Environmental & human rights

Nature is continuously showing us the laws that govern her ways of being. As embodiments of nature our laws and her laws are the same. Nature is where we need to look for answers, nature inside and out. If we want to live, then we have to allow the tree to live. It is part of life on this planet, the same life that we are a part of. If we destroy it wherever and in whichever way, we destroy ourselves. Our environmental law and its implementation need to reflect that.
 
More and more people recognise this simple underlying truth – one which has always been clear to the indigenous peoples of this planet, and which used to be embodied by these peoples until systems of coercion and suppression took over. It is our responsibility to recognise the history of this planet and its peoples, and to find ways to realign what has been brought massively out of balance, in ways which are rooted in true justice. No one culture is better, or more advanced than another. No one form of life is of higher value than another. No animal or plant is worth less than us.
 

There is one underlying essence of life, a wisdom, a light, a music which we are all made of – every form of life on this planet. This music used to proliferate here. It took on a vast abundance of forms which all operate together in the same web, being part of the same song, effortlessly nourishing one-another. Diversity is not difference. Diversity is the wonder that this planet has to offer – the materialisation of the very same thing, the very same material in a myriad of forms. Laws which recognise this simple thing are the laws of our future. Such laws will truly protect life, including human life, and will truly ensure that our societies remain nourished and are taken care of well. They will ensure that all beings are seen for what they are. Take a look at the initiatives below for some inspiring ways in which we can protect life. You may also be interested in the blog posts Nigeria – A country is standing up for its human rights and True animal husbandry – looking for answers.

International Rivers

Africa, South Asia, South America

Protecting rivers & defending rights of river communities, children & environmentalists via research, network-building, campaigning support & legal work. Support of grassroots movements & local culturally embedded river stewardship. Embodying inclusivity & gender equity. Ending legacies of environmental injustice & demanding corporate accountability. Great info resources on website.

The Borneo Project

USA & Malaysian Borneo

Supporting locally initiated & community-led campaigns to defend forests, environmental & human rights. Facilitating mapping for ancestral land claims, supporting legal cases, negotiations, paralegal education, mobile legal aid clinics. Helped > 200 longhouse communities hold off destructive logging & industrial palm oil plantations carried out without consent, violating land & human rights. Supporting cultural survival, reforestation, organic gardening, indigenous education & visions such as Baram Peace Park. Bringing international attention to corporate violence. Linking local & global movements.

Shipibo Conibo Center

Peru, USA

Supporting self-determination, territorial sovereignty, visual arts, music incl. Amazonian hip-hop artists, ethnobotanical research & Shipibo Agroforestry Cooperative Koshicoop of & by Peru’s Shipibo Conibo people. Belief that indigenous identity belongs to a technologically-anchored, sustainable future. Led by 5 artists, filmmakers, activists & anthropologists. Commitment to core values of Shipibo ethics & protocols of conviviality, reciprocity, kinship. Decolonising art. Art made based on natural dyes, immersive Amazonian soundscapes etc.

River Network

Colorado, USA

Connecting & aligning > 8500 NGOs, agencies, indigenous groups & utilities, facilitating collaboration, creating community & increasing impact to protect & restore our waters. Reaffirming our right to affordable, clean water & healthy rivers. One-on-one mentoring, consulting, trainings, conferences, events. Committed to integrity, inclusiveness & openness to new knowledge. 1% for the Planet.

The Endangered Language Fund

Worldwide

Documenting & revitalising endangered languages through grants to individuals, tribes & museums. Work in > 60 countries. Development of indigenous radio programs, recording of last living speakers of indigenous languages, orthographies & literacy materials for endangered language teaching programs, language-sharing workshops involving games & art etc. Bringing together language activists, linguists, students & speakers of rare languages.

The Gaia Foundation

UK, Ireland, worldwide

Local, decentralised work rooted in long-term relationships with collaborating communities. Securing food & seed sovereignty. Ending extractivism. Helping indigenous communities reestablish their Earth connection previously broken by the loss, destruction & desecration of their lands & culture. Empowering communities by rebuilding confidence necessary to stand up for their rights. Guided by nature – translating nature’s laws into human legislation.

Survival International

Worldwide

Expose abuse of indigenous peoples in the name of conservation & profit incl. racism, genocide, slavery, factory schools etc.; secure indigenous rights, decolonise conservation, amplify & empower indigenous voices (Tribal Voice platform) – rooted in longstanding relationships with 100s indigenous communities. Protecting uncontacted tribes. Embodying diversity & inclusivity in every way. Incredible organisation.

Guide to decolonising conservation:

Amazon Frontlines

Ecuador, Colombia, Peru

Providing access to clean water via rain water collection in areas of oil pollution. Supported creation of indigenous-led Ceibo Alliance (https://www.alianzaceibo.org). Technical & operational support of Ceibo projects. Creation of international support networks for funding, access to technology & legal knowledge/representation. Supporting cultural re- & survival, indigenous autonomy, protection of indigenous lands. Environmental monitoring, mapping, youth programs, women empowerment programs.

Rainforest Foundation Norway

Norway, South America, DR Congo, Indonesia, PNG

Providing resources for advocacy & field work towards sustainable community-based forest management & policy change such that rights of indigenous peoples are recognised & rainforests preserved. Legal action, campaigning, pressuring of industry investors etc. Close collaboration with local organisations & national non-governmental networks.

Spaces for Change

Nigeria, W-Africa & worldwide

Outstanding Nigerian lawyer & team demanding accountability from local & international actors for intentionally created poverty & violence. Exposing & addressing key human rights violations via research, advocacy, training sessions, effective use of legal system. Changing norms on human rights in corporate business. Securing rights of NGOs. Urban governance, land theft, energy policy, gender inclusion. Community empowerment, capacity-building, youth engagement. Volunteer/internship programs.

Jérémie Gilbert – University of Roehampton

UK & worldwide

Legally including humans into the system of nature. Establishing international human rights systems which include all human beings equally. Developing legal frameworks which secure minority rights in relation to land, trade, constitutions & environment. Rights of nature research, consultancy & education across disciplines.

Sci-hub

Kazakhstan, Russia & worldwide

Providing free, unrestricted access to scientific knowledge for everyone; > 88 million research articles & books freely available for download. Disconnecting communication in science from the very inequitable financial system. Securing basic human rights related to access to information. Taking ownership over knowledge out of corporate hands. Sadly this website is blocked in some countries.

Alarme Phone Sahara

Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo, Morocco, Germany, Austria

Search & rescue operations for migrants esp. in northern Niger. Exposing human rights violations, crimes against migrants etc. Education of potential migrants about their rights, support structures, conditions & dangers in Sahel – facilitating informed decision-making. Protection of migrant rights. Activism towards equity, integrity, freedom to move or stay. Raising awareness of migration realities via reports, documentaries. Rooted in cooperation across borders.

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