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Honoring Earth Day 2010 Cochamba, Bolivia

What a place to be on Earth Day 2010!

The sweet powerful energy of the gathering of an estimated 35,000 peoples from 149 nations crossing all economic boundaries was rejuvenating. Even now, back home the experience feeds my hope for our world.  Earth Day 2010 was the closing day of a “people’s conference” which could well launch a new paradigm for our planet. 

A love and honoring of Pacha Mama - an indigenous concept of Mother Earth that encompasses all elements of our universe – is the common thread that connects our hearts. Regardless of the words prepared, in our hearts we share a deep honoring of Mother Earth.  We know that if we honor the inalienable rights of Mother Earth, within that context we honor the rights of humankind.

Seventeen work groups used the power of the world wide web during the weeks leading to the conference to craft a series of declarations focusing on humankind living in harmony with nature, the rights of Mother Earth, Indigenous Peoples, and more.  During the conference hundreds of people crammed into the stadiums and auditoriums to craft the final proposals. 

My personal attention was on the Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth and the voice of the women who had gathered with us.  The People’s Agreement and the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth will be presented to the United Nations in preparation for the Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico in early December.  

Proposal Universal Declaration of
the Rights of Mother Earth


We, the peoples and nations of Earth:

considering that we are all part of Mother Earth, an indivisible, living community of interrelated and interdependent beings with a common destiny; gratefully acknowledging that Mother Earth is the source of life, nourishment and learning and provides everything we need to live well; (Read more …)

Article 1.       Mother Earth

(1)  Mother Earth is a living being.

(2)  Mother Earth is a unique, indivisible, self-regulating community of interrelated beings that sustains, contains and reproduces all beings.

(3)  Each being is defined by its relationships as an integral part of Mother Earth. (Read more …) 

” May the entire world fall in love with a woman that changes their heart and may that woman be the Earth.”
- Caroline Casey

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