Rights Of Mother Earth

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Rights of Mother Earth is a Global Grassroots movement calling for the acceptance and implementation of Rights of Nature by the UN and all Nations.

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It started with the Rio+20/Earth Summit 2012 in Brazil 
and will continue until we reach 1,000,000 signatures.

Our Mission:

We ask the United Nations to adopt the Universal Declaration for Rights of Mother Earth and acknowledge Nature as a living being. We ask that the recognition of the Rights of Nature be included in the United Nations Climate Conference agreements. We ask all Nations to include Rights of Nature in their legal systems

Why are we doing this?

We are Nature, when Nature thrives we thrive. Global warming, water pollution, over-fishing, deforestation of jungles and forests, the mass extinction of animals and other species, are just some of the consequences that nature is suffering.
This is legal because nature is only an object under the law. This is why it’s impossible for us citizens to protect nature using the law. The laws that we have are not enough to meet the challenges of our times. The legal system gives rights only to humans and entities created by humans such as corporations. We need a change. Recognizing nature’s rights and incorporating those in the legal systems is  necessary for a sustainable future for all. 

The Campaign

  1. The Rights of Mother Earth Signature campaign began with the aim to collect One Million signatures and letters written by people from around the world, addressed to Heads of Nations and The UN General Assembly, with the requesting to accept and implement The Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.

  2. On June 21, 2012, the Rights of Mother Earth signature team attended a briefing with Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the UN at the Earth Summit Rio+20. We presented his staff with a beautiful document addressed to the Secretary-General documenting our Rights of Mother Earth signatures along with lovely scrolls from Vandana Shiva’s India campaign and the ecocide campaign. Our letter documents that as of June 20, 2012 we have collected 116,758 individual signatures from 113 nations plus signatures of leaders from 189 organizations representing 644,042 people who support this call.

  3. We are committed to continue gathering 1 million signatures for Rights of Nature/Rights of Mother Earth, keeping the conversation alive and planting seeds of embracing Rights of Mother Earth.

     

This is a celebration of people’s love, compassion and respect for our home Planet Mother Earth, a sensitive living being. We invite World Leaders, the UN and Corporations to join us on this path. Only together we can make it. Thank you.

 

Who We Are:

Co-Founders:

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Doris Ragettli, Switzerland:

Dpl. Environmental Consultant. 

Co-Founder of Rights Of Mother Earth with Robin Milam. 

1991-2004 co-accountable for The Hunger Project,Switzerland. 1991-1995 in charge of Youth Ending Hunger Switzerland. 1991 lead a successful grassroots campaign for the signing and implementation of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child by all nations, for Switzerland. 1994-2001 Co-founder of Cyclists Ending Hunger, lead 7 cross USA bicycle rides in support of poverty and hunger eradication programs. Since 1991 Flight Attendant for Swiss Intl. Airlines. 

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Robin Milam, USA:
Member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. My passion is my love of nature, the well-being of our planet, and transforming our relationship with ourselves and our planet.  Through The Pachamama Alliance, I lead life altering journeys to the remote, pristine rainforests of Ecuador. Participating in the 2010 People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Nature in Cochabamba, Bolivia ignited Rights of Nature is my life work.  I am proud to be co-founder with Doris of the Rights of Mother Earth campaign. I took our signature campaign and advocated for Rights of Nature at COP17 in Durban, South Africa.

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Maria Stergiou Zurich, Switzerland:

Co-founder of Rights of Mother Earth.
Maria holds a Masters of Advanced Studies in Art History, Linguistics and Anthropology from the Universities of Zurich and Basel and worked in different key positions as project leader and federal employee in the areas of art, culture and science. She was born and raised in Greece and lived since ever in multicultural locations.

“Our planet is the this tiny dot on the map of the universe. We are born on it. It nourishes us, and it is our home for a while. How come that we take that for granted? Can we get away with everything?

 

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Alexandra Koch, Country Director of The Hunger Project, Switzerland: 
www.hungerprojekt.ch
Co-founder of Rights of Mother Earth, Alexandra holds a Masters in Business and Economics from Basel and completed a Post-Master Certificate in International Business at Oakland University in Michigan, USA.
Prior to working with The Hunger Project, Alexandra was involved with product management, project management and group controlling at a large insurance company.

“THE RIGHTS OF MOTHER EARTH SHOULD BE MORE RESPECTED THAN THE RIGHTS OF CONTAMINATORS."

Translators:

 

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Mónica Alvarez Errecalde Mar del Plata, Argentina:
Spanish Translator

"Since I had the privilege of being born in a wonderful, caring and loving family I always feel the need of thanking and sharing, also because I am lucky for all the friends and opportunities I have.
Mother Nature is alive and provides us with all we need with immense generosity, in spite of humans lack of respect and consideration, that’s why I joined the Rights of Mother Earth campaign, to spread the word, help people take a stand, and try to make this world a better place to live in for us and the next generations"

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Christoph Meier, Geneva, Switzerland:

German translator

For the last thirty years liberalization has continuously reduced trade barriers as well as legal limitations and State controls on banks and multinational corporations. This has brought the financial system to the brink of collapse and unprecedented riches to a handful of individuals while the reste of the world struggles ever more and natural resources dwindle in a more and more polluted environment. It is high time to change our cours of action.

Christoph Meier was for a long time the in-house counsel of an important non-governmental organisation. He is now involved in bicycle business and advocacy.

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Maria Paula Lourinho, Lisboa, Portugal:
Portuguese Translator

"Earth is Paradise. Man has no right to change this, but the obligation to use his mental capacity to the Good and to restore the equilibrium he has taken away from Nature. By achieving this, Man can heal himself and allow all forms of Being to blossom in their entire magnificence.”

Consultants:

 

 

Gil Hilleard, Oxford, England:
Consultant

Gil graduated with a B.Sc. ((Hons) (Sociology) and later gained a M.Sc. (Organisational Psychology). Gil launched his own organisation development consultancy in 1987 and for 20 years he gained a reputation as an expert in group and inter-group facilitation, conflict resolution and change management. Gil is a Director of Leaders Lab (www.leaderslab.co.uk) Gil is passionate about enabling personal and group transformation.

Gil is also a Facilitator for the Awakening the Dreamer Symposium (www.pachamama.org/engage/symposium) a workshop that deepens understanding of sustainability, social justice and wellbeing issues around the world.