Here’s news that makes us proud!
On first reading, Tuesday evening, 3/12/13, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved our Sustainability Bill of Rights ordinance.
Final passage is expected in April.
This groundbreaking, profound ordinance helps in shifting power from corporations to communities and Mother Earth. The law recognizes the community rights for a healthy environment and the rights of nature as fundamental and inalienable rights that supersede corporate interests.
Towards that end, the Santa Monica Sustainability Bill of Rights ordinance, includes:
“to the full extent legally possible, subordinating the short term, private, financial interests of corporations and others to the common, long-term interest of achieving environmental and economic sustainability.”
“ . . . that all power is inherent in the people, that all free governments are founded on the people’s authority and consent, and that corporate entities, and their directors and managers, do not enjoy special privileges or powers under the law that subordinate the community’s rights to their private interests.”
Here’s the video of the council meeting. Hear what community leaders, youth and advocates had to say. Scroll down to Item 7-C: Introduction and First Reading of an Ordinance Establishing Sustainable Rights for Santa Monica Residents and the Natural Environment
We are shifting the paradigm to see that truly Nature is not property to be managed and controlled for economic purposes. Mother Earth makes our lives possible and sustainable. In Santa Monica that recognition will now be the law.
More details will follow.
Feel free to reach out: Cris Gutierrez, firstname.lastname@example.org .