Honoring Mother Earth


Happy earth day to everyone! I hope that you’ve all found a small way to honor the amazing planet we live on today, and carry that mindfulness in your daily life year-round.  My conscious choice to honor earth today was to leave the lights off in my office all day, and to open the windows in my place and enjoy the fresh air rather than run the AC or heat.

I also wanted to share a special project/movement that I’ve learned about which may be instrumental in protecting the earth’s natural resources within the preexisting system of law and government that we have today.  It’s called the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature, an organization that has created a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Nature, which asserts that we are all a part of the earth and are irrevocably connected to it, and therefore that the earth and its natural resources should have the same rights and privileges that are afforded to other entities by law:

Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring that Nature has rights.  It is the recognition that trees, oceans, animals, mountains have rights just as human beings have rights. Rights of Nature is about balancing what is good for human beings against what is good for other species, what is good for the planet as a world.  It is the holistic recognition that all life, all ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined.

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.

And we – the people –  have the legal authority and responsibility to enforce these rights on behalf of ecosystems.  The ecosystem itself can be named as the defendent.

It’s a revolutionary idea, and the idea has actually been incorporated into the national Constitution of Ecuador.  Similar ideas are being incorporated into local government documents to protect the natural resources surrounding a handful of communities in the United States from corporate encroachers.  This work in the U.S. has been implemented by the local communities themselves with the help of the Community Environmental Defense Fund (CELDF).  The associate director gives an inspiring speech about their work in the 3-part talk below.

Organic gardening, of course, is a wonderful way to connect with, honor, and enjoy our earth year-round, which is one of the primary goals of Open Lotus Garden–to share our organic gardening experience, knowledge, and happiness with you!

Happy earth day! 🙂


About Ashley in Open Lotus Garden

Organic and biodynamic gardener, writer/editor, lover of nature, animals, and the world.
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1 Response to Honoring Mother Earth

  1. P'funk says:

    There are no rights of nature in NY/PENN. Fracking and Natural gas are king today. You see no frack signs in many yards in various communities but it doesn’t seem to be slowing anything down. Trout streams have been absorbing major hits and where people once had well water, today they have big plastic storage containers for water. Accidents are bad enough:



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