Caring for Colombia's Dynamic Rivers
Indigenous Perspectives, Integrated Science and the Rights of Nature
From the emblematic Magdalena River, which begins high in the Andes as a Sacred Source and descends into the industrial valleys to a overused and contaminated course, to the groundbreaking case of the Atrato River, which gained international attention in 2017 when it was granted the rights of personhood under Colombia’s Rights of Nature law, Colombia’s rivers have much to teach us.
The Rights of a River
How Rights of Nature victories in Colombia’s rivers can inform shared knowledge systems globally
Colombia, with its biological, cultural and hydrological richness, has become a trailblazer in legally formalizing Rights of Nature, beginning with the 2017 Judgement of the Atrato River, but to what end?
'Coyote' Alberto Ruz on the Rights of Nature
Veteran activist on Earth Jurisprudence, the Ecovillage Movement and stepping out of the zombie mentality
Fifty years dedicated to studying, writing, creating, promoting and serving as an international networker have made Coyote Alberto Ruz a first-line pioneer, a veteran and an historian of the intentional communities, ecovillage and bioregionalist movements. In the last seven years he has dedicated most of his time to organizing global, local and national campaigns for an Earth Jurisprudence, recognizing Mother Earth as a living being with rights of her own.
Sovereign Sisters in Lakota Lands
Water Protector Cheryl Angel on a Magical Staff, the Black Hills and Economic Sovereignty
Lakota Spiritual Activist Cheryl Angel believes in listening to her dreams – the ones that come to her at night as she sleeps, and the ones that arrive as messengers from the road as she travels the globe. She has been traveling extensively over the past two years, connecting with indigenous and non-indigenous women and […]
Puebla festival seeks to restore contaminated river
"Rios Vivos Atoyac Xicome" rallies artists, activists and citizens to turn the tide in water protection in Mexico
Río Atoyac in Puebla has gone the way of most rivers in this country: It’s become a contaminated, barely recognizable version of its former self. But something is different about Río Atoyac. That’s because a handful of people cared enough to fight for it. The result: Ríos Vivos (Rivers Alive) Atoyac Xicome Forum + Festival, the […]
Towards a New Jurisprudence of the Earth
'Silent Spring is no longer a prophecy, we are living in it,' says veteran author, activist and international networker
“Coyote” Alberto Ruz Buenfil has devoted his life to nurturing the bonds that connect humans with the place we inhabit and its other inhabitants, from the beaver to the bee to the wind and the water. His ethic has been influenced by and has in turn influenced movements toward intentional communities, ecovillages and bioregionalism. He […]
A Historic Day for the Earth in Mexico City
Coyote Alberto on Mexico City's adoption of the Rights of Mother Earth — and the celebration
Coyote Alberto on Mexico City’s historic adoption of the Rights of Mother Earth — and the celebration