Cafe Tacvba Singer asks to include Earth’s Rights in Mexican Constitution

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Rubén Albarrán’s commitment to defending Mother Earth is fairly well known. He is the lead singer of the band Café Tacuba, one of the most popular bands in the Mexican music scene, and has widespread experience as an activist.

He is currently part of a collective where artists and distinguished activists join over two hundred indigenous representatives with a very active activist schedule.

Rubén Albarrán for the Rights of Mother Earth in México

Rubén Albarrán for the Rights of Mother Earth in México.

It’s his last activity as a guardian of Mother Earth that has impressed us this time. Rubén Albarrán, along with a group of activists presented a proposal to the Mexican constitutional assembly to modify the constitution so that it recognizes Mother Nature as a subject with rights.

Following the example of Bolivia and Ecuador, the activists urged constituents to recognize Mother Earth as a primary subject with rights, because our very life depends on the healthy existence of our planet.

Members of the Temaca community denouncing the Zapotillo dam

Members of the Temaca community denouncing the Zapotillo dam.

We don’t doubt that this call to legislate with common sense for the Rights of Mother Earth will come to a positive end, especially because this proposal is a natural result of what is currently happening in Mexico.

Mexico City was the place where the First International Forum for the Rights of Mother Earth, and Pachamama Fest, took place, with the help of many distinguished artists, among them Rubén Albarrán and Roco Pachucote.

Marcha against the dam in Nayarit

Marcha against the dam in Nayarit.

Indigenous groups have been uniting to strengthen their resistance strategies all around their territory. Together they stand up against foreign and national interests that depredate their natural resources without considering the consequences of their actions.

For example, communities from Temacapulín (Temacas) in Jalisco found themselves in the middle of a battle against the construction of the Zapotillo dam which is on the verge of drowning their community, along with communities near Presidio de los Reyes and Agua Aceda in Nayarit. In these communities, guardians of sacred territories are defending their land against the construction of hydroelectric dams in Las Cruces.

March by the Zacualpan community against gold mining in their territory

March by the Zacualpan community against gold mining in their territory.

Communities like the Comca’ac in Sonora who have been fighting against established mining concessions in their territory and the San Felipe Tepatlánin community in Puebla who are resisting the construction of a hydroelectric dam in Puebla.

Communities like that of San Juan Huitzontla in Michoacán, who have been fighting against mining concessions permitted in their territories, or the Zacualpan community in Colima, who have been opposing the exploitation of an open sky goldmine, etc.

Legislators owe something to their people. Although history may demonstrate otherwise, the good reasons speak for themselves and they cannot go on permanently unheard, the demands of the Mexican people could not hold more truth.

Artists gathered at Cherán K´eri for a Festival for Autonomy and Defense of the Forests

Artists gathered at Cherán K´eri for a Festival for Autonomy and Defense of the Forests.

The rights of Mother Earth are are a fundamental truth about our own rights. They’re intrinsically united because of our dependence on Mother Earth, and because all living entities also depend on our planet, They are all our responsability.

United in the spirit of the United Nations of the Spirit, we are confident that the management of this group of Guardians of Mother Earth will achieve their goal, and that the rights of Mother Earth will be recognized around the world.

We know that the weight of the responsibility and the love within every inhabitant of this planet will eventually awaken, and surprise and superimpose legislators, in search of the truth.

We thank the commitment of artists like Rubén Albarrán, who with so much determination uses his voice to make the voice of our generous Mother heard around the world!