This past weekend, Suzie and I set out from Athens with the intent of scouting out the various streams that converge to form the North Oconee River.
We had a couple of points marked on Google maps, but didn't know what to expect in person. Dressed in long pants and long-sleeved shirts, we were ready to trek through whatever awaited us.
My name is Berea Antaki and I am a Graduate student at the University of Georgia and a member of the North Oconee River Project. I would like to introduce myself and discuss my Masters research and how it relates to the rights of nature movement. I am a MS student in the Textiles & Merchandising department and my interests include craft and sustainability, with a focus on ethics and non-market solutions.
When I first learned of the Community Rights Movement and the rights of nature laws, a surge of inspiration overtook me. Immediately, I knew I had to be involved in this effort. What the inspiration told me, though, was not so much that I, Carla Cao, needed to be do this work, but that this work needed to be done. There was really no “I” in this feeling of inspiration, only a burning desire to help actualize a vision in which the environment and the people of any community can truly exercise their sovereignty. A vision of a society in which the inherent rights of the environment are respected. The Community Rights Movement provided me for the first time with a compelling example of people from all walks of life and in all parts of the nation and world bringing this vision to life, together.