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Nature is an intelligent living being

Climate and Wetlands Scientists, Policy Experts and Holders of Indigenous Knowledge Unveil a Joint Declaration at Climate Week NYC

Worcester MA, USA and Sarayaku, Ecuador, September 10, 2023

The Climate Challenge is not being met successfully despite rational scientifically based insights and the current actions of governments and peoples of nation states. In this event several scientists and holders of the ancestral knowledge of the Original People of Sarayaku (Ecuadorian Amazon) come together in public for the first time at Climate Week NYC. They will release a joint declaration that the natural world is an intelligent network of conscious beings and should be granted personhood and legal rights and that societies have the duty to respect them.

Speaking from each of their bodies of knowledge and ways of knowing, Scientists and Sarayaku’s Elders explain their converging understanding of nature as an intelligent living being. They make a joint call for the adoption of a new ethic and for a visionary transformative relationship between humanity and the natural world to successfully restore a safe climate by maintaining and supporting living forest and wetland ecosystems. The Science and Ancestral Knowledge Eagle and Condor Project (SAKEC) also makes an urgent call to humanity to partner with intelligence in the natural world to face the climate and biodiversity emergency.

The event, titled Science and Ancestral Knowledge: Transforming the climate emergency together, will take place on September 18, 2023 at 9 AM at the Blue Gallery 222 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017 (between 3rd and 2nd Avenues)

For more information contact Carlos Fontes (413) 575-9537. or see

About Science and Ancestral Indigenous Knowledge Eagle and Condor Project (SAKEC):

SAKEC is a three year long ongoing dialogue between an international group of Wetlands and Climate Scientists and Policy Experts and holders of the Ancestral Knowledge of the Original Kitchwa People of Sarayaku, Ecuador. This knowledge exchange between Scientists and Sarayaku Elders resulted in a joint declaration seeking to forge a new relationship between humanity and the natural world based on the understanding that nature is a Networked Intelligent Being. The SAKEC organizers are making the 2023 Declaration available to further signatories from the scientific and Indigenous communities and the public at large.

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11 de set. de 2023

Thank you to our colleagues, the Kitchwa Sarayaku Elders, for travelling from the Sarayaku Ecuadorian Amazon for this event to jointly release our Declaration that the natural world is an intelligent network of conscious beings with personhood and legal rights that humans should respect! This is a time-tested solution that can address the climate and biodiversity emergency. We hope folks will join us on Monday, September 18 from 9 am - 11 am at the Blue Room, as noted above, to learn more!

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