Monday, March 27, 2017

The Rights of Nature: Indigenous Philosophies Reframing Law | InterContinental Cry via Truthout


Cofan Indigenous leader Emergildo Criollo looks over an oil contaminated river near his home in northern Ecuador. (Photo: Caroline Bennett / Rainforest Action Network (flickr))

Indigenous battles to defend nature have taken to the streets, leading to powerful mobilizations like the gathering at Standing Rock. They have also taken to the courts, through the development of innovative legal ways of protecting nature. In Ecuador, Bolivia and New Zealand, indigenous activism has helped spur the creation of a novel legal phenomenon -- the idea that nature itself can have rights.
The 2008 constitution of Ecuador was the first national constitution to establish rights of nature. In this legal paradigm shift, nature changed from being held as property to a rights-bearing entity.
Rights are typically given to actors who can claim them -- humans -- but they have expanded especially in recent years to non-human entities such as corporations, animals and the natural environment.
The notion that nature has rights is a huge conceptual advance in protecting the Earth. Prior to this framework, an environmental lawsuit could only be filed if a personal human injury was proven in connection to the environment. This can be quite difficult. Under Ecuadorian law, people can now sue on the ecosystem's behalf, without it being connected to a direct human injury.
The Kichwa notion of "Sumak Kawsay" or "buen vivir" in Spanish translates roughly to good living in English. It expresses the idea of harmonious, balanced living among people and nature. The idea centers on living "well" rather than "better" and thus rejects the capitalist logic of increasing accumulation and material improvement. In that sense, this model provides an alternative to the model of development, by instead prioritizing living sustainably with Pachamama, the Andean goddess of mother earth. Nature is conceived as part of the social fabric of life, rather than a resource to be exploited or as a tool of production…

more: The Rights of Nature: Indigenous Philosophies Reframing Law
by Kiana Herold
January 6, 2017



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tell Bank CEOs to Defund Keystone XL - Rainforest Action Network | #DefundKXL #NoKXL




The Trump Administration has approved the final federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. But we still have a chance to stop Keystone XL — if we get 21 banks to drop TransCanada, the company behind this disastrous tar sands pipeline.
We need you to show banks that we won’t tolerate threats to clean water, clean air, and Indigenous rights. Sign this petition to tell banks to drop TransCanada and Keystone XL! #DefundKXL #NoKXL


SIGN NOW: Tell Bank CEOs to Defund Keystone XL - Rainforest Action Network



Thursday, March 23, 2017

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AGENDA for the next adminstration 2017-2021 (PDF)

DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
Defenders’ expectations for the incoming Trump administration’s environmental priorities.



A CALL TO ACTION

Defenders of Wildlife believes we all share a common interest in the protection of America’s spectacular wildlife and our great systems of public lands that offer endless opportunities for hiking, fishing, wildlife watching and other pursuits Americans value.

We will seek to work with the new administration to:
1. Protect and restore our endangered and threatened plants and wildlife.
2. Defend and responsibly manage our federal public lands.
3. Invest in responsible renewable energy development that minimizes impacts to wildlife.
4. Protect wildlife from the impacts of climate change.
5. Encourage initiatives by private landowners, states and tribes to conserve imperiled species and habitats.
6. Strengthen our role as an international leader in imperiled species conservation.
7. Help our youth and diverse and changing communities connect with our federal public lands and wildlife conservation heritage.
8. Maintain our commitment to conservation based on sound science.

These eight priorities are the core of the conservation agenda we propose to the next administration. Working together, we can prevent species extinction, safeguard and restore our wildlife and public lands and proudly uphold our conservation legacy for future generations.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Thousands of underground gas bulges, formed by thawing permafrost, set to 'explode' in Siberia





Local Siberian media has reported that the very ground that people stand on is moving under their feet in the arctic regions of Siberia. Scientists have discovered 7000 gas filled bubbles according to the Siberian Times.  These, bulges or 'bulgunyakh' in the local Yakut language, were originally discovered last year by researchers in Siberia's remote Bely Island. At that time only 15 of these bubbles had been identified, but a survey in the wider region of the Yamal and Gydan peninsulas has revealed the massive number of 7000 which some scientists fear may explode at any time.
There is startling photo evidence in the Siberian Times article that is worth your time to see…

READ: Thousands of underground gas bulges, formed by thawing permafrost, set to 'explode' in Siberia


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WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AGENDA for the next adminstration 2017-2021 (PDF)
Defenders’ expectations for the incoming Trump administration’s environmental priorities.

GO >> Current Action Alerts | Defenders of Wildlife


Sunday, February 26, 2017

#RESIST :: It Won't Take Long, Ferron




They said some men would be warriors and some men would be kings
And some men would be owners of land and other man-made things
And false love as the eternal flame would move some to think in
rings
And gold would be our power and other foolish things
But you who dream of liberty must not yourselves be fooled
Before you get to plea for freedom, you've agreed to being ruled
If the body stays a shackle then the mind remains a chain
That'll link you to a destiny whereby all good souls are slain
And it won't take long, it won't take too long at all
It won't take long, and you may say
"What has that got to do with me" and I say,
"You mean to tell me that's all?"
Of three men in a desert wandering, one is knowing and two are
scared
They say time is in the river, but the river is not there
Dry in spirit dry in body two will lend themselves to death
And in grief one weeps into his hands and drinks his bitter
tears
'Cause it don't take long, it don't take too long at all
It don't take long, and you may say,
"I don't know what you're talking about, " and I say
"You mean to tell me that's all?"
And as I stand before you now, I am hopeful in my rage
You know love has finally called for me, I will not wilt upon
its stage
But still smaller than my nightmare now do I print upon the page
Do we have to live inside its walls to identify the cage?
'Cause it takes so long, why does it take so long,
But it takes so long, and you may say,
"I don't really care what you're talking about, " and I say,
"Are you trying to say you don't belong?"
I am my mother's daughter, but I have seen myself in you
It's this blessing that I follow now, and so I must speak true
I dreamed of thousands dying, it was you and you and you,
And while the city sleeps so quietly there is something we must
do
And it won't take long, it won't take too long at all,
It won't take long, and you may say,
"I don't know if I want to know what you're getting at, "
And it makes we want to say, "So long."
Because grief will come in measures, only grief alone will know
And you'll see it on your family, on your own face it will grow
And they'll try to keep you hungry, then they'll tell you to eat
snow
You know pride can be a moving thing if we learn the strength of
"NO!"
And it won't take long, it won't take too long at all,
It won't take long, and you may say,
"I don't think this has anything to do with me, "
"But did you ever think you could be wrong?"
At noon on one day coming, human strength will fill the streets
Of every city on our planet, hear the sound of angry feet
With business freezed up in the harbour, the kings will pull
upon their
hair
And the banks will shudder to a halt, and the artists will be
there
'Cause it won't take long, it won't take too long at all,
It won't take long, and you may say,
"I don't think I can be a part of that, " and it makes me want to
say,
"Don't you want to see yourself that strong?"
Division between the peoples will disappear that honoured day
And though oceans lie between us, lifted candles light the way
Half will join their hands by moonlight, the rest under a rising
sun
As underneath the sun and moon, a ritual'd wailing has begun
And it won't take long, it won't take too long at all,
It won't take long, and you may say,
"I don't know how to be a part of what you're talking about, "
and it makes
me want to say, "Come on!"
And beware you sagging diplomats, for you will not hear one gun
And though our homes be torn and ransacked we will not be undone
For as we let ourselves be bought, we're going to let ourselves
be free
And if you think we stand alone, look again and you will see:
We are children in the rafters, we are babies in the park,
We are lovers at the movies, we are candles in the dark,
We are changes in the weather, we are snowflakes in July,
We are women grown together, we are men who easily cry,
We are words not quickly spoken, we're the deeper side of try,
We are dreamers in the making, we are not afraid of "Why?"

Written by Ferron Foisy • Copyright © BMG Rights Management US, LLC


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Golden Eagle :: "!!! an eagle was just in the giant oak by our patio … just as i posted the Oceti Sakowin Camp video" | Red Shouldered Hawks


whats more: "hawk chased the eagle" – inspired by this event




!!! an eagle was just in the giant oak by our patio - the hawks* which are nesting in a pine at the corner of the house had started calling. i looked out the window and saw a hawk landing in the tree, then noticed the gigantic eagle sitting about 40 feet away from my face. wow! ---- happened just as i posted the Oceti Sakowin Camp video (below) - I'll take it as a good sign. i will wander out back in a few minutes, but the hawks have now chased him/her off.



--- photos from Golden eagle - Wikipedia

* Red Shouldered Hawks – photos below

Honor The Earth's Oceti Sakowin Camp video –
"Armed police and military are now inside the Oceti Sakowin camp. Around 70 water protectors are still holding their ground."
wiki


(on Facebook) Robert Cherwink - !!! an eagle was just in the giant oak by our...

Golden Eagle –


The golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is one of the best-known birds of prey in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the most widely distributed species of eagle. Like all eagles, it belongs to the family Accipitridae. These birds are dark brown, with lighter golden-brown plumage on their napes. Immature eagles of this species typically have white on the tail and often have white markings on the wings. Golden eagles use their agility and speed combined with powerful feet and massive, sharp talons to snatch up a variety of prey (mainly hares, rabbits, marmots and other ground squirrels)…


Golden Eagles are widespread! – they are found across the entire Northern Hemisphere! - there are many subspeicies


Subadult, note white in tail (like i have seen here previously)


Red Shouldered Hawks –

The red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus) is a medium-sized hawk. Its breeding range spans eastern North America and along the coast of California and northern to northeastern-central Mexico. Red-shouldered hawks are permanent residents throughout most of their range, though northern birds do migrate, mostly to central Mexico. The main conservation threat to the widespread species is deforestation…