This is a call to action. Will you help? If you. have a prayer or words you want to share attend the 2 day event virtually... contact me if you want me to schedule a special time.... Here is an article and please read my message below this one.
Hello Florida friends!
Happy Winter Solstice!
We would love to know who you all are and what you envision for 2021! Here in SWFL we are very excited about the Rights of Nature taking off north of us in Orange County. Two of our core group members Garald / Robbins and Joseph Bonasia have been leaders in this movement not only here in SW Florida but for all of our Pachamama Community.
Stay tuned for a new presentation about the Rights of Nature in January coming to the whole Pachamama Family. We are also excited about the formation of a new non-profit, the SWFL RESET Center. www.swflreset.org. We hatched this new organization during the pandemic, meeting weekly on ZOOM, and are emerging from our study of Drawdown together over the last three years. Our core group is asking ourselves, what can we do as the SWFL Pachamama Community that will serve the most; what is the most powerful and effective for our bioregion to come into convergence and make real systemic change? Is it Climate Justice? Regenerative Agriculture? Protecting our Fragile Wetlands from the devastation we now face due to our state and federal governments putting them in the hands of a runaway, corporate driven state? Is it to get our municipalities to claim home rule, and give Rights to Nature? Is it to abolish white supremacy and support Black Lives Matter? Is it to Protect Indigenous (Original Nations) rights in the Everglades? We may send out a survey! Tell us what is calling to you. Stay tuned and stay safe! We are still in for a bumpy ride!
Our SWFL Pachamama Group has been busy and a new non-profit has emerged from our humble core SWFL PA group called the SWFL RESET Center. Regenerative Agriculture is one of our main initiatives, so this next event Dec 1 looks awesome to us!
Pasted from Dr. Zach Bush email for online event Dec 1st 2020, with sign up link:
IMAGINE: Envisioning a Food System that Truly Nourishes The People Who Grow Your Food.
The topic of this event impacts your life every single day, multiple times a day, and for that reason alone, I hope you register.
The vast majority of us have lost touch and connection with the realities of our food system and we must begin to build a bridge back to the source. Why is this so important now? The collapse of human health is happening around us.
It is the symptom of the collapse of biology on planet earth as human behavior continues to oppose the regenerative cycles of nature.
The last century of monocrop farming and pesticide use has not only disrupted the fertile soils, but has wreaked havoc on human health, human/social oppression, and global food systems.
In addition, the unseen injustices happening because of our consumption continue to fuel devastating mistreatment of those whose hands grow our food.
Truly regenerative food systems require us to examine the structural roots of disparities that exist today and where we are perpetuating them. It is from that space where change exists.
Join me for a live event with Amber Tamm from Farmer’s Footprint & Loren Cardeli from A Growing Culture tomorrow December 1 @ 1:15 PT for IMAGINE: Envisioning a Food System that Truly Nourishes The People Who Grow Your Food.
The health of tomorrow depends on the voices we choose to listen to, the organizations we support and the willingness to be vulnerable to the solutions that change will require.
Zach Bush MD
On Election Day, a breathtaking 89% of Orange County voters approved the Right to Clean Water Charter Amendment. Orange County is now the largest jurisdiction in the nation to pass this kind of legislation.
Historic in its scope and meaning, this vote ushers in the systemic change Florida needs, and it makes Florida the epicenter of the Rights of Nature Movement in the United States.
This is an indisputable, bi-partisan mandate from the citizens of Orange County. Approval of the amendment — also known as the Wekiva River and Econlockhatchee River Bill of Rights – shows that the rights to clean water and healthy ecosystems are not to be subordinated to the interests of polluters.
It shows that business should not be conducted at the expense of the environment and the public welfare, and that the so-called choice between a healthy environment and a healthy economy is a false one.
In August, citizens also voted Nicole Wilson onto the Orange County Commission. She ran almost exclusively on the Right to Clean Water/Rights of Nature issue. Attack ads claimed the law would “kill jobs, affordable housing, and our recovering economy.” Voters rejected such claims and with 57% of the vote, Wilson handily defeated the better funded incumbent.
Floridians across the political spectrum agree on this: clean water and healthy ecosystems are vital to our personal welfare and the tourist economy.
This mandate also demonstrates that an overwhelming majority of Orange County citizens have lost faith in a state government and a regulatory system that have failed to protect the basic rights of people as well as the natural world. In a county in which the breakdown of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents is 36.6%, 34.2% and 24.3%, respectively, the amendment results may reflect the sentiments of residents throughout the state.
After decades of chronic pollution — of repeated blue-green algae blooms and red tides; of hundreds of thousands of tons of dead marine life repeatedly lining our beaches; of industry-orchestrated, in-your-face state preemptions of common-sense community environmental efforts; of the state Legislature thwarting the people’s intent by raiding the 2014 Land Acquisition Trust Fund, which voters earmarked for conservation efforts—after all these environmental issues and more, this mandate says Floridians are ready for a new approach.
There are things so basic to an American quality of life that they must be beyond the influence of corporate agents and changing political policies. Clean water and healthy ecosystems are such things.
Granting legally recognized rights to nature is the new vanguard of environmental efforts.
Now, initiatives like the Orange County amendment will be launched elsewhere in the state. Citizens who live within the Caloosahatchee River Watershed are no less deserving, and the watershed is no less deserving, of the same rights Orange County citizens have won for themselves and their waterways.
Citizens in the Pensacola Bay Watershed and the St. Lucie River Watershed will demand the same for themselves, and South Floridians desperately trying to save Biscayne Bay will follow suit.
Yes, the Legislature, in its much-ballyhooed 2020 Clean Waterways Act, preempted local jurisdictions from granting rights to nature, but the constitutionality of that preemption is already being challenged in court. Furthermore, the preemption does not apply to new Right to Clean Water/ Rights of Nature laws being pursued elsewhere in the state.
Two years after photos of our algae-choked waterways and dead marine life made international news, Florida can now boast it is at the forefront of a new environmentalism that at long last provides citizens with the rights they need and nature with the highest protection under law.
Joseph Bonasia is the Southwest Florida Regional Director of the Florida Rights of Nature Network, Inc. and member of the Pachamama Alliance of SWFL.
Originally published in “The Invading Sea,” the opinion arm of the Florida Climate Reporting Network, a collaborative of news organizations across the state focusing on the threats posed by the warming climate.
Photo courtesy of John Moran5 likes
Hello SW Florida and Pachamama People everywhere. We are so proud of our own PASWFL Community members Joseph Bonasia and Garald / Robbins for being instrumental in bringing the Rights of Nature Movement forward as a Pachamama initiative that we all can support. Thanks to their perserverce the next Resilience and Possibility Conversation will be about the Rights of Nature - which was foundational in the origins of the Pachamama Alliance in Ecuador over two decades ago. Here is the link:
Hello Rights of Nature Friends,
On November 3rd, in Florida, Orange County citizens will make history by voting on the Wekiva River and Econlockhatchee River Bill of Rights (WEBOR). It would install into law the rights of these two rivers and all waterways in Orange County to exist, flow, be free of pollution, and maintain a healthy ecosystem. It will also give citizens the right to clean water.
As far as I know, this he only Rights of Nature initiative in the nation that will be on a ballot in November. We need your support. The opportunity to help on such a fundamental level doesn't happen often. Please keep reading.
This law, prescribing these rights, is necessary because:
• Orange County citizens, like all Floridians, do not have a right to clean water. In fact, a new law in Florida expressly says Floridians have NO rights regarding the natural world. This amendment guarantees Orange County citizens clean water.
• If corporations can have rights, so can nature. If nature doesn’t have rights, it can’t be defended against polluting corporations that do. That’s the legal reality.
• Our current regulatory system isn’t working. Our waterways in Florida have been polluted for years and it’s always the same story: “We have to elect the right people.” No. Our right to clean water and healthy ecosystems shouldn’t depend upon who’s in office.
The importance of this charter amendment to SW Floridians is two-fold.
First, pollution in Orange County makes it way into Lake Okeechobee, worsening blue-green algae blooms and red tides such as we residents of SWFL experienced in 2018, when our beaches were lined with dead marine life and our tourist economy was severely impacted. We’ve had multiple water summits down here, while the problem mostly originates up north.
Second, passing the Wekiva River and Econlockhatchee River Bill of Rights makes a Caloosahatchee River Bill of Rights or an Estero Bay Bill of Rights much more likely. Passing this ballot measure will clearly declare the will of the people to protect the quality of our lives and the natural world we cherish.
Opposing forces will be pumping lots of money into defeating this citizen initiative at the ballot box. We need to respond with a robust campaign of our own. Please help us by providing critical financial support now at https://righttocleanwater2020.com/. A $50.00 donation will buy approximately 350 texts messages to targeted voters, $100.00 twice that or a strategically placed 4’ x 8’ road sign.