“Unsustainable actions have affected the ecological processes and functions that keep our planet stable… violating the human rights of younger and future generations by taking away their opportunity to live in a healthy, stable living environment.”
—Leah Boecker, former intern, in her 2013 Essay ‘Sustainability and the Rights of Future Generations‘ [ARCHIVE]
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From a May 4, 2017 Press Release of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF):
Colombia Constitutional Court Finds Atrato River Possesses Rights
The Court Finds the Atrato Possesses Rights to “protection, conservation, maintenance and restoration” – Rights of Nature Movement Gaining Ground as Court Declares Need to Move Away from Legal Systems in which Humans are the “dominator of nature”
CELDF has been at the forefront of the Rights of Nature movement. The movement is gaining significant ground, with new laws advancing in the U.S., Nepal, and elsewhere. In Colombia, CELDF has been working with the indigenous Raizal people to advance rights. This work received a big boost from the new decision by Colombia’s Constitutional Court recognizing rights of the Atrato River.
“Stand Up and Speak Out!” Protest Demonstration in Horsham
Close the Drone Center Before It Is Activated
Last Saturdays, noon to 2pm
Protest Horsham Drone Command Center
(Outside the Reaper Drone Command Center
at theHorsham Air National Guard Station,
Easton & County Line Roads, Horsham PA)
10:45am: Carpool from Lehigh Valley
(From Hellertown Park & Ride, Silvex Rd
near intersection of Rte 412 & I-78, behind Wendy’s)
Please call LEPOCO at 610-691-8730 to sign up or with questions.
Interns use research & analysis to rethink the way we do things and raise awareness towards a more sustainable future as they gain hands-on experience developing solutions. Summer interns will focus on two main projects:
- Food sustainability for teachers – Food from the industrialized food system often harms our health, the environment, and the climate. We will develop ideas for teachers and a system for assessing food sustainability at school. (Fall internships available.)
- Law Enforcement and the Justice System – Why do we have so many questions about police officers killing unarmed civilians? Why does the prison system fail to help people return as productive members of society? Why do we ignore the many benefits of restorative approaches?
In January 2017, we published materials on Interdisciplinary Teaching on Climate & Sustainability. (see teach-climate.net). We are developing a new internship in Urban Ecology – Looking at cities from a holistic viewpoint that considers people & other living things, the built environment, and human institutions.
The View From Popular Resistance:
Daily Movement News & Resources
Resistance Report for movement building news, analysis, interviews and editorial commentary.
RESIST: Strategic direct action and civil disobedience such as strikes, sit-ins and occupations can expose injustice, slow down or stop harmful practices and win specific demands.
CREATE: Along with direct action and other forms of resistance, a successful movement must also build new institutions based on solidarity, justice and cooperation.
ORGANIZE: About creating sustainable, democratic organizations that empower its members while also protecting against disruption.
STRATEGIZE: Strategic nonviolence and links to organizations that provide training in nonviolent resistance, effective strategy and creative actions.
From Popular Resistance, 5/6/17:
Internet Freedom Is Fundamental, We Might Lose It
We must protect the free and open Internet again. Donald Trump appointed Ajit Pai, a commissioner who opposed Title II and net neutrality, to be chair of the FCC. Pai is a former Verizon lawyer who is representing the interests of ISP’s like Verizon and Comcast rather than the public interest. It is going to take another mass mobilization, probably larger than the last one, in order to protect net neutrality.
We started a campaign, Protect Our Internet, see the website and Facebook page (like the page and share it). We have already taken initial actions with our coalition partners, including protesting Ajit Pai when he spoke at the American Enterprise Institute. More is planned. Sign up on Protect Our Internet so you can be part of this campaign and click here to take action by sending Ajit Pai an email.