Articles of interest from past and current affairs.
The good news is that that Rights of Mother Earth is gaining momentum. Many nations have started to recognize and adopt Rights of Nature in one form or another. On this page we bring you some relevant articles both current and from the archives from around the globe:
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In the United States
On April 9 2013, the City Council of Santa Monica voted 7-0 to adopt the state’s first ever Bill of Rights for Sustainability, directing the city to “recognize the rights of people, natural communities and ecosystems to exist, regenerate and flourish.”
The Holy River Ganga, the Yamuna River as well as the Himalayan Gangotri and Yamunotri glaciers have been declared as living human entities by the High court of Uttarakhand.
The constitutional Court granted the Atrato River legal rights, which have also been extended to the Colombian Amazon region.
David Attenborough: Humans have overrun the world
David Attenborough has said humans have “overrun the planet” in a warning that the natural world is on the precipice of “disaster”.
Amazon chief says they're facing "genocide" - video
The Brazilian government has rejected $20 million in aid from G-7 leaders to fight the fires in the Amazon rainforest. CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez spoke with Tashka Yawanawa, chief of the indigenous Yawanawa people, about the threats they are facing in the region.
UN Climate Summit - increasing carbon reduction commitments
Dozens of small nations ramped up their commitments to cut carbon emissions at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. But the world's largest greenhouse gas polluters offered only silence...
(By Marianne Lavelle / insideclimatenews.org)