Recently the GARN (Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature) organization met in Italy to get input on the “constitution” they are proposing. I was part of this…even though I wasn’t in Italy. Dang it. I didn’t know about the event until the day before it happened. However, I did tune in via ZOOM and my cell phone.
As I’ve previously mentioned, my attention is slowly fading from actively publishing to adopting the Rights of Nature movement. This is quite a challenge since there is no established “HUB” for the Rights of Nature here in North America even though GARN said there was. No matter. I decided to start my own ‘hub.” I hoped this attempt would be more successful than the “JUST ONE THING” movement my staff and I tried half-assedly to launch.
“Saving Our Oceans” was my biggest attempt to promote the Rights of Nature and I got so discouraged I took the book out of circulation.
So imagine my excitement when I quite by accident flipped the TV channel a week ago and landed on a 60 Minutes segment that was doing a feature piece on a fantastic movement in Montana designed to “return nature to nature.” The American Prairie organization is buying property as it becomes available to foster the return of bison, deer, bears, wolves – basically all animals – that used to roam freely in the area by “rewilding” the area. Their intent is to have a space of land that is 5000 square miles in size…roughly 3.2 million acres.
The organization is working with “Nonprofits, Indigenous Communities, neighbors, local communities, federal and state land managers and prairie enthusiasts from around the globe.” I urge you to check this out. Https://www.AmericanPrairie.org
However, after I mailed my check to American Prairie, I came to realize that I have in fact been very involved in the Rights of Nature movement – I just wasn’t really conscious of it until the American Prairie had my attention. I have always thought of the Rights of Nature movement requiring shovels and hardhats and planting trees and fending off helicopters from chasing wild horses and things like that. Maybe getting arrested for defending prairie dogs.
For starters, the Save Our Wild Salmon Alliance has long held my attention, interest, and donations. I also write letters to officials as requested basically asking them to get off their asses and do something helpful for the diminishing native king salmon population.
I went to the effort to become a Certified Marine Naturalist to work with the Whale Museum (and whales). I have also closely followed and donated to the NRDC (Nature Resource Defense Counsel). And I’ve promoted the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDEF) which is an organization that helps communities take on big biz and the govt. to stop developments that destroy natural resources and nature in general. I just never thought of these activities as being a type of Rights of Nature activity. So now I don’t feel like I’m just spinning my wheels anymore!
Basically, while there may be no official “hub” for the Rights of Nature yet in North America, I can see that a lot of people besides me actually care and support the Rights of Nature movement but just don’t know that’s what they’re doing.