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Rights of Nature: Youth Summit

idea by mdevlin1209
Rights of Nature: Youth Summit

Website

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http://www.globalexchange.org/

Overview of Idea

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Should a river have the right to flow? Do trees have the right to grow? What does it mean to give nature rights and what would our world look like if we did? We work with communities to pass laws that assert their rights over corporations and recognize rights for nature. Start the youth movement.

The Specifics: What will the $5,000 fund?

The youth summit will be held in Nevada City at the Woolman School, a nonprofit dedicated to peace, justice and sustainability. We will start the summit with team-building exercises at the on-site ropes course. Through experiential learning, youth will participate in a combination of interactive exercises to explore the concepts of community and nature’s rights, law and democracy. Sessions will incorporate learning pieces of rights-based organizing, the ideas behind Rights of Nature and what the movement looks like currently. Youth will lead discussions on how they can use Rights of Nature as a tool for protecting their local environments. All expenses for meals, lodging and transportation will be covered during the 1-2 day summit.

Discussion
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This is an idea that needs nurturing, a new paradigm that we need to feed and water, even though it may take a long time to get established. This is a terrific place to start! WE have no other choice but to begin.

by Heidi Swets
over 2 years ago | Reply

Thank you Heidi, To see the power of youth voices, please see this video of First Nations 11-year old Ta'Kaiya who captured the voice of the People at the UN Earth Summit last weeK: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2012/06/rio20-protest-takaya-11-rips-apart-un.html

by shannon.biggs.92
about 2 years ago | Reply

You have my vote. If the foot print of man was removed from the planet , perhaps it would only take about 20 years for all evidence of his existence to disappear completely. Since we all love our amazing and forgiving home, let's rally around this incredible idea.

by AngelGloria09
over 2 years ago | Reply

thank you AngelGloria09!

by shannon.biggs.92
about 2 years ago | Reply

As Lorax. I speak for the trees, I speak for the trees, I speak for the river, I speak for the birds.... NO more commodification of the nature!!!

by JorgePez
about 2 years ago | Reply

You have my vote. If the foot print of man was removed from the planet , perhaps it would only take about 20 years for all evidence of his existence to disappear completely. Since we all love our amazing and forgiving home, let's rally around this incredible idea.

by AngelGloria09
over 2 years ago | Reply

Rights of Nature will help youth guarantee a future of sustainable development that respects nature, rather than exploits it for market-based financial benefits. Spread the word to help start the youth movement!

by mdevlin1209
over 2 years ago | Reply

This is a great movement and so relevant to important issues today that our youth are facing. They are the present and need to be change makers of the present in order to sustain the social change that we need!! Great work Global Exchange- Kylie Nealis and Shannon Biggs!

by didavey
over 2 years ago | Reply

That's exactly the idea! Today’s youth must bear the future consequences of our current approaches to protecting and conserving the planet’s resources. They have a unique potential to be strong advocates for nature’s well-being and view their interactions with nature through the rights-based framework that is necessary to ensure earth’s survival. With this outlook, youth can guarantee the sustainability of their own futures.

by mdevlin1209
over 2 years ago | Reply

Good idea.

by jeffco
over 2 years ago | Reply

IF CORPORATIONS HAVE RIGHTS HOW CAN THE EARTH NOT?!!?

by terry miller
over 2 years ago | Reply

if corporations have rights how can the earth not!

by terry miller
over 2 years ago | Reply

This is such a great idea! How can we register/apply for the summit?

by megan.griffin3
over 2 years ago | Reply

Hi Megan, you can e-mail me kylie@globalexchange.org about the summit and I will put you on our list of people who are interested. I work as the associate on the Community Rights Program at Global Exchange. Looking forward to hearing from you!

by kylie.nealis
over 2 years ago | Reply

Megan, thanks for your enthusiasm and interest in participating! If you also encourage all your friends to sign up and spread the word by sharing this link, we can make this proposal a reality. This summit will help all those who want to lead the change for a future where we use our democratic power to assert our rights and those of nature as well as protect our environment in order to guarantee a sustainable living and existence for all.

by mdevlin1209
over 2 years ago | Reply

The Rights of Nature movement is working with people and communities around the world to recognize legal rights for Nature and to create a cultural shift where nature is not considered solely as propoerty- but as a system of natural law which humans must live in balance with! Young people are our only hope for a sustainable future, let's empower them with the tools to become advocates for nature's rights in their own communities and move this vision forward in their own unique ways!

by kylie.nealis
over 2 years ago | Reply

A brilliant group of young people who give me great hope for our future!

We support this event and proposal whole heartedly!

Robin Milam
The Global Alliance for Rights of Nature

http://therightsofnature.org

by rmilam
over 2 years ago | Reply

Robin, thank you so much for your support in helping Global Exchange kickstart the next phase of climate justice activism with a youth movement for earth rights. Please send our thanks and equal support to everyone at Global Alliance and encourage them to join you, too!

by mdevlin1209
over 2 years ago | Reply

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$5,000
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Submission Began
Thursday, May 10

Submission Ended
Friday, June 08
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Voting Began
Friday, June 08

Voting Ended
Friday, June 29
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Winner Announced
Tuesday, July 03

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