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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.”
The Los Cedros decision by the Constitutional Court of Ecuador in English and Spanish
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”.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.