A Project Updates
New working paper: Mandatory Corporate Ecological Impact Disclosure at SEC & rivers
An initial step towards a True Cost Economy would be to tell the ecological truth about the damage we do to the planet. Here is a plan for a “one stop shopping center” for our dedicated researchers, concerned citizens, and elected officials to use to solve pressing problems. We don’t want to wait to take such a common sense step in a post-collapse rebuild when we can do it now. Read the white paper here.
World Bank Fight: Interim victory for rainforests & rivers
The Washington Post reports January 25th:…In a blow to plans set by World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, the United States recently approved an appropriations bill that orders the bank’s U.S. board member to vote against any major hydroelectric project…The measure also demands that the organization undertake “independent outside evaluations” of all of its lending…The amendments apply to all international financial institutions, including regional ones such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the African Development Bank. See Foundation Earth thank you letter to Senator Leahy, list of our friends signing March 24th WB letter, and actual bill language.
Canadian Report Card
Foundation Earth, with help from the Council of Canadians, produced a report card to grade Canada & Prime Minister Harper against a short list of bold steps being taken by countries worldwide to achieve a healthy, truer cost, economy and a cleaner planet. Canada, once a leader on many fronts, has fallen under the current national leadership. Read the Report Card here: Canadian Report Card
Global Ecological Mega-Concerns
Download Garvin Boyle’s detailed assessment of Global Ecological Mega-Concerns, presented at the Ecological Economics Conference in June 2013 and hosted by the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics in Burlington, VT, here: Mega-Concerns Posters
An Interview with Randy Hayes: The Vision Behind a True Cost Economy
Watch the unabridged, full-length interview with Foundation Earth founder Randy Hayes at summerrayne.net: The vision behind a true cost economy with Randy Hayes. Later in the month, it’ll be featured on Huffington Post and Elephant Journal, so keep your eyes peeled!
Don’t have time to watch the whole interview? Click here for an excerpt (“Not all technologies are neutral”).
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Security Exchange Commission (SEC) Disclosure Project
The SEC Disclosure Project addresses the urgent need to restructure the economy’s rules toward a True Cost Economy as a key step to a cleaner planet and a healthier economy. Specifically we propose that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should require companies to disclose their pollution externalities in annual public filings. This will provide critical environmental information to the public, leading to responsible changes in the economy. Hope best emanates from bold, comprehensive, credible, and achievable plans, commensurate with the scale of the problem. With the vision of a True Cost Economy and better disclosure rules, a well-informed public can take corrective steps. See the Center for Economic Ecology for more information.
Canadian Report Card
Foundation Earth, with help from the Council of Canadians, produced a report card to grade Canada against a short list of bold steps being taken by countries worldwide to achieve a more true cost economy and a healthier planet. This is the second in a series entitled “The Economic Rethink: Who Does It Well?”. The first was circulated at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012 in Brazil.
Canada, once a leader on many fronts has fallen under the current national leadership. The report provides fuel to pressure opinion leaders and policy makers in Canada to wake up to what must happen to seriously address the needs of nature and humanity’s future via a true cost economy!
A True Cost Economy incorporates carrying-capacity considerations and accurate feedback systems to reduce and eliminate ecological destruction to the planet’s life support systems. This economic approach is viable and solves real problems. It replaces the current system of what is effectively a form of cheater economics. The hidden pollution costs of an unregulated industrial economy are in the trillions of dollars. That is the cheat. The Canadian report card will help people know what specific bold solutions need to be pursued.
Chile halts construction of huge gold mine, by Paulina Abramovich
Global warming talk heats up, revisits carbon tax, by Seth Borenstein
Economy has reached ecological limit, by Kathleen A. Culver
Fourth International Conference on DeGrowth, for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity, Leipzig, Germany.
People’s Climate March and Rights of Nature Event – New York. The largest climate march in history is planned in New York for September 21 as a lead up to the UN Climate Summit. IEN, Global Exchange, WECAN, Idle No More, Earth Law Center, Amazon Watch, and other Alliance members are organizing delegations, hosting call-to-action events on the
People’s Climate Train and at the UN Church Center that week.
Rights of Nature and Systemic Change for Real Climate Solutions hosted by Women’s Earth and Climate Networks at 2:15-3pm at UN Church Center. Panelists will provide an introduction to Rights of Nature/Rights of Mother Earth and discuss the past and upcoming Tribunals; Rights of Nature and the new economy; Rights of Nature as a key alternative to market-mechanism “solutions”; and at a local level, what Rights of Nature can do to protect your community from fracking and other harms. Contact Osprey Orielle Lake if you want to participate.
The Economics of Sustainability Conference: Emerging Models for a Healthy Planet-San Francisco, CA. Confirmed Speakers: Randy Hayes, Andrew Kimbrell, Osprey Orielle Lake, George Lakoff, Richard Heinberg, Michael Brune, Janet Redmond, Mark Hertsgaard, Georgia Kelly, Representatives from the Mondragon Cooperatives (Spain) and more! 707-949-2973
Watch for more information about Earth Rights Days of Action in the coming weeks. The Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and our partners worldwide are promoting self-organizing actions to highlight the growing movement to recognize Rights of Nature.
Let us know if you are planning an Earth Rights event so we can promote it with you. See our graphic below. We are actively creating a section on our website that will have links to give details of the various activities. In addition to the references on the graphic, San Francisco Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance is planning a local Tribunal and I know of plans being made for events in the UK, Australia, and Romania. Events can be quite simple or elaborate! The intention is to be galvanizing actions to advance Earth Rights, Rights of Nature, Rights of Mother Earth!
Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C.
Second World Conference on Complex Systems, Organized by Ibn Zohr University and Moroccan Society of Complex Systems with IEEE Moroccan Section; International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Science and Spanish Society of General Systems during, Agadir, Morocco.
Welcome to Foundation Earth!
Extreme weather events are on the rise. The biosphere is becoming spastic. Economic instability is widespread and growth is stalling globally. In the next few years opinion leaders will increasingly wake up to what needs to happen to seriously address the needs of nature and humanity’s future. Are we ready?