It’s time! March 12, 2013, the Santa Monica Sustainability Bill of Rights is set to be considered by the Santa Monica City Council after two years of study and advocacy. With imagination and deep understanding of the influence that Santa Monica can have to shift the legal paradigm for environmental and human sustainability, the Task Force on the Environment has recommended a new law that recognizes the rights of Nature and the community rights to supersede corporate interests.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Santa Monica City Council Meeting
Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Agenda Item 7-C: Introduction and First Reading of an Ordinance Establishing Sustainable Rights for Santa Monica residents and the natural environment.
STAFF REPORT and SBR Ordinance
Who Determines our Sustainable Future—Residents or Corporations?
We need a Santa Monica Sustainability Bill of Rights to protect our water, air, and land and to remedy climate change.
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In 1994, Santa Monica established its first comprehensive City Sustainability Plan. The city and community have worked hard to protect the natural ecosystems that make life possible. Based on the recommendation of the Santa Monica’s Task Force on the Environment, Santa Monica will now move to recognize the rights of Nature with a new legal paradigm for sustainability to be a legal obligation and not just a voluntary intention. Now, we need to ensure that the rights of the community and our natural ecosystems take precedence over corporate interests.
Why? Big corporations are dominating people, Nature and our democracy.
The Supreme Court’s January 2010 Citizens United ruling has given corporations freedom- of-speech rights that belong to “We, the People.” Our environmental laws and regulations can thus be weakened by corporate campaign donations buying politicians’ loyalties that can lead to laws favoring corporate interests above everything else.
Santa Monica needs a Sustainability Bill of Rights as the law to protect our inalienable rights to a sustainable future. We are a part of Nature, and our natural ecosystems are not solely property to manage and control.
A Santa Monica Sustainability Bill of Rights empowers the community to:
• Have sustainable water, food, energy, air, soil, climate systems, waste treatment, etc.;
• Set policies that advance self-sufficiency within the City to help achieve those goals;
• Decide how to ensure the community’s health, safety and welfare; and
• Put sustainable needs of people and natural ecosystems above corporate interests.