Urgent, Sign-On to Support the Rights of Mother Earth in the Rio+20 Negotiations!!!

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Urgent, Sign-On to Support the Rights of Mother Earth in the Rio+20 Negotiations!!! Robert Pollard 4/26/12 11:12 AM
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From: Anil Nadoo an...@canadians.org

Dear Friends,

For the first time ‘Mother Earth’ has appeared in the Rio+20 negotiation text!

This represents a potential shift in the negotiations which have thus
far been weighted dramatically towards the economic over the
environment… but we must act quickly and strongly to support this

Please circulate this request widely!

Last night the G77 proposed language referencing Mother Earth and the
interdependence between Human Beings, other living species and the
planet we inhabit.

There is, however, a big debate within the G77 on just how far to go
with these concepts, under the section on Harmony with Nature.

This is a critical moment in these negotiations as governments are
deleting, bracketing or integrating items and our voice needs to be
heard as civil society and social movements. Much of the debate is
happening behind closed doors in sessions between blocks like the EU
or the G77 and this is where decisions are made to retain elements or
remove them.

If we want the Rights of Mother Earth and these broader concepts to
appear in the text, we must move quickly and show that we support this
initiative by the G77!

This is a message that must be heard by all G77 Member States, and by
all UN Member States, before the Harmony with Nature section is again
negotiated in a few days.

I am asking you to sign the following statement to support ] putting
forward concepts and frameworks that put human-centered activities in
the larger context of Mother Earth and the environmental systems we
must protect.

This is probably the most important step we can take to counter the
narrow and dangerous focus of the false Green Economy that is based on
markets, pricing, commodification and financialisation of nature;
completely without respect or regard for Mother Earth!

We must protect human rights, the Rio Principles and other safeguards
in the negotiating text, but going beyond a focus solely on people and
narrow economic interest is critical.

If no voice speaks for nature in these negotiations, then we are
leaving future generations and Mother Earth completely vulnerable;
Rio+20 must be the moment for a bold new vision of our common future
and it must include the Rights of Mother Earth!

If you agree, please sign the following statement by Sunday April
29th, we will fax in signature before the negotiations begin again on
Monday April 30th.

Send your name, organization and country to an...@canadians.org

In solidarity,

Anil Naidoo
Blue Planet Project
Council of Canadians

From the Rio+20 Negotiations in New York, April 24, 2012


Dear Ambassador,

We, the undersigned representatives of civil society organizations and
social movements,

Encouraged by the vision of the G77 to include the concept of Mother
Earth in the Rio+20 negotiations,

Commend this step as a sign of commitment to a just and sustainable
future for people, all species and for our Mother Earth,

Request that all UN Member States work vigorously to retain and expand
the sections on the Rights of Mother Earth and Harmony with Nature,

Ambassador, Rio+20 is the moment to define ‘The Future We Want’ and
that future must include the Rights of Mother Earth as well as
safeguards for people and nature, especially in the context of an
ill-defined Green Economy.

We therefore call upon you to continue to respect your obligations to
Human Rights, the Rio Principles, Equity and to support further
efforts to defend Mother Earth!