ERI'S Goals


Empower impoverished communities of the global south in managing and directing their own local development.

Bridge the divide between academic research in sustainable development and action in the field.

Build a culture of Peace by promoting cross-cultural collaboration and encouraging appreciation for cultural diversity.

Advance solutions to crucial global issues in global development and create awareness by supporting Solidarity across the globe

Earth Rights Institute is a social network

Who are we?

Incorporated in 2001 and recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the American Internal Revenue Service, Earth Rights Institute (ERI) takes an innovative approach to join education, advocacy and research in building ecologically, economically and culturally sustainable communities in some of the world’s poorest communities. Earth Rights Institute advocates a model of development that supports the re-localization of development expertise. We believe that in order to empower communities of the global south to manage and direct their own development, strategies and expert knowledge must be conceived locally. ERI is a United Nations NGO affiliate for ECOSOC, UN Habitat, UNCSD, and UN Finance and Development. 

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What's New - ERI Beyond Fair Trade 2011

BEYOND FAIR TRADE (BFT) Initiative

Feasibility Study and International Forum, Senegal

For the past few months, ERI interns, Kayla Casavant and Hristo Maroko have been busy moving forward our BFT program.

 

Here is some of the latest information reported by HRISTO MAROKOV

ERI INTERN FROM UCLA - PROGRAM DIRECTOR SENEGAL FOR SUMMER 

With extensive assistance from the Senegalese Government – Agence
National des Eco-villages we developed this fair trade model. The
model includes four major operational cells: the producers of raw
materials, the cooperative (established around “green” storage
facility), the transformation groups, and the micro-finance
organization. They are to interact within the warehouse receipt system context. This is vastly popular agriculture warranty system used worldwide, which allows agriculture producers to eliminate to some extent the seasonal fluctuations of the crop prices. Mainly, it makes small producers to act as large producers allowing them to wait for better price on their production.  

The pilot cooperative is to be formed from interested parties
(producers and ANEV) around the new storage facility site at
Diamnadio. The Micro-credit Organization (MO) represents the link between the producer and the cooperative. The cooperative does not pay in cash the producer but issues a bond. Later, this bond is cashed by the producer at the Micro-credit organization. They are also the link between the women working on transforming the raw products. As to the transformation process, it will be funded by the MO and guaranteed with raw and processed production.
For rendering this entire model related products marketable, they are
to be “Eco-village” labeled. 

Why we can name it “Beyond Fair Trade”?
The “green” storage facilities, the inclusion of marginalized social
groups in the transformation groups along with the “green” packaging
of the processed products and the non-profit financial organization
participation is giving to the model the environmental and social
sustainability aspects.

The first step toward implementing this model would be extensive
research on the raw and transformed products with respect to each
village, as well as on on producers’ economic capabilities. We have
been working on questionnaires which will be soon available. 

 For further information:

Visit the Beyond Fair Trade - Senegal Website

and Earth Rights Intern in Senegal, Kayla's blog

 

 

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NEW IMMERSION LANGUAGE PROGRAM IN GUATEMALA FOR 2014

NEW IMMERSION LANGUAGE PROGRAM IN GUATEMALA

STARTING NEXT SUMMER AND WINTER 2014

VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.ERILANGUAGELAB.COM


BE PART OF THE EXPERIENCE AND LEARN SPANISH WHILE MAKING A POSITIVE CHANGE FOR A COMMUNITY IN GUATEMALA

Earth Rights Institute (ERI) promotes an approach to development that is ecologically, socially, economically and culturally sustainable.

-Through initiatives in education, research and advocacy we act to end wide-scale poverty worldwide, secure a culture of peace and reverse environmental degradation.

-Our educational focus has been initiating ‘Living Labs’ worldwide that offer a different take on development education and research.

Our OBJECTIVE is to implement an accredited immersion language school that combines a life changing experience customized to the client’s favorite activities or professional interests. The mission of the school is to help transform students, professors, academics and individuals into informed and inspired participants in the global community’s sustainability movement. Our program will offer a transformational academic and living environment to educate the individual’s knowledge on issues such as strong participatory democracy, economic and social justice, and environmental protection within the cultural context of the region.

BE INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT!

This is a pioneering program for change-makers

We will offer a high quality accredited immersion language/cultural academic program to international students and others. It is designed to provide tools specifically for an emerging generation of individuals that want the opportunity to engage in sustainability and social justice at the grassroots level. The program weaves conservation, cultural heritage, socio-economics, nature awareness, and social dynamics with the surrounding population.

Partnerships with local NGOs (specifically with SEEDS FOR A FUTURE), agencies and other organizations will provide the integral part of the cultural immersion program. These partnerships make available a customized project for each client. It provides them the opportunity to engage in a ‘hands-on’ experience to help to facilitate meaningful change in their area of expertise or interest.The unique synergy of practical and life skills with learning a language equips students with the tools and wisdom to enhance personal, ecological, and global community health.

We will offer a summer and winter semester program in Guatemala starting in 2014.

The summer session will be 6-8 weeks and the winter session will be 4-5 weeks. The first program will be available for the summer 2014. The amount of academic credits offered will depend on the accreditation given by the partnered university or academic department and the length and type of fieldwork involved. Every session will provide an integrated model of sustainable living with high quality language classes conducted by the best local language professors.

From the office of ERI in the USA, we will develop all the tools necessary to offer an accredited program to graduates. Our goal is to offer 4-10 credits per session. Pre and post departure procedures will be conducted such as interviewing students, providing orientation, giving health and safety information and other valuable tools for cross-cultural adaptation.  





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MEET OUR PARTNER SEEDS FOR A FUTURE!

WE WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR PARTNER NGO "SEEDS FOR A FUTURE" 

SEEDS FOR A FUTURE (Semillas Para el Futuro) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is helping the Guatemalan town of Chocolá escape poverty by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to cultivate their land with high-value crops. But agricultural reform is just the beginning. Education is also a critical component. Semillas Para el Futuro provides a systemic approach to helping people help themselves. 

Visit their website: www.seedsforafuture.org

DISCOVER THEIR LATEST PROGRAM: 

"Healthy Kitchens and Cooking for Nutrition"

This project will bring qualified local educators to teach women in the community about the importance of clean kitchens and the essentials of pathogen avoidance when handling food.

The training will have a permanent impact on the lives of participants and their families because the information they receive is focused on knowledge and skills that can last a lifetime and be shared with their family, friends and neighbors.

FIND MORE INFORMATION HERENEW SEEDS FOR A FUTURE PROJECT ON GLOBAL GIVING

 

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SMILE Project in Loas part of ERI Fiscal Sponsorship Program


The mission of the SMILE Project 
(Supporting Multitudes in Life & Education) is to provide FREE education, food, and healthcare to underprivileged students lacking funds and/or resources for quality education and nourishment.

The project is committed to sharing heartfelt knowledge so that educational gains not only activate the mind, they are also felt and understood in the depths of the heart and shared from there with one’s whole being, and indeed with the entire universe.

Founder/Director Michael Sebastian is currently teaching in Luang Prabang, Laos where young Buddhist monks and novices, as well as many impoverished lay youth and orphans, are desperate to learn English and computer skills to break the cycle of poverty and create economic mobility for themselves, their families, and eventually communities.
 In 2013, the SMILE Project expanded programs to include matching sponsors to students for educational scholarships.  We now have 22 students currently being privately sponsored through the SMILE Project scholarship management program.  We were able to begin a dental fund to cover emergency and other necessary dental care for several students.  This fund will run out soon without more donations, and we are looking for ways to make that fund sustainable in 2014, and eventually also provide medical care, eye exams, and hearing exams for students.
      We have created a small but growing resource library for students and teachers of English, which provides not only books, but also English learning MP3s, DVDs, and English lessons on video and CD.  We even assist other local teachers in creating effective and interesting lesson plans for their students.  Additionally we have a small number of USB memory sticks available for students to take digital resources with them to practice and share with others.
     Several of our students have already gone on to create bright futures.  Many are studying in university here in Lao and also abroad. One now runs his own business, and many act as teaching assistants in our classes.  
TO DONATE FOR THEIR PROGRAM 

ERI Advocacy and Policies - Land Rights and Other Economic Initiatives

EARTH RIGHTS  Advocacy and Policies 2010 Land Rights and other economic initiatives 

Co-Director, Alanna Hartzok- Annual Report

 A primary mission of Earth Rights Institute s to promote policies and programs which further democratic rights to common heritage resources. Our Land Rights and Land Value Capture online course now has nearly 500 people enrolled from 76 countries. Modules include land rights and poverty, land prices and the law of rent, and the economics of war and peace. The course describes how the policy of land value capture or taxation is a key to new economics policy that addresses a number of issues including affordable housing for all, funding infrastructure, promoting land reform, and improving the environment, especially when combined with green taxes. Course graduates receive a certificate and are eligible to develop policy research and implementation projects in partnership with ERI.

  Our pilot implementation project was launched in Pretoria, South Africa, and was coordinated by Tunde Dairo. Eighty people enrolled for the online course and participants conducted research, as well, a public forum was held. The project was funded through a grant from the International Union for Land Value Taxation (IU), and helped us build a clear direction for future projects.

 In November we launched a project in Caracas, Venezuela, led by Dr. Quisia Gonzalez, a land and human rights professor at the Henry George School of Social Science. Our Caracas parnters, The Prout Research Institute was Quisia's host organization for the time she was there. Our funding partner organizations for this project are the Robert Schalkenbach Foundation and the IU. Before leaving for Caracas, Gonzalez and Alanna Hartzokwere interviewed on the Harold Channer  Show, which now can be viewed YouTube  

Click the link for more information or to enroll in the ERI LAND RIGHTS COURSE

 

 
 
 

ERI NEEDS YOUR HELP FOR 2013/2014


HELP US TO CONTINUE OUR IMPORTANT WORK!!!

Send checks to

Earth Rights Institute, 1127 18th Street #4

SANTA MONICA, CA 90403

 



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ERI Publication

Publications - The Earth Belongs to Everyone

A compilation of articles and essays by ERI Co-Director Alanna Hartzok    has received the Radical Middle Book Award. This annual award is given to books that best exemplify a politics that  are grounded in practical reality, and at the same time are deeply creative and imaginative.

The 360 page book sets forth the vision and policy foundation for "Earth Rights Democracy" as an essential ethical basis necessary to secure other economic human rights and to create a world of peace and plenty for all.

"The Earth Belongs to Everyone" presents a large and hopeful worldview with profound possibilities for transformational action for peace, economic justice, and environmental restoration. 

The book alone is $25. 

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