Following the 2019 ASSEGAIA Conference in the White Lion Heartlands (produced in partnership with ASSEGAIA Alliance members One Ancient Future, The Global White Lion Protection Trust, Le Ciel Foundation, and EVOL Foundation), an alliance was formed of interdisciplinary and multicultural experts who recognise that Sacred Natural Sites are essential to the survival and flourishing of the planet. What makes this alliance quantum-shifting is its commitment to these sites’ protection through an eco-centric rather than egocentric approach – one which puts Earth first in all considerations.
Identify Sacred Natural Sites across the planet needing protection;
The ASSEGAIA Declaration was presented at the World Economic Forum in January 2020, and was scheduled for environmental conferences, globally.
Linda Tucker co-presents the ASSEGAIA Declaration in Davos
Since its inception in August 2019, the international alliance has wasted no time in advancing global legislative processes to protect the two founding Sacred Natural Sites under the Protected Areas Act of local legislature. These founding Sacred Natural Sites are:
These sites provide a working model for the ASSEGAIA Alliance and its eco-centric approach.
How the White Lions regenerate their ecosystem
Built on the concept that the charismatic apex animal holds the key to ecosystem regeneration in these sites (wolves in Yellowstone, bears in Great Bear Rain Forest, lions in Kruger), this cultural-revival model supersedes the post-colonial consumptive use paradigm. Its seismic paradigm shift is a commitment to implement an eco-centric model, based on circular economy principles and regenerative farming methods, which secures a No-Go Zone in the heart of the Sacred Sites, and establishes cross-cultural developmental hubs in the buffer region.
This model is in its second-stage implementation stage in the White Lion Heartlands, drawing multi-stakeholder representation and support, and was first presented by invitation to the APPG (Britain’s All Party Political Group) in 2014.