By Celeste Coughlin

Endangered African Penguin by Bernard DUPONT from FRANCE (CC BY-SA 2.0) via Flickr

The United Nations hosted the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference in 2017, to create an action plan surrounding the enforcement of Sustainable Development Goal 14 on the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans. This conference was the culmination of years of ocean rights advocacy work. Notably, the conference embraced the future of legal rights of the ocean. Alongside Cook Island Prime Minister Henry Puna urging recognition of the Rights of the Ocean, Earth Law Center presented its Ocean Rights Initiative to the UN General Assembly. …


By Christopher Frederic Lapinel

“No poet, no artist of any art, has [their] complete meaning alone…The poet must be very conscious of the main current, which does not at all flow invariably through the most distinguished reputations. [They] must be quite aware of the obvious fact that art never improves, but that the material of art is never quite the same.” — T. S. Eliot, Tradition and the Individual Talent

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Shift Toward a New Paradigm

Veganism is rising. It’s indisputable. In the past few years, it experienced explosive growth. …


By Alec C. Johnsson

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One of the strongest arguments in favor of the Rights of Nature is that plenty of precedent exists for granting legal rights to inanimate objects, let alone nonhumans, as if they were human. In U.S. jurisprudence, the famous (infamous?) recent example of this is Citizens United v. FEC, which extended free speech rights to corporations. Yet, since corporations are very certainly composed of people — as Mitt Romney once conveyed, rather brusquely, to one protester — they are not the strongest example.

In that regard, the recognition of the legal personhood of shipping vessels works much more effectively. There…


By Michelle Bender

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Earth Law Center is building an international movement from the ground up, one that gives better grounding to the idea that humans have a responsibility for how we impact the world around us. The belief that nature — the species and ecosystems that comprise our world — has inherent rights has proven to be a galvanizing idea, and we work with local communities to help them organize around the rights of nature to protect their environment from the threats that they see.


By Sonja Fortuin

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Meeting coral reefs for the first time in person

It was a bright, sunny day on the beautiful coast of Mozambique and the day of my first ocean dive. The first attempt was horrible. Things that are effortless on land, like breathing and staying in one place, were a challenge below the surface. Everything inside me said: I never want to do this again.

Back on the boat I instantly got seasick. Luckily, we didn’t have time to think. We had to go for our second dive immediately. During the descent I calmed myself with the idea of never diving again. But then I realized I could see…


By Benjamin Gurin

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The importance of migration

Migration, the seasonal movement of a species from one place to another, is an important adaptation for many of Earth’s inhabitants. Plants and animals migrate for various reasons. Many plants move seasonally to different habitats that support their growth. Animals often migrate with the change in weather to more hospitable environments for food sources, breeding, and raising young. It is also important for animals to travel to other regions to find mates. The pairing of mates from different populations increases gene variability, a necessary factor in the long-term survival of a species.

All around the world, migratory animals face…


By Helen George

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Introduction

This blog is about how to make readers feel welcome. It outlines how to shape content to meet readers “where they are at.” Empathy for the reader is crucial for effective communication.

  • Communicators take the message to the reader
  • Communicators understand the reader’s struggles
  • Communicators work to actively engage the reader

The first section explains how to tailor content to make it suitable for particular readership groups. The second looks at how word choices exclude readers. The final section introduces storytelling as a way to appeal to everyone.

Section 1 — Know Your Audience

When everything we write supports the message we want to communicate…


By Brandon Rosenbach

Context

The Guardian puts it most succinctly:

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Natural capital is everything nature provides us for free. It is what our economy is built upon. We add man-made capital in the shape of houses, factories, offices and physical infrastructure, and human capital with our skills, ideas and science.

Natural capital should, therefore, be at the heart of economics and economic policy — but it isn’t. As a consequence we abuse nature, drive species to extinction, and destroy ecosystems and habitats without much thought to the consequences. The damage won’t go away; as we wipe out perhaps half the species on the…


By Kailee Dahan

LONG TERM PLANNING AND GOAL SETTING

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Humans are notoriously poor long-term planners. While psychologists recognize our species’ unique ability to think about the future, most of our expertise lies in weighing competing information to make short-term decisions with fight or flight responses.

Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert addressed this issue in the context of climate change and detailed that the main factors governing the intensity of human response include: “that the source of the threat should be human rather than inanimate; there should be a moral component; it should be short-term rather than long-term; and that the threat is sudden rather than gradual.”

The issue…


By Sara Bellan

Costa Rica, and the conservationist policies they have implemented, serves as a model for green political action around the world. Costa Rica has over 30 percent of its national territory marked for conservation — one of the highest ratios in the world. They have become a leading destination for ecotourism and could consider Rights of Nature as the next step in their evolution towards living in harmony with nature.

Poas volcano air view by Wilma Compton [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Intro to Costa Rica

Costa Rica is located in between Nicaragua and Panama in Central America. It borders the Pacific Ocean on one coast, and the Caribbean Sea on the other. Costa Rica has…

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