxic aerial spraying

Watershed Maps

Photo courtesy of Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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