Posts Tagged ‘ rights of nature ’

Coal and Business as Usual: Destroying the World’s Seventh Wonder

Feb 6th, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org It is the largest coral reef ecosystem on earth and one of the seven wonders of the natural world, but that isn’t enough to stop an effort to continue down the road of dirty fossil fuel energy. Last week, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMA) in Australia approved a
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Creating a Livable Planet: The Rights of Nature Movement

Feb 2nd, 2014 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org Corporations, law, and governments often operate as if nature is something only to be exploited for its abundant resources.  Little thought is given to what this might mean for the global ecosystem, let alone for future generations. In mid-January, the Global Alliance for Rights of Nature hosted a thought-provoking conference in
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Do Rivers Have Rights?

Dec 4th, 2013 | By
Ganges River at Rishikesh, Uttarkhand

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org For a river that is as venerated as the Ganges River (known as Ganga to Indians), it comes as a shock when people hear how polluted and imperiled the waterway is today. Roughly 3 billion liters of sewage is dumped into the river every day, and there is further contamination of
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Drilling to the End of the Earth: The Rights of Future Generations

Oct 15th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The government of Ecuador, after failing to convince wealthy, industrialized countries to pay to leave oil in the ground, has now reversed course and approved drilling in Yasuní National Park, located in the Amazon rainforest. The revolutionary plan was originally hailed in 2007 as a potential model for a more sustainable/less
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Is Humanity Above Nature or Part of Nature?

Sep 19th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org A recent op-ed in the New York Times titled Overpopulation is not the Problem takes an “interesting” position on the topic of population growth and the environment. The author, Erle C. Ellis, a geography professor and biologist by training, wrote, “The conditions that sustain humanity are not natural and never have
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World Oceans Day: The Need for Outside the Box Thinking to Protect Global Oceans

Jun 7th, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org World Oceans Day is June 8th, designated to raise global awareness on the state of oceans and the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with the oceans.  Given increasing global problems – especially climate change – the urgency of protecting oceans is imperative. Our Vital Oceans A few
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Koalas: The Canary in Australia’s Coal Mine?

May 8th, 2013 | By
Koalas under threat (photo: fanpop.com)

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org The news of late out of Australia has not been the most encouraging.   For starters, the country continues to mine coal at a rapid pace, upping its exports of the dirty fuel.  It is the world’s biggest coal exporter.  A recent report found that if the expected expansions of Australia’s
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Protect Elephants by Addressing Rights of People and Nature

Feb 22nd, 2013 | By
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By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org During that 15 minute coffee break you took this morning, somewhere across the ocean an elephant was killed.  It is estimated that every 15 minutes an elephant is slaughtered, about 40,000 annually. It makes you wonder how much longer wild elephants will roam the earth.  Because at this rate, with high
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Rhinos and Tigers and…Oh Wait, Let’s Limit Their Numbers

Feb 4th, 2013 | By
Nepaltigers

By Suzanne York, www.howmany.org A recent story on BBC News epitomizes some of the challenges for balancing conservation efforts and the needs of people. The news article of note addressed wildlife, endangered species, development, and population growth in Nepal. Titled Attacks Prompt Nepal to Cap Wildlife Growth, the BBC reports that “Officials in Nepal have
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Promoting the Rights of People and the Planet: Positive Approaches to Population Growth

Dec 19th, 2012 | By
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By HowMany.org Today, almost everywhere we turn, we are inundated with negativity about the state of our world. There is climate chaos, economic uncertainty, terrorism, inequality, environmental degradation, overcrowding, poverty; the list goes on and on. It can be overwhelming to think about global issues and global problems. However, they can’t be ignored, or if
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