Earth Day 22nd of April - & the Rights of Nature & Our Planet

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Tim Lynch

Responding to widespread environmental degradation, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day, to be held on April 22, 1970.

Over 20 million people participated that year, and Earth Day is now observed on April 22nd each year by more than 500 million people and several national governments in 175 countries. For reasons unknown, it seems to slip past us in New Zealand - yet we need to acknowledge our great sustainer!

In reality EARTH Day is a decentralized, grassroots effort in which each community shapes their action around local concerns.

With our great sustainer Gaia, Mother Earth under assault by unconscious governments, locked stepped with multinational corporations, the imperative for Earth citizens (meaning you) from the grass roots-up, is to make our voice, vote and financial choices count as we consciously choose on behalf of ours and our children's future.

Never before as we see in Japan today, (Fukushima) where we remain on the brink, have we so much responsibility towards our collective future. With climate change accelerating, we find fewer and fewer people at the top of the pyramid actively controlling our lives, yet our future instead, has to be modelled from the grass roots up with community sharing, caring and co-operating to shape our common destiny.

Regrettably, here in NZ our Government(s) have no idea whatsoever, of what sustains them and their families, regrettably they have zero 'conscious connection' to the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat - that all that sustains them, comes from the magnificent ecological life support systems of our home planet, Mother Earth Gaia, Papatuanuku - truly it's beyond them. 

And yet it is Bolivia and Ecuador two developing countries in South America, who today lead the World - not New Zealand!

Bolivia's Mother of all Laws Enshrines Rights of Nature

LA PAZ: Bolivia is set to pass the world's first laws granting nature equal rights to humans. The Law of Mother Earth, now agreed by politicians and grassroots social groups, redefines the country's rich mineral deposits as ''blessings'' and is expected to bring radical new conservation and social measures to reduce pollution and control industry.

The country, which has been pilloried by the US and Britain in the United Nations climate talks for demanding steep carbon emission cuts, will establish 11 new rights for nature.

They include:

  • the right to life and to exist
  • the right to continue vital cycles and processes free from human alteration
  • the right to pure water and clean air
  • the right to balance
  • the right not to be polluted
  • and the right to not have cellular structure modified or genetically altered.

Controversially, it will also enshrine the right of nature ''to not be affected by mega-infrastructure and development projects that affect the balance of ecosystems and the local inhabitant communities''.

"It makes world history. Earth is the mother of all", said the Vice-President, Alvaro Garcia Linera.

The law has been heavily influenced by a resurgent indigenous Andean spiritual worldview, which places the environment and the earth deity known as the Pachamama at the centre of all life. Humans are considered equal to all other entities.

Bolivia has long suffered from serious environmental problems from the mining of tin, silver, gold and other raw materials.

John Vidal  April 12, 2011  Guardian News Media

So we have very little to zero leadership coming from the neo liberal regime that is presently ensconced here and governing NZ. They have no idea that they are actively stealing our children and grandchildren's future, by ignoring nature.


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Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch, is a New Zealander, who is fortunate in that he has whakapapa, or a bloodline that connects him to the Aotearoan Maori. He has been involved as an activist for over 40 years - within the ecological, educational, holistic, metaphysical, spiritual & nuclear free movements. He sees the urgency of the full spectrum challenges that are coming to meet us, and is putting his whole life into being an advocate for todays and tomorrows children. 'To Mobilise Consciousness.'