Since 2012 we have been contributing statements towards the Interactive Dialogues of the UN General Assembly on Harmony with Nature, to commemorate International Mother Earth Day.
This is an important dialogue that discusses the vital relationship between humanity and nature and how understanding this can greatly contribute to long-term environmental sustainability. This discussion and the acknowledgment of the Rights for Mother Earth was initiated by the Bolivian government in 2010. We have been adding the importance of safeguarding the global water cycle into the discussion.
We are happy that the Rights for Nature and Mother Earth are being discussed throughout the world and on the UN platform and that Mother Earth has been officially recognised. Hopefully this shift will mean that the age-old common understanding of our interdependence with nature will be integrated into global decision making for the achievement of ways of life that are in accordance with Nature.
“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” (Universal Declaration of Rights of Mother Earth, 2010)