September 30, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Frustration over campaigns’ silence on climate change
READ EVAN LEHMANN’S 9/28/12 ARTICLE IN CLIMATE WIRE
September 9, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Where it all started anyway, well before someone got the bright idea of bestowing the honor on that lifeless creature of our own making . . .
Written by Stephen Messenger
From the dawn of history, and in cultures throughout the world, humans have been prone to imbue Earth’s life-giving rivers with qualities of life itself — a fitting tribute, no doubt, to the wellsprings upon which our past (and present) civilizations so heavily rely. But while modern thought has come to regard these essential waterways more clinically over the centuries, that might all be changing once again.
Meet the Whanganui. You might call it a river, but in the eyes of the law, it has the standings of a person.
In a landmark case for the Rights of Nature, officials in New Zealand recently granted the Whanganui, the nation’s third-longest river, with legal personhood “in the same way a company is, which will give it rights and interests”. The decision follows a long court battle for the river’s personhood initiated by the Whanganui River iwi, an indigenous community with strong cultural ties to the waterway.
Under the settlement, the river is regarded as a protected entity, under an arrangement in which representatives from both the iwi and the national government will serve as legal custodians towards the Whanganui’s best interests.
“Today’s agreement which recognises the status of the river as Te Awa Tupua (an integrated, living whole) and the inextricable relationship of iwi with the river is a major step towards the resolution of the historical grievances of Whanganui iwi and is important nationally,” says New Zealand’s Minister for Treaty for Waitangi Negotiations, Christopher Finlayson.
“Whanganui Iwi also recognise the value others place on the river and wanted to ensure that all stakeholders and the river community as a whole are actively engaged in developing the long-term future of the river and ensuring its wellbeing,” says Finlayson.
Although this is likely the first time a single river has been granted such a distinction under the law, chances are it’s not the last. In 2008, Ecuador passed similar ruling giving its forests, lakes, and waterways rights on par with humans in order to ensure their protection from harmful practices.
And, while it may seem an odd extension of rights, in many ways it harkens back to a time when mankind’s fate was more readily acknowledged as being intertwined with that of the rivers, lakes, and streams that sustained us — a time in which our purer instincts towards preserving nature needn’t be dictated by legislation.
This post was originally published by TreeHugger.
July 28, 2012 § Leave a Comment
We pause to deeply connect with our home
pax christi florida’s spring 2012 retreat led by sister paula gonzalez-
wide-awake energized, long-time activist for our mother
proffered solutions revolve around THE EARTH CHARTER -globally given, universally inclusive, action poised.
we thank our gracious hosts at dayspring episcopal conference center on the north bank of the manatee river just outside bradenton on florida’s gulf coast, “a sacred place . . . to enrich & empower all people in christ.” its pristine 92-acre nature preserve filled us with inspiration & gratitude for the gift of our planet.
all scenes included in this video were given to my lens at dayspring except for sunrise photos from the other side of central florida outside sanford, on the south shore of lake monroe along my regular bike loop.
June 26, 2012 § Leave a Comment
“SIDE AGREEMENTS PITCHED AS THE REAL MEAT BEHIND EARTH SUMMIT”
- E&E News, june 22, 2012 by colin sullivan
June 20, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Will there be an opening for us ???
A. it’s not complicated, world leaders
but take a look at what’s ahead if you continue to shutter your windows . . .
B. JOHN VIDAL IN THE GUARDIAN looks at this summit next to its 1992 predecessor
- a not exactly flattering comparison
C. A BRIGHTER VIEW of vision, cooperation, and transformation
D. OFFICIAL UN SITE, RIO+20
. . . believe your own eyes ?
. . . ready to act on what you see ?
May 25, 2012 § Leave a Comment
You make life more beautiful
~ thich nhat hanh
May 22, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Beyond the big, bad corporation
May 16, 2012 § Leave a Comment
May 6, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Exposing deniers as the dying corp deperados they are
for the rest of us it’s abundantly clear: together’s found our strength & hope
thank you bill & co!