Free Virtual Screening of “INVISIBLE HAND“

Please join us on Friday, July 16 at 6 pm for the free virtual screening of “INVISIBLE HAND” and afterwords for a community discussion at 7:45 pm during a Zoom Meeting with more information below.

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Password for viewing the documentary will be sent by email within one hour before screening.

From Executive Producer and award winning actor Mark Ruffalo comes the world’s first film about the Rights of Nature Movement and communities in the US and around the globe standing for their rights to clean air and water, health, safety, and for the rights of nature. A “paradigm shifting” story about the fate of nature, capitalism and democracy.

In the fall of 2014, for the first time in United States history, an ecosystem filed to defend itself in a lawsuit claiming its ‘right to exist’ in Grant Township, Pennsylvania. For attempting such a radical act, Grant’s rural community of 700 people were sued by a corporation, then by the state government, and are now locked in a battle to defend the watershed they call home through civil disobedience. The water they drink, the Rights to Nature laws they’ve passed are all on the line in this exclusive story.

In Toledo, Ohio an earth-shattering vote was passed to enact the Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR), granting personhood to international waters.

Half a continent away in Standing Rock, North Dakota, the same industry threatening Grant Twp. is using militarized force against indigenous tribes and allies fighting to protect Mother Earth.

Activists leaving Standing Rock are rejoined on the Pennsylvania and New York border where the Seneca Nation of Indians aligns with communities in the Triple Divide to stop radioactive fracking waste from entering Ohi:yo’ waters. Terry Pegula, owner of Buffalo Bills and Sabres, threatens to sue INVISIBLE HAND filmmakers and whoever continues to speak out about his oil and gas company and their efforts.

The four, Grant Township, Lake Erie Bill of Rights, Defend Oh:yo’ and Standing Rock, are joined in an international fight to protect more than just water. They fight for their community, democracy, and for Nature as a living entity unto itself.

In the end, “Who will speak for Nature?”

Post-screening community discussion starts July 16 at 7:45 pm. Please share with us your thoughts and your community problems.

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Community Rights to Clean Water

We invite you to meet two communities that stood for their right to clean water: Grant Township, Pennsylvania and Toledo, Ohio.

Photo above shows the Western Lake Erie harmful algal bloom from September 26, 2017. The scum shown here near downtown Toledo stretched all the way to Lake Ontario. This photo is from Landsat-8 (a NASA/USGS satellite), NOAA

In 2015, Grant voters adopted a new rights-based Home Rule Charter – a local constitution – and reinstating a court-overturned ban on injecting frack waste into the same ground from which they draw drinking water.

The Lake Erie Bill of Rights (LEBOR) made history when 61 percent of Toledo, Ohio, voters approved the groundbreaking law to establish legally enforceable rights for the 11th largest lake on Earth. Gaining national and international acclaim, it has helped accelerate the Rights of Nature movement that has seen other significant developments in Bangladesh, El Salvador, Mexico, New Hampshire, White Earth Band (Minnesota), Yurok tribe (California), and elsewhere in 2019.

Pesticides in Our Watersheds

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.

It is projected that the revenue of pesticide and other residential and agricultural chemical manufacturing in the U.S. will amount to approximately 13,9 billion U.S. Dollars by 2024. By buying those products, you support this corrupt industry with your dollars.

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Watershed Maps

Summary of Toxic Pesticide Spraying on Industrial Timber Plantations

For a healthier watershed, please use Eco-friendly Products and Practices when caring for your yard, garden and home, and share this important information with your family, friends and neighbours. Healthy watersheds and clean water are valuable resources. Watersheds supply us with drinking water.


Should Nature Have Rights?

Please share: This is an excellent podcast by the Climate One “Should nature have rights?”. Speakers at this event: Rebecca Tsosie, Regents professor of law, University of Arizona; Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin, attorney; Carol Van Strum, writer and activist. We welcome your feedback and thoughts.

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