Climate Change Case – Quito

Rights of Nature Tribunal
Quito, Ecuador – January 2014

Climate Change: Systemic violation of the Rights of Mother Earth

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climate change impactThe affects of climate change our planet is experiencing includes:

•  Increased levels of the ocean
•  Acidification of the ocean
•  Loss of biodiversity
•  Affects on the water cycle
•  Desertification of land
•  Forest fires
•  Increase in extreme events

This increasing systemic violation has occurred with an increase in the average temperature of 0.85 ° C between 1880 -2012.

What will happen if the temperature increases more than 2 ° C?  

“A third of the population of animals and more than half of the plants on Earth could disappear.”

Violations to the Rights of Mother Earth:
•  Right to life and to exist
•  Right to be respected
•  Right to regenerate its bio-capacity and to continue its vital cycles and processes free from human alteration
•  Right to maintain its identity and integrity as differentiated beings, self-regulated and interrelated
•  Right to water as a life
•  Right to clean air
•  The right to comprehensive health
•  Right to be free of contamination
•  Right not to be genetically altered and amended its law structure to full and prompt restoration

We need a new system of harmony between human beings and Mother Earth that replace the capitalist system of infinite growth for the accumulation of capital.

Presented by Pablo Solon, Focus on the Global South, Thailand and former UN Ambassador for Bolivia

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Pablo Solon – Focus on the Global South

Pablo Solon is Executive Director of Focus on the Global South. He was the former Bolivian ambassador, under the Evo Morales government, to the United Nations. As ambassador to the UN, he became known as a tireless advocate for the rights of nature; he delivered the now famous speech explaining why Bolivia chose to “stand alone” by not signing the Cancun climate agreement in 2010. Before holding this post, he had been a social activist involved in indigenous movements, workers’ unions, student associations, human rights and cultural organizations in his native Bolivia. He is also extensively involved in the global justice movement.

Pablo Solón es director ejecutivo de Focus on the Global South. Él fue el ex embajador de Bolivia, bajo el gobierno de Evo Morales, a las Naciones Unidas. Como embajador ante la ONU, se hizo conocido como un incansable defensor de los derechos de la naturaleza, sino que pronunció el ahora famoso discurso explicando por qué Bolivia optó por “independiente” al no firmar el acuerdo sobre el clima de Cancún en 2010. Antes de la celebración de este post, que había sido un activista social que participan en los movimientos indígenas, sindicatos de trabajadores, asociaciones estudiantiles, de derechos humanos y organizaciones culturales en su natal Bolivia. También participa ampliamente en el movimiento por la justicia global.