Bhopal: An Ongoing Tragedy

This week, India’s Supreme Court convicted eight former executives of Union Carbide India Limited–a subsidiary of the American company Union Carbide, now owned by Dow Chemical Company–of negligence in the Bhopal gas leak, which exposed at least 500,000… Read More

Don’t feed the zoo animals (And please don’t eat them either)

At the Beijing zoo, you can admire the plumage of brazen peacocks, watch hippos play in the water, and observe scaly crocodiles basking in the sun. Then, when you get hungry, you can dine at the zoo’s restaurant… Read More

Bullfighting: It’s Bull Alright

The days of gladiator battles and public guillotine executions are in the past, but many cultures still hang on to bloody traditions, such as bullfighting. This ‘sport’ is still practiced in Spain, Portugal, France, and several Latin American… Read More

Climate Change: Public Health and Human Survival

Based on what I’ve read and what I’ve heard from participants who attended COP-15 in Copenhagen last December, the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights held last week in Cochabamba, Bolivia had a completely… Read More

Building the Foundations of International Indigenous Environmental Law

The Ninth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues wrapped up today, after two weeks of diplomatic negotiations and side-events on contemporary indigenous issues’specifically dealing with how development policies can work within the frameworks of indigenous… Read More

A New Theory of Justice

I managed to catch up with “wild law” pioneer Cormac Cullinan at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights, after his speech on the rights of nature. When I asked him about the rights… Read More

Equality for All Species

After eating lunch (and dancing!) with President Evo Morales, conference participants headed to the official closing ceremony at the Cochabamba stadium for a reading of the final conference Declaration on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth…. Read More

Implementing the Rights of Mother Earth

It’s hard to believe that today is the third ‘ the penultimate ‘ day of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth Rights. I’ve learned a lot and met some incredible people, but I wish… Read More

Welcome to Cochabamba

This morning’after an unexpected detour in Fort Myers, three hours sitting on a runway, and a mad dash to Aerosur Flight 558’I arrived in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for the first day of the World People’s Conference on Climate Change… Read More

Lots of conferences, but are we making progress?

Last week marked the end of the 2010 COP-15 meeting of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. CITES–an agreement between 175 international Parties–was first drafted in 1963, to ensure that… Read More