The Rights of Mother Earth campaign aims to create a grassroots movement to bring about a global recognition and acceptance of Rights of Nature. An essential step for achieving this is to introduce a system of jurisprudence that sees and treats Nature as a fundamental, rights bearing entity and not as mere property to be exploited at will.
In 2008, Ecuador became the first country to officially recognize the rights of nature in its constitution. In April 2010 the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth was proclaimed in Cochabamba, Bolivia at the World People's Conference on Climate Change and The Rights of Mother Earth, a diverse gathering of 35,000 people from 140 nations. In 2011 Bolivia introduced Rights of Nature through its Law of Mother Earth. In the United States, over 24 towns and cities have implemented rights of nature ordinances.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-23 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The Rights of Mother Earth campaign delivered almost 120,000 signatures and letters written by people from around the world, addressed to Heads of Nations and the UN General Assembly to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff. We intend to continue this campaign until we reach 1,000,000 signatures. For more information visit (http://www.rightsofmotherearth.com/).
Value Nature as a living being and say YES to Rights of Nature.
Today, Nature is treated as property under current law. Nature has no standing and therefore, cannot be represented directly in a court of law. Our call is for humans and corporations to value Nature as a living being, in all its life forms, with the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles rather than being seen as property - a resource to be consumed.
We are all part of Mother Earth, an indivisible, living community of interrelated forms. It is clearly evident that all forms of exploitation, abuse and contamination have caused great destruction to Mother Earth.
At the Earth Summit Rio+20, a delegation of Rights of Mother Earth has delivered to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, 116,758 individual signatures from 113 nations plus signatures of leaders from 189 organizations representing 644,042 people who support this call. These signatures were collected manually by friends around the world as well as on other petition sites. We are thankful to all those who signed thus far.
We are will continue to collect signatures until we reach one million and will present them to The United Nations again. With your support we will make the call for Rights of Nature until it is realized.
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