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INVISIBLE HAND film viewing and discussion

by | Apr 12, 2022 | Arts, Rights of Nature, Top Stories | 0 comments

If corporations have rights, why not Nature?

** The film will be available for a 24 hour period starting Friday, June 10 at 6 pm till Saturday, June 11 at 6 pm. There will be a zoom discussion of the film June 12th at 2 pm EST. The link and password to view the film will be sent out prior to the event, separately from the zoom discussion. **

Tickets are free. Please register here.

From Executive Producer Mark Ruffalo comes the world’s first documentary film on the Rights of Nature movement, a “paradigm shifting, plot-twisting, eye-opening” story about the Rights of Nature movement and current global battle between capitalism and democracy where the fight for our survival is at stake.

In part, Invisible Hand chronicles the saga of Grant Township, a small town in Pennsylvania, who dares to stand up to the regulatory system which wants to allow injection wells to be built in their township. In addition, the movie introduces the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, Defend Oh:yo’ and Standing Rock, all joining an international fight to protect more than just water. They fight for their community, democracy, and for Nature as a living entity unto itself.

At present, 5 countries (Ecuador, Panama, Bolivia, Columbia and Uganda) have incorporated rights for Nature language into either their constitution or as national law.  Moreover, the groundbreaking court ruling recently handed down in Ecuador (February 2022), based on its Constitutional Provision, protects Los Cedros National Forest (25,000 acres) from mining and other extractive operations by canceling all permits in the area. This precedent-setting decision bears witness to the paradigm shift happening throughout the world.

Virginia Community Rights Network (VACRN) is supporting concerned residents in Buckingham County, VA to protect the land, air and water from the toxic trespass that would come with industrial gold and other metallic mining. A Community Bill of Rights, similar to that of Grant Township, has been written to protect both the human and nonhuman communities.

Join VACRN and our partner organizations for the virtual viewing and discussion of the award winning film Invisible Hand. Watch the 90 minute movie during the 24 hour window.

Then join us for a zoom discussion. Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) organizers Tish O’Dell and Ben Price will update us on current progress in the Rights of Nature movement. How does this movie impact you personally and the work you do? How does this movement actually create the systemic cultural change we need in our world today?

Tickets are free. Please register here.

Partner organizations sponsoring this viewing:

Appalachian Voices (AV)
First Alliance Consulting Group, LLC (FACG)
Friends of Buckingham (FoB)
Protect Our Water, Heritage, Rights (POWHR)
Virginia Community Rights Network (VACRN)
Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative (VEJC)
Virginia Interfaith Power and Light (VAIPL)
Yogaville Environmental Solutions (YES)

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