Pachamama Alliance: Ecuador grants rights to nature

What rights does nature have? In 1948, the UN defined our rights as humans. Sixty years later, in 2008, Ecuador is the first country to give nature rights in their constitution. The Pachamama Alliance is behind the change. Bill and Lynne Twist (author of ‘The Soul of Money’) founded Pachamama to support the Achuar people in preserving the Ecuador rain forests. The movement has now become global and encompasses the preservation of our planet. I was at the Pachamama’s fundraising lunch in San Francisco this week, which was also supported by many of the Transformational Leadership Council members. This followed my first experience of a Pachamama Symposium in October which Marcia Martin & Tahnee Wolf ran in Bali after our EBS.

The symposiums are now sweeping the world, run in cities globally by trained leaders, giving us a clear picture of what we’re doing to this planet, and what we can do to change, through an immersive, interactive,  multi-media experience. Attend one as soon as you can. Unlike Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth, which focuses more at the problem, the Symposium focuses at the cause and the specific solutions we can action now.

Here’s some immediate actions. Visit their site and watch the video, then provide your support. I joined Pachamama’s Stewardship Circle this week, and am pleased to say that XL Results Foundation will be supporting Pachamama and the global roll out of Symposiums. We’ll also be taking Lynn Twist and Marcia Martin on a World Tour in early 2009, so look out for the dates soon.