Most people who are familiar with the work of Movement Rights since 2014 would be shocked to learn that so much has been done by two seasoned and committed women activists working around a kitchen table with very little funding. Movement Rights’ work offers a deep structural analysis of the role of corporations in creating and sustaining the conditions for climate chaos by using our political, economic and legal systems to create wealth for the few. Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge is the basis of the rights of nature and offers an important piece in the climate justice mosaic. Aligning human law with the laws of the natural world is our big picture focus. But we recognize that no single piece offers the solutions we seek and embrace the diversity of strategies that make our movements strong.
Movement Rights is in the streets, in the news and in the courts, providing research and reports, convening strategic gatherings, speaking at the UN, community meetings, regulatory hearings, and more. We work with a broad spectrum of state, national and global climate allies, communities and sovereign indigenous nations. We have helped thousands of people connect the dots between the critical time we find ourselves in and the solutions that Indigenous people have always known: human activity must take place within the natural system of laws that govern life on Earth. The breadth and depth of our work since our inception in December 2014 includes the following highlights:
- Worked on the first countywide law banning fracking by recognizing the rights of nature in California;
- Conceptualized and organized a new model of climate and rights of nature convening. With over 40 partners and 250 participants The Frontline Oil and Gas (FOG) Conference developed partnerships and showcased a wide array of strategies for grassroots climate change struggles;
- Media and social media strength—we have over 100 interviews in print, radio and TV and OpEds including local, statewide, national and international coverage. Our analysis blogs and videos are widely shared, quoted and reprinted.
- Held leadership roles in organizing state-wide anti-fracking and climate change mobilizations, street actions and civil disobedience with coalition partners; and,
- Assisted the Ponca Nation of Oklahoma in making history as the first tribe in the US to recognize the rights of nature in law to protect their territory from fossil fuel activities;
- Provided systemic critiques and inspiring models of solutions through fact-finding delegations, community trainings, in-depth reports and an impressive record of media coverage.