Community Rights Photos & Videos

Shannon Biggs speaking at the Global Frackdown SF rally

On Saturday September 22nd, 2012 activists from around the Bay Area gathered in San Francisco to say 'NO!' to fracking as part of the #GlobalFrackdown. In this video by Polidoc, Community Rights Program Director, Shannon Biggs, speaks at the rally along with Food and Water Watch, Code Pink, Earth Works, and the Center for Biological Diversity.

Fracking is an issue of community rights - not regulations

In this Global Exchange video, experts and activists for oil and gas justice speak to the importance of asserting our right to say "NO" to hydraulic fracturing—a harmful process of deep shale drilling for oil and natural gas—and our work assisting communities to pass local laws that BAN fracking.  

What do Rights of Nature mean to Global Exchange?

Community Rights Program Intern, Megan Devlin, interviewed staff and fellow interns about how they conceptualize Rights of Nature. Watch the video for an inside scoop on how Global Exchange believes RON can help recognize the rights of Earth and lead the fight for environmental justice!

Video blog of the Rio+20 United Nations Earth Summit June 2012

Video blog recorded by Shannon Biggs at the Rio+20 UN Earth Summit where Global Exchange was on the ground working with our international allies to advocate for Rights of Nature as an alternative framework for protecting the planet and to challenge the 'Green' Economy agenda being put forward.


Rights of Nature press conference at COP17 climate talks

UNFCCC webcast of Rights of Nature press conference at the COP17 conference in Durban, South Africa on December 6th, 2011

Toxic Tour of South Durban

On December 6, 2011: with the world's attention on the UN Climate Conference (COP 17), Global Exchange stood with residents to demand rights for the people of Durban and the ecosystem on which we depend. It is time to stop relying on international leaders to solve the climate crisis, and to stand up for our right to define the kinds of places in which we want to live and to say that "No corporation has the right to engage in activities that impact our health safety and welfare, or to destroy the ecosystem!"Desmond D'Sa has been leading these tours for many years, and we were pleased to help call attention to both the toxic reality of South Durban, and to offer our support for ongoing efforts to put the Durban community in charge of their local destiny.

System Change, Not Climate Change

Community Rights Program Director, Shannon Biggs, discusses the need to move from a legal system that merely ‘regulates’ environmental degradation to one that enshrines the rights of nature over those of commerce and corporations. Originally featured on the Council of Canadians new website, System Change not Climate Change.

Shannon Biggs at Bioneers

Shannon Biggs, Director of the Community Rights program, at Bioneers discussing Community Rights Organizing and our current campaigns in California.

GRIT TV interview with Shannon Biggs and Maude Barlow

GRIT tv interview with Shannon Biggs and Maude Barlow, co-authors of the new book, The Rights of Nature: The Case for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth.

Community Rights speaks at Occupy Wall Street!

On October 26th, Community Rights Program Director Shannon Biggs was invited to speak at two events at Occupy Wall Street in NYC along with fellow community-rights organizer, Ben Price from CELDF. They were asked to share their experiences working with communities daily to assert their rights and subordinate corporations to democractic, citizen-led decision making with those occupying Liberty Plaza. Check out the film recording below of one of their talks and read about it on the Global Exchange blog!


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