IS THE EXERCISE OF ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS GUARANTEED BY THE ECUADORIAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT?

The struggle of civil society —mainly ecologists and indigenous people—, the scientific evidence about the impact of human pollution on global warming and the consequent disappearance of ecosystems pressured several governments to progressively include rights to protect citizens and the nature of environmental risks in their legal regimes.

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THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE, THE GREATEST ENEMY OF OUR SEAS

With joy I received the news from one of my thesis students that in the touristic beach of “Crucita” the egg laying of a sea turtle has come to clatch. A deep happiness surround us while seeing the tiny turtles or neonates coming out of their shells and intuitively looking for the light of the sea, where the likelihood of being depredated may be significantly diminished.

Unfortunately not all the news have a happy ending, many of the turtles are laying their eggs in places that are highly contaminated by humans.

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REVIEW: “DRAWDOWN” - PAUL HAWKEN

This book, and related website (www.drawdown.org) provide unique guidance on opportunities that are available to reverse greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with the intent to reverse climate change. Drawdown is intended as a compendium of opportunities, and is not in itself a planning document. This review is intended to suggest how Drawdown may inform climate change planning and policy selection in Ecuador. 

It is important to distinguish solutions that are essentially within the realm of technology, e.g., electric vehicles, and those that rely on government action, changes in behavior (and belief), perhaps even an expansion of awareness of the relationship we have with our planet.

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