This is the Insurgent Radio Kiosk for Thursday, September 5th
There’s a hunter’s nightmare in which a group of them flush some rabbits out of the brush. But rather than scampering away, the furry bunnies turn toward their stalkers. “Run,” shouts one of the hunters. “Run for your life – the rabbits have guns!”
Arming animals would make the sport of hunting a bit more sporting, wouldn’t it? Well, what if we did give all wildlife a fighting chance against the destructive firepower of profiteers who so carelessly ravage their habitats and kill them off? Of course, we can’t arm nature with guns, but we could recognize that other species and ecosystems are living creatures with intrinsic legal rights to exist and flourish, thus giving nature its day in court to defend its well-being.
Like us humans, the lakes, forests, wildlife, etc. could have legal status to sue and be represented by lawyers to protect themselves from mindless exploitation, injury, and death. This Rights-of-Nature concept is already being applied in such countries as Ecuador and New Zealand – and more than three dozen US cities and towns have passed ordinances acknowledging that various natural resources in their areas have inherent rights to take polluters and other despoilers to court.
Ironically, the corporate powers – who have perverted law, logic, and nature to have their lifeless, profiteering entities declared “persons” – are aghast that Mother Nature can have rights that can counter the corporate claim that their right to profit is absolute.
At its core, the Rights-of-Nature movement is asserting the obvious: Earth’s biosphere is not a free candy store for our taking. We are one with the natural world and must find ways to cooperate fully with it for our own survival. To learn more and connect to action, go to the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund: www.celdf.org.
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It’s today’s Action Calendar!
A free educational program titled “CarFit”, offering older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them, will be offered this evening from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Library, 2845 North Sherman Avenue. CarFit also provides information on community resources that could enhance the safety of older drivers and increase their mobility. A team of trained technicians and health care professionals works with each participant to ensure they literally fit their vehicle for maximum safety and comfort. A CarFit check takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. For information, phone 246-4547.
A free screening of the acclaimed documentary film “This Changes Everything”, examining capitalism versus the climate, will be shown tomorrow, Friday, September 6th, at 6:30 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society of Madison, 900 University Bay. A free community potluck meal will precede the screening at 5:45 p.m. A discussion addressing climate justice and plans for a global climate strike planned for September 20th to resist climate chaos will follow the film. Presented as part of the First Unitarian’s First Friday Film series. Phone 233-9774 for information.
The Insurgent Radio Kiosk is a four minute pre-recorded segment featuring a commentary and a calendar of daily events. Events must be low cost or non-profit and of interest to people in and around the WORT listening area and which other media might not highlight. Please submit announcements at least ten days before the event at wortfm.org/kiosk/announcements.
The Kiosk is available online at wortfm.org/kiosk.
This has been the Insurgent Radio Kiosk heard weekdays at 5:00, 6:30 and 9:00 AM and at 2:00 PM. I’m Greg Geboski. Submit announcements at least ten days in advance of the event at wortfm.org/kiosk/announcements.