National Catholic Reporter

The Independent News Source

Rights of Nature alliance holds Ecuador summit

 |  Eco Catholic

Beginning Monday, key leaders of the emergent "rights of nature" movement are holding an international summit in Quito, Ecuador. Adrian Dominican Sr. Elise Garcia will provide updates to NCR’s Eco Catholic blog while attending the summit, which aims "to devise a unified global strategy for advancing the Rights of Nature movement around the world," according to a press release. 

The summit of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature began in 2010 as a vehicle to recognize that humans are one part of an interdependent community of life on earth, and have a responsibility to recognize the right of nature to exist, persist, evolve and regenerate. The rights of nature movement aims to shift consciousness away from a legal system that views nature as property for human use and consumption. 

 “A 40-year regime of environmental laws in the United States and other industrial nations has failed to protect against the escalating ravages evident around the world, including decimated species, depleted forest reserves, water shortages, and record-breaking hurricanes," said Robin R. Milam, administrative director of the global alliance, in a Jan. 9 press statement highlighting the summit.

Garcia will provide updates as members of the summit analyze the experiences of communities in Ecuador, Bolivia and the United States that have already implanted rights of nature laws, and devise a unified global strategy for advancing the rights of nature movement around the world.

The summit concludes Friday with a public simulated tribunal modeling how to adjudicate the rights of nature in courts of law. Key rights of nature cases will be heard, including the Chevron/Texaco case in Ecuador, the oil exploitation of Yasuni-ITT in Ecuador’s rainforest and the destruction of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

email-graphic.jpgThe latest news... right to your inbox. Sign up for NCR email alerts.

[Colleen Dunne is an NCR Bertelsen intern. Her email address is cdunne@ncronline.org.]

Editor's Note: The National Catholic Reporter is embarking on a groundbreaking project to give greater voice to sisters around the world. To learn more about this project or sign up for email alerts visit, http://ncronline.org/sisters.

NCR Comment code: (Comments can be found below)

Before you can post a comment, you must verify your email address at Disqus.com/verify.
Comments from unverified email addresses will be deleted.

  • Be respectful. Do not attack the writer. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the original idea will be deleted. NCR reserves the right to close comment threads when discussions are no longer productive.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report abuse" button. Once a comment has been flagged, an NCR staff member will investigate.

For more detailed guidelines, visit our User Guidelines page.

For help on how to post a comment, visit our reference page.

 

Feature-flag_GSR2.jpg

NCR Email Alerts

 

In This Issue

April 11-24, 2014

04-11-2014.jpg

Not all of our content is online. Subscribe to receive all the news and features you won't find anywhere else.