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WECAN At The 2016 World Social Forum, Montreal

August 08, 2016

The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network will be on the ground during the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada, August 9-14, 2016.

The World Social Forum is the worlds largest, critical center of civil society and grassroots global movement building for those engaged in issues of social justice and human rights, decolonization, racial justice, and climate struggles and solutions, among others.

WECAN International is thrilled to be collaborating with diverse colleagues at the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature to present a roundtable and conference 'A World In Which Nature Has Rights' (Aug 11) and 'Rights of Nature Forum' (Aug 11) - and to be partnering with Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and Global Forest Coalition for a roundtable on 'Women for Climate Justice' (Aug 12).

Learn more about the World Social Forum here.

Learn more about events led by WECAN International and colleagues below.


A World in Which Nature Has Rights (Roundtable)

Aug 11, 2016  

9:00 - 11:30

Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon A (Local DS-2505)

320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal, QC, Canada

Is fracking a violation of the rights of nature? What about polluting the atmosphere, mountaintop removal, or mega-dams? In recent years the power of the global movement for Rights of Nature – recognizing legal standing for ecosystems – has been growing quickly, partly due to the popularity of local and international Rights of Nature tribunals. These dynamic tribunals allow a glimpse into the world of the near future, where ecosystems are no longer seen as property to be destroyed, but living systems with rights in a court of law. International Rights of Nature Tribunals in Ecuador, Peru and in France were held with the aim of exposing violations of the Earth and our communities, while simultaneously creating a new legal framework that respects and defends the inherent rights of Mother Earth. Join leading advocates of the Rights of Nature movement to explore this campaign to stop the commodification of nature and for a new earth jurisprudence.


Rights of Nature Forum (Conference)

Aug 11, 2016

13:00 - 15:30

Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon A (Local DE-1580)

1440, rue Sanguinet
Montréal, QC, Canada

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature is a worldwide network of individuals and organizations committed to transforming our human relationship with our planet.

Recognizing Rights of Nature is a ground breaking new legal structure that fundamentally changes the legal standing of ecosystems. Rather than treating nature as property under the law, rights of nature acknowledges that nature in all its life forms has the right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles.

The Global Alliance for the Rights Nature is committed to disseminate the ground-breaking, paradigm-changer idea of recognizing Nature as a subject of rights, and it is convinced of the importance of promoting Rights of Nature Tribunals that are a very efficient tool to communicate how the world will be a very different place if Rights of Nature where recognized and guaranteed. This forum will also serve to share the worldwide experiences of Rights of Nature recognition in countries like Ecuador, Bolivia, USA, New Zealand and others.


Women for Climate Justice (Roundtable)

Aug 12, 2016

13:00 - 15:30

 Université du Québec à Montréal – Pavillon DS (Local DS-2505)

320, rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Montréal, QC, Canada

This event will feature women leaders sharing analysis and experience in their struggles and solutions for climate justice. Presenters will discuss root causes of the climate crisis and present a diverse array of visions and strategies to shape a healthy and equitable world. This event is presented with the conviction that real forward movement towards climate justice depends on the full and equal participation of women at all stages of decision making and implementation, and that bold and transformative change will come from women mobilizing and taking action at all levels. Included in the discussion will be the intersectionality of gender and environment and colonialism and racism, as they are connected to patriarchy institutionalized across the globe. Presented by the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance (GGJA), and Global Forest Coalition.