Small Strokes

OUR COMPASS

  1. Bridge youth leadership in efforts to implement and uphold Earth-centered practices and laws. Build meaningful and trusting relationships with young stakeholders who are defending ecosystems around the world in bold ways and in new spaces. Earth Jurisprudence and Rights of Nature have the potential to connect to the rise of youth movements around the globe and build new bridges, enabling exciting alliances with tangible impacts.
     

  2. Empower and Engage through Information and Education. Only when people are informed can they begin to understand the importance of what they have come to know. Only when people understand, can they truly grasp the potential power of an idea. Only when they truly grasp its potency, will they believe in it and act wholeheartedly for it.
     

  3. Strategy, Strategy, Strategy. Explore new strategic spaces and fora where Earth-centered solutions can be implemented together with high-level stakeholders, and where youth can, side by side, influence and build solutions as equals. 
     

  4. Bridge Rights of Nature with Climate Action. We are seeing more lawsuits being lodged against governments because of climate breakdown, biodiversity loss and the lack of sufficient and proactive actions to address the ecological crises. In the context of climate litigation, Earth Jurisprudence/Rights of Nature can be a very valuable tool through which living systems establish a direct interest in defending their own rights. When living systems are included as subjects with inherent rights, the harm suffered by for example climate breakdown is no longer indirect.
     

  5. Reflect upon and build new language for speaking about the Earth system. We are talking about changing the vernacular language of 'Nature'. Words have immense power because the way we use words and the meaning we place in them produces and reproduces patterns, actions and narratives. It is our stories that will recreate us and change today’s dominant narrative. As storytellers, we must learn the power of our stories, what meaning we place in the words we use, and how those words configure our understandings of reality and our role on this planet. 
     

  6. Learn to listen to and channel the existing voices of Nature. We should always talk to the mountain, not about the mountain. Why? In this way, we emphasize the fact that Earth's living systems (or "Nature"), of which we are part, is always speaking to us and is alive. Nature already has a voice, many voices in fact, but we must learn how to genuinely hear them, listen and channel them. If we pay enough attention, we will clearly see and hear how every plant, tree, river, lake, sea, forest, insect, animal communicates with us every minute of every day.

HOW WE USE LANGUAGE

Our view of "Nature"

 

Nature is the web of life composed by interactive and reciprocal relationships which connects every organism on Earth into one planetary and complex interdependent ecosystem. For us, Nature is not a mere object or a series of objects, but a process of living crisscrossing relationships which exist in symbiosis.

 

For example, Nature is not only the forest. Nature is all the processes of reciprocal relationships that exist within the forest. Nature is not only the river. Nature is the symbiotic processes and interconnectedness between all animals, microorganisms, plants, and streams of water which exist in and close to the river.

 

Life on Earth with all its living systems is rooted in patterns of crisscrossing relationships which exist and interact with each other in symbiosis. To truly protect these living systems, we need to understand their complexity and intrinsicality and see the world as countless living systems of integrated wholes. 

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