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.
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.
Only focused grassroots civic engagement and action can save our watersheds from consistent toxic contamination and destruction. Communities are powerful. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how we can save our water and watersheds from toxic floods.
This summer and fall, Weyerhaeuser Corporation is planning toxic aerial sprays in the watersheds of the Skykomish and Stillaguamish Rivers covering 102 and 288 acres withGlyphosate, Imazapyr, and/or Atrazine and many other ingredients. Sprays can take place any time. Please contact Weyerhaeuser for dates and times of sprays and your other comments and requests 360-424-2014, email@example.com.
Forest Practice Application (FPA) for aerial pesticide sprays is valid for 3 years. Sprays can take place any time during those 3 years from the date of approval and may occur multiple times. Ground sprays do not require permits by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) or notifications.
FPA # 2918090 (288 acres, watershed of the Stillaguamish River) and FPA # 2818091 (102 acres, watershed of the Skykomish River) by Weyerhaeuser.
In the Snohomish County and beyond, pesticides are used for residential, timber and agricultural applications. These toxic synthetic chemicals detrimentally affect our watersheds, water, ecosystems, salmon habitat, the Salish Sea, people and climate. Young children and pregnant women are the most sensitive to toxics.
Of 400 pesticides used in residential, timber and agricultural settings across the U.S. watersheds, Glyphosate, Atrazine and 2.4-D are the most popular and have been sprayed for many decades. About 280 million pounds of Glyphosate are used annually only for agriculture, according to an analysis of data estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey. This means that Glyphosate and other pesticides are commonly found in non-organic and even in organic food.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Washington State Department of Agriculture regulate use of chemicals.
Clean water and healthy watersheds are highly valuable resources that need deeper consideration and active protection from toxic contamination and destruction. Quality of water and watersheds reflects quality of life. Only focused grassroots civic engagement and action can save our watersheds from consistent toxic contamination and destruction.
2,4-D was a part of Agent Orange. Among 400 other pesticides, it has been for a long time and is nowadays the second after Glyphosate most widely used ingredient in the agriculture, tree plantations and consumer herbicide products. According to the EPA, current annual domestic 2,4-D usage is approximately 46 million pounds, with 30 million pounds (66%) used by agriculture and 16 million pounds (34%) used in non-agriculture settings.
The inspiring and enraging film follows women-led resistance to the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam war, and its use in Oregon, following the war. The viewer witnesses intimate behind-the-scenes access to grassroots resistance in Oregon and Vietnam and gut-wrenching first-person accounts of sacrifice and resolve.
The Oregon protagonist, Carol Van Strum, has supported lawmaking efforts in Lincoln County to ban aerial spraying and recognize rights of ecosystems. This work has led her to become the human spokesperson for the Siletz River watershed in active litigation coming out of a challenge to the aerial spray ban Lincoln County enacted in 2017. That law successfully banned aerial pesticide spraying for over two years.