Some Good News on Earth Day
Today is Earth Day, and there is actually some good news on the environmental front. Our board chair Maude Barlow has a new op-ed in several U.S. newspapers this week recognizing how cities, municipalities, and even nations are increasingly recognizing the rights of ecosystems to exist and thrive. Recognizing the rights of nature can be a tool for stopping the kind of development that destroys local ecosystems and the communities that depend on them.
As Maude points out:
- Pittsburgh became the first major U.S. city to legally recognize the rights of nature, stopping gas shale drilling by elevating the rights of communities and nature above the interests of the natural gas industry.
- Canadian communities are considering how legally recognizing rights for nature can stop the privatization of their public water systems and stop devastating tar sands development there.
- In 2008, Ecuador became the first nation to rewrite its constitution to includes rights for nature.
- This year, Bolivia is set to pass 11 laws recognizing the rights of Mother Earth.