Since the first convening of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations in Moab, UT in 2012, regional groups have begun utilizing the Declaration and moving the ideas into action in their communities. They use the living document as a basis for improvisation, adding nuance and harmony between the working ideas and their community so that the Declaration can better meet their objectives. This communal engagement with the Declaration provides a useful guide for other regional groups that wish to conduct a similar process but don’t know where to start.
A Declaration of the Rights Held by Future Generations, as it was drafted in Moab, UT in 2012 can be found here.
RESOURCES FROM REGIONAL CIRCLES AND INDIVIDUALS
The Northern California Circle of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations is a regional group of the Women’s Congress for Future Generations that formed shortly after the first convening of the Women’s Congress. Here are some of their useful resources surrounding the Declaration:
Outline of Inverness Retreat — Inverness, CA retreat outline and record of what took place
Essential Concepts — A two page document describing the topics at the heart of the Declaration
Glossary — Explanations of some of the key concepts in the Declaration
Threads — A diagram illustrating various themes relating to the Rights of Future Generations
Word Cloud — An artistic rendering of the words and concepts discussed during the retreat
Convening Conversations Outline — Guidance for other groups or individuals to use to invite conversations about the Right’s of Future Generations with communities and groups
Lisa Renstrom, Chairman, Rachel’s Action Network , provides another example of those working with the Declaration: A Living Declaration of the Rights Held by Future Generations
Debbi Hillman, Co-founder of the Evanston Food Council and the Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council, will be utilizing the Declaration to facilitate the creation of a “working gardeners and land stewards” network in her hometown, a suburb of Chicago. Here is her concept paper for the Evanston Professional Gardener Network. She will be using the Declaration to inform their discussion.
RESOURCES FROM ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS
The Science and Environmental Health Network, conducting visionary research and policy development on laws and institutions that define and protect the rights of Future Generations, has created this comprehensive overview of future generation policies that can be adopted at any level of government: Rights of Future Generations Bibliography
All are invited to use the Declaration in a way that works best for their community or their objectives. Is any big idea missing that your community needs to add? Are there ideas that need to be highlighted to meet your community’s objectives? Each community will be different, but that is the beauty of a living document; by using the Declaration as the basis for improvisation, the underlying themes of this work will be recognizable throughout all communities. We encourage you to use these resources to interact with the document and take action in your own community.
We will continue to update this page with resources as they are created, by the ever-widening circle adding their voices to these statements.