Introduction by Andrew Hart for Rights of Mother Earth

Are there parallels to be drawn between the acceptance of climate change and the adoption and implementation of Rights of Nature?

Andrew Hart gives a brief overview to introduce a variety of articles on this contentious issue.

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change draws several parallels with the political manoeuvring and legal arguments surrounding Rights of Nature. Adopting and adapting new legislation via education, conference and reasoned argument is at the core of what we seek in the common desire to protect and extend the sustainability and integrity of Mother Earth itself. However, as with any grass-roots movement, there will not only be doubters, those willing to oppose and deny, but a compounded problem to the movement that those who do so are in positions of unique and consequential power. Those that have sustainable veto at their fingertips seem almost rife in the context of Climate Change. It is a subject all too often ‘miniaturised’ such that it can be simply denied. “Climate change? Don't believe it myself.”

The willingness by certain factions, most notably the President of The United States, Mr Donald Trump, to literally gainsay Climate Change raises some questions as to how the movement towards Rights of Nature and Rights of Mother Earth might be 'interfered' with in the coming years.

Here are some news items following and relevant to the Paris Agreement talks:

Hawking says Trump's climate stance could damage Earth

The late Stephen Hawking said that US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement could lead to irreversible climate change. See the video here

Climate change threatens centuries old Indigenous cultures and traditions

Climate change will have a devastating impact on millions of people, threatening housing and agriculture. But it carries a terrible cost in terms of culture and tradition too. The young journalists and photographers working with CLIMATE TRACKER hope to capture something of these cultures before they are lost for ever. See the full article here.
© The Ecologist

Indigenous knowledge essential to tackling climate change

Traditional skills and knowledge should be seen as a complement, not a barrier, to scientific knowledge and climate adaptation efforts, say experts. 
Yet another explanation by various scientific voices that indigenous knowledge has a leading role to take. Something we are already well aware of but this article is a timely and worthwhile reminder. Read it here.
© News Trust

Climate change: 11 things you need to know

To confront climate change — a threat facing our entire planet — people everywhere must take part in practical, affordable solutions. We’re already seeing the effects of climate change, but thankfully, we’re equipped with the most effective tool to mitigate and adapt to it: nature. Protecting nature today means a better planet for future generations. Share these facts about climate change and help make a difference: See the full article here.
© Conservation International

Paris Agreement

The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. Read the 'Climate Action' page in full here.
© The European Commision


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