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The Mother of Animal Law on Fair Start as the Core of Protecting Animals

Joyce Tischler is rightly regarded by many as key to the flourishing of modern animal law as an area of study, practice, and discipline. She has this to say about Fair Start, and the idea of getting ahead of the threats animals face by changing our basic family systems: "I have seen the projection that there will be approximately 9.8 billion human beings on Earth in 2050, followed by the question: how will we feed all of those people? That's a simplistic question. If our planet is to remain...

Ethics Expert, Professor Jose Barrientos-Rastrojo, on Fair Start Revolutions

Professor Jose Barrientos-Rastrojo is a brilliant ethicist and professor at the University of Seville (Spain). He had this to say about the Fair Start movement: Hace unos días, me entrevisté con Carter Dillard, un abogado estadounidense con avezadas ideas para enfrentar algunas de las problemáticas que ya está viviendo nuestra infancia y juventud como el cambio climático o injusticias económicas provocadas por la acumulación de capital. Su propuesta implica la devolución de los beneficios...

Dr. Phoebe Barnard on Fair Start Revolutions

“"We are at a crossroads of human civilization - where we find ourselves facing many symptoms of ecological overshoot playing out in our climate, the loss and degradation of Nature and environmental resources, and social, economic and political tensions. From floods and fires to the loss of snowpack and water, the extinction of species, to road rage, strained service delivery, corruption, unemployment, crowding, the threat of autocracy and partisan violence - all are destabilizing our...

 

IS IT ABSURD TO URGE EXTREME WEALTH TO FUND CLIMATE REPARATIONS AS BIRTH AND DEVELOPMENT ENTITLEMENTS? CAN WE DO THAT SO THAT EVERY KID GETS A FAIR START IN LIFE, AS WE ALSO RESTORE NATURE?

Giving every child a Fair Start in life is the only way to empower and liberate people without disempowering others. And there are specific ways to do that.

This is about bottom up power. This is something no other group does, and based on nearing a dozen peer-reviews nothing has greater impacts on basic values we all share

In the climate crisis birth and development reparations taken from wealth and given directly to families can save lives and restore biodiversity. We can leave wealth at the top of the economic pyramid, and millions will die, or we can pay it back to the future generations – those on whom its true costs are being imposed.

Choose freedom, justice, and decolonizing the future, and start by being fair. 

Urge Oil Execs to Pay for Deadly Climate Harms

YOU COULD SAVE MILLIONS OF LIVES BY DIRECTLY ENGAGING FOSSIL FUEL MAGNATE JOHN T. RAYMOND 

   

Fair Start helps shift unjust concentrations of wealth and power, built by not having to pay the costs of ensuring birth and development conditions consistent with the Children’s Rights Convention, towards funding all children with equal opportunities in life and a natural, biodiverse environment.

Governments cannot assign property rights without first ensuring the human rights – based physical self-determination relative to our environment and birth-development based social relations – that justify governmental authority. And the first human rights are Children’s Rights Convention based rights a restored climate and ecosocial birth equity.

This is not charity – this is fundamental justice and freedom, or ensuring that the true costs of all wealth are given back to those harmed. This is antiracism and decolonization on a whole new level, getting international media attention for targeting the British Royal Family to back ecosocial birth equity.

Urge any group you support to disclose the destructive impact of their outdated family policies and growthwashing on the misleading progress they claim. You will be surprised.

 

Per our recent Newsweek pieces and multiple peer-reviews, as early as 1974 family planning should have been universally determined by the presence of resources to assure ecosocial birth equity, as the first human right and fundamental baseline for cost and benefits. The failure to ensure these birth and development conditions means we have children in a way that benefits some at deadly cost to others.

Paying back those costs in the form of family planning reparations is the most effective way to solve these crises, and many are leading by example and paying what they owe.

Starting Upstream:

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 An ecosocial fair start in life is the first human right – it precedes and overrides all others. It is what children are entitled to under the Children’s Rights Convention. And the first sources to fund those starts are the ecocidal and white supremacist concentrations of wealth going into pushing women to have kids as economic inputs rather than empowered citizens. 

Ask anyone claiming to do any form of good, whether they are conservative, liberal or otherwise inclined, how they have accounted for children being born into the world, and whether they are investing in those children to give them a fair start, or exploiting them for growth. Do they support family planning entitlements that ensure parental delay and readiness, relocation, leveling the playing field for all kids, and smaller or more ecocentric families? Or are they putting millions of innocent lives at risk to make money?

If we start equal, we end free. Government by the people means relative self-determination as freedom. By definition that requires climate restoration via birth equity, and moving towards conditions of birth and development as the exclusive cause of the people we become, conditions created through a level of equitable investment in each child that reverses ecological overshoot.

We can empirically test whether systems are ensuring such freedom by treating growth beyond optimal community size ranges as inverse to freedom for all. A vision of that would simply ask whether families in a given nation are raising children to ensure functional constitutional conventions or not? 

Being free means being obligated only to follow laws which begin by empowering each person, to be relatively self-determining, in a measurable way.

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