2015 - Some new exciting projects and resurgence of previous programs
Much of our time was spent reaching out, working on grants, discussing collaborations and sharing new insights about sustainability to the general public. Our 2015 highlights included participating at the UN General Assembly UAC Ebola Fundraiser, CGO 2015 Conference in Detroit, Green Festivals LA, COP 21 Paris Summit, and Claremont College Know Tomorrow event. Our ERI Living Lab Guatemala program awaits for the perfect partner while our Udemy online course Become a Leader in Sustainable Development has educated over 65 individuals from 11 countries. Our Executive Director for ERI West Africa, Dr. Dramane Touré, has worked tirelessly to bring international awareness of the atrocities that have existed in his country. Together we are urging the Ivory Coast government to fulfill their pledge for peace and support programs that address climate change for the entire West African region. We are happy to add to our new partnership with Madame Diaby, to eradicate poverty in her homeland the Comoros Islands.
We hope you take a little time to review our 2015 Annual Report to get an in-depth look at all of our projects and initiatives! Also, like us on Facebook for updates and stories about our latest projects!
Annie and Alanna, invited partners, at the UN General Assembly for the United African Congress event for Ending Ebola and Building for the Future. March 2, 2015.
Great blessings and peace!
Annie Goeke and Alanna Hartzok
Please take a look at our latest e-newsletter for Spring 2016!
Earth Rights Institute is proud to announce that it will be a part of the Green Festival again in 2016!
SAVE THE DATES - SEPTEMBER 16-18TH AT THE LA CONVENTION CENTER
This year, ERI will have a booth and presentation at Green Festival Los Angeles (LA Convention Center, September 16th-18th),
ERI speakers at San Francisco (Pier 35, November 11th-13th), and Portland (Oregon Convention Center, December 9th-11th).
Please MARK YOUR CALENDARS
MORE DETAILS TO COME!!!
About Green Festival
"Green Festival is inspiring and empowering consumers, communities and businesses to work green, play green, and live green."
True to its mission, Green Festival is the longest running and largest sustainability and green living event in the United States. They work to create a marketplace that showcases the best of green living for every lifestyle. This three day event is more than just lines of booths, however. Green Festival showcases musicians, artists, culinary stars, etc. to make this truly a festival. Booths showcase and sell products ranging from home and garden to media and technology. There is something for everyone!
Please come and stop by our booth or come to our presentation at any of the upcoming Green Festival LA.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
DEMAND REPARATIONS TO HELP ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE IN WEST AFRICA
Our partners running the Earth Rights Institute West Africa office in the Ivory Coast need our help! In the northern region of Ivory Coast, the population is still suffering from military and criminal abuses. ERI's projects and infrastructures have been destroyed by military groups, and even worse, ERI workers have been killed.
ERI, West Africa office demands reparations on behalf of the people of the Ivory Coast. Between 2008 and 2010, Ivory Coast soldiers murdered humanitarian aid workers, occupied and looted ERI sites, tortured and raped women, and systematically contaminated humanitarian workers with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. ERI, upon request of the Ivory Coast government, helped to build a “green wall” of trees over the last twenty years that helped to combat climate change in the region. So, when the government suddenly started pillaging the trees, ERI stood up against them. Murder, disease, and rape were the results.
This woman’s story reveals what innocent victims are enduring as the Ivory Coast military continues to abuse the local population in the northern region of the Ivory Coast.
She became blind from crying so much for her children who were openly murdered by the military. They also threatened her life as they fired several shots near her and took everything she owned from her home.
Here is ERI, West Africa's report on the human rights' abuses in Northern Ivory Coast. It was written by our ERI, West Africa Executive Director, Dr. Toure.
Dr. Dramane Touré, Executive Director ERI West Africa, presented at the COP 21 Climate Change Conference in Paris. From November 29th to December 12th, 2015, around 180 countries came to discuss solutions to the global climate change crisis. Dr. Touré submitted and presented 35 ERI projects at COP 21, showcasing some of the brilliant work he is completing in the Ivory Coast to combat climate change. He has actively participated in the World Climate Change Summits since 1992.
French President François Holland allocated 2B Euros for African States within the Dakar-Ndjamena, to build the Great Green Wall and renewable energy. Our ERI projects focuses on reforestation, adapting renewable energy and sustainable development in Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger. This subsidy will allow Dr. Touré and other African nations to make more progress with the environmental challenges in the region.
Besides our Climate Change Initiative, Dr. Toure has courageously provided the official 2015 report to Amnesty International of the atrocities done to his people in the northern region of in the Ivory Coast during the 2002-2010 internal conflict to be added to the reparations and peace initiative of President Alassane Ouattara. Currently, we await for the acceptance of this document from the Ivory Coast government.
About Dr. Touré
Dr. Dramane Touré is the Executive Director of Earth Rights Institute West Africa located in Abidjan. For the past few decades, Dr. Toure, president of the Ivory Coast Green Party (Ecologist Parties) has worked to develop sustainability through numerous initiatives and develop eco-villages in his homeland in order to curb climate change. From 1993-1999, he served as Minister of the Interior and 2004 he was the Ivory Coast’s first Green Party Presidential candidate. Currently, Dr. Toure serves as the Director of the Cabinet of Studies for AID and Director for the Institute for Strategic Studies in Abidjan. Dr. Toure is the Chief of the great tribe Longo of the North.
65 people from eleven countries have already heard the call!
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This is an online public course for those who want to explore and eventually become pioneering leaders in the sustainable development movement. This course helps you to realize your potential to be a catalyst for change and to thrive in the complexities of the world we live in today. Learn how to define what is sustainable development, what policies and agendas are influencing sustainability worldwide, how to engage locally and globally in developing sustainable development, what ways communities/organizations/individuals achieve sustainability, and what methods and systems can be used to implement change. Through sharing our relationships with local NGOs, we provide the tools and resources for an emerging generation of leaders to engage in sustainability and social justice at the grassroots level.
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March 2nd 2015
UN General Assembly Hall
Ending Ebola and Building for the Future event
Sponsored and organized by our partners
the United African Congress
Photo to left of Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein and President UAC Sidique Wai
Both ERI co-founders/directors Annie Goeke and Alanna Hartzok were VIP members of the event. Invited by Mr. President Sidique Wai, Dr. Mohammed Nurhussien and Gordon Tapper from GTAH.
We would like to give a big THANK YOU to Huma Khan for having run the 2016 LA Marathon and successfully raised donations for the SWF Sierra Leone Project.
We thank the 44 donors for raising $3560.34 in donations through the EveryDayHero Fund!
Looking forward to 2017 LA Marathon for even a bigger amount.
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
Ivory Coast and Liberia Sustainable Development Project
Our Earth Rights Institute
West Africa Director
Dr. Dramane Toure NABLE
We are in the process of finalizing the funds for each section of the proposal. We hope by 2015 to start the implementation of all these amazing projects that are waiting to be immobilized.
Dr. Toure has continued to forge ahead as we get closer to being funded for a wide variety of projects that will help bring peace and stability to the norther region of Ivory Coast and Liberia.