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Welcome to Rights of Mother Earth

April 2018

Our main goal is to collect 1,000,000 signatures from people around the world, asking the UN to adopt the Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth, just like we have the Human Rights Declaration. The declaration shall serve as an aspiring document, for the next steps of each Nation to include Nature in the national legal systems as a rights bearing entity. We have already handed over the first part of the signatures to the UN Secretary General Bank-Ki Moon at the Earth Summit Rio+20. We will hand them over to the UN again in December of this year for the 70th anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration asking the UN to adopt a Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth as a key document, besides the Human Rights Declaration. 

Your help in getting to our target of 1,000,000 signatures is vital, if you would like to help by getting involved in collecting signatures, please sign our online petition on the right side of this page, and you can also download paper petitions, which you can access here. You can also find details of how you can get involved in other useful ways through various organizations here.

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Hello and welcome everybody to our April edition,

Dear friends

Spring is sprung! The months are really starting to go quickly as we move towards our goal of 1 million signatures for our petition. Please do sign and also share with your friends to help us reach this momentous milestone.

This month we are delighted to welcome Valérie Cabanes as a guest contributor to our home page. 

Valérie is a lawyer in international law with expertise in international humanitarian law and human rights. She spent 18 years leading international programs in the fields of health and human rights and here she offers us an insight into 'Living In Harmony With Nature'.

 With love, Doris 

 photo of this month's editor, Doris

Living in harmony with Nature

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If our capacity to be conscious of ourselves has led us, insidiously, to imagine ourselves as external to reality, then this individual consciousness will have to move - not towards a group consciousness, an experience that we already know and often oppose - but rather towards a universal consciousness in which everyone accepts to be a mere note in this great symphony of life and, beyond that, the cosmos. Wile staying rooted to the the ground.

Our consciousness and knowledge of life, our ability to admire and understand it, should have taught us how to honor it for what it is. We must learn to see life as a whole and if we had only one role to play, it would be the role of protectors.

Faced with the perils that threaten us, we must open ourselves to tolerance and solidarity. We can not just hope for it, we must also embody it. The philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti explains it differently: “Revolution must begin with you and me. That revolution, that individual transformation, can take place only when we understand relationship, which is the process of self-knowledge.”

And this can only be done by a deep awareness of the principle of interdependence that binds us all, which binds us to the Earth and all other living beings. We should embody a deeply egalitarian worldview in the sense that everyone is recognized in his vital function and everyone knows that he or she is necessary to others.

If, like the hummingbird, each of us can intervene to extinguish the great fire, it is as well essential to connect us in order to act in a universal way. It is the "synchronicity" of our actions that will bring about change. The more we act in synchronicity, the more we will have confidence in our collective capacities, the more we will be able to act as a great wave. Moreover, by putting our energy at the service of life and not by particular interests, we should feel much more in alignment with ourselves and with the universe. If our individual consciousness awakens, it nourishes and transforms our collective unconscious, which Jung and Schopenhauer have called the "Unus Mundus". Man, when he thinks himself, also thinks the world and becomes it.

The Persian philosopher Rumi summed it up simply "You are not a drop of water in the ocean, you are the whole ocean in a drop of water." This holistic thought is common to many spiritual traditions and finds its source in the wisdom of the indigenous peoples. It has allowed them to find their rightful place and live for millennia in harmony with nature. Per example, in New Caledonia which is still under French sovereignty, the Kanak community of the Loyalty Islands, their customary chiefs and the elected representatives of the community have recognized  in their environmental code adopted in April 2016 the "unitary principle of life" (Art. 110-3), according to which "man belongs to the Natural environment that surrounds it and conceives its identity in the elements of this natural environment which constitutes the founding principle of the Kanak society ". "For the Kanak, there is no difference between man and his environment. He is the Sea, the Earth. “They are now reflecting on the elements of nature that could be granted with a legal personality. A path towards a Universal recognition of the rights of Mother Earth.

 Valérie Cabanes