By Ron Hart, Nov 6, 2016
Want a system of climate and economic justice? Here is how to get it.
- Legislate the Right to a Healthy Environment
- Adopt the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth
- Adopt the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Honour the Treaties. Policy must be based on science and respect the rights of future generations.
- Property laws to protect the people and planet first. Make stewardship the number one priority superseding ownership
- Re-characterize Nature as a rights-bearing subject of law to counterbalance corporate rights
- Prosecute Canadian and transnational corporations complicit in human rights violations in Canadian courts.
- Embed the Rights of Nature into legal systems.
- To make law, test the Rights of Nature in the courts
- Establish local self-governments’ democratic right to say no to corporate projects in their communities that do not respect the rights of nature
- Use law to hold a discourse about the kind of society we want.
- Create an Ombudsman for Future Generations.
- Make Ecocide the fifth crime against peace at the International Criminal Court by modifying the Rome Statute.
- Take government to court for its failure to meet its climate commitments.
Signposts on the road to green rights
These signposts on the road to green rights are outlined in an outstanding book by Silver Donald Cameron, Warrior Lawyers.
Cameron presents 15 interviews of trail-blazing lawyers who are dramatically changing society to one based on our duty of care for the Earth and one another.
This is above all a book that delivers hope. This is a book that draws the links between all those fighting for economic and climate justice. Here are brilliant lawyers saying, this is how we can do it! Change the laws to change the game.
Buy, borrow, or steal the book. It is truly inspiring.
Polly Higgins advocates for law that creates a legal duty of care by putting people and planet first. Cameron interviews Polly Higgins, Earth’s lawyer, and asks her, “You’ve talked about ‘internal ecocides’. That’s a fascinating concept. Tell me about internal ecocides.”
Well it’s my term for the patterns of harm that play out in our own lives, our own ways of being, and how we can actually set in place cycles that take us to a place that does not serve our best interests. Negative belief patterns, you know? I’m not good enough. Who am I? I cna’t stand up and speak out. It closes us down. It disempowers us. These are our inner ecocides, these patterns of harm that prevent us from moving onwards and forwards and actually stepping into our own greatness, if you will.
I’m very interested in how we disrupt our own inner ecocides. It’s not about allowing those thoughts to come to use a little less; it’s about actually saying, Enough. No more. I’m not having it–just as we do with ecocide law. This is about self-governance. How do we choose to govern our own lives? How do we choose to govern ourselves, our very being which is then reflected out into or doing?
Enough! No more!
So let’s say, Enough! No more! Let’s join the fight to save Mother Earth. There is what Cameron calls, “a coming together around a whole constellation of issues and approaches, arising from a shared and growing global consciousness. “ Let’s join that community.
It’s time to get involved!