Women's Earth & Climate Action Network, International
The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network is a solutions-based, multi-faceted effort established to engage women worldwide to take action as powerful stakeholders in climate change and sustainability solutions. For Our Earth and Future Generations A project of Women's Earth and Climate Caucus and its partner eraGlobal Alliance


Rights of Nature and Systemic Change in Climate Solutions

September 23rd 2014, 2:15-3 pm

 UN Church Center, New York City 

 Presented in partnership with the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

After decades of environmental protection laws, our modern legal systems have failed to prevent the increasingly grave threats of climate change, degradation of earth’s ecosystems, and the growing displacement of humans and other species. To achieve sustainability even at its most basic level, the time has come for society to restructure the fundamental framework of our governance and economics systems as they relate to the relationship of humans and our Earth.

A growing Rights of Nature movement is committed to creating a system of jurisprudence that treats nature and Mother Earth as a rights bearing entity. Rooted in traditional indigenous wisdom, which respects the equal rights of nature and honors the interrelationship of all life, a new paradigm founded in the notion of living in harmony with nature is critical to climate discussions, sustainability goals,  and a just transition to a clean energy economy.

Panelists will provide an introduction to Rights of Nature/Rights of Mother Earth and discuss: past and upcoming International Rights of Nature Ethics Tribunals, Rights of Nature and the new economy and as a key alternative to market-mechanism “solutions”, and at a local level, what Rights of Nature can do to protect your community from fracking and other harms.


  • Gloria Ushigua, Associaiton of Sapara Women, Sapara, Ecuador

  • Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environment Network

  • Linda Sheehan, Earth Law Center

  • Shannon Biggs, Global Exchange

  • Casey Camp-Horinek, Actress, Indigenous Environment Network

  • Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network

This event is free and open to the public, however, due to security in this part of the city registration is required.

Once you register, you will receive an invitation that you will need to have in hand along with ID to attend the event. The event starts at 2:15, however attendees will need to meet at 1:45 to be ushered into the Church Center of the United Nations. Please meet at East 44th and 2nd Streets at 1:45 to meet the usher for this event. Space is limited and seating will be on a first come first serve basis. Thank you for your patience.