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We will NOT TRADE Our Future!
Confused or not sure what carbon offsets/tax/markets are? Wondering what impact they are having on Indigenous and Front Line communities? Click the image to find a series of briefing papers that explain everything from where the money comes from to the destruction of forests in the name of saving them.
It Takes Roots Delegation at COP23
The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) and Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN), along with other US-based members of the social, environmental and climate justice communities and global alliances have platforms calling for leaving 80% of the current totality of fossil fuel reserves under the ground and ocean in order to avoid global temperatures rising to no more than 1.5°C.
How will this transition away from fossil fuel extraction be organized within our respective communities?
What will the consequences be for people, our communities, humanity, ecosystems, habitat and all life?
Issues of climate and environmental injustice and equity cannot be avoided if such questions are to be addressed.
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Bemidji, MN – On Thursday, November 8, 2018, United States District Judge Brian Morris, issued a landmark ruling in favor of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and the North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA), and other groups in the litigation to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Judge Morris’s 54-page Order overturns the Trump Administration’s approval of the KXL Pipeline and issues an injunction stopping all construction of the tar sands project. Judge Morris ruled that President Trump violated federal environmental laws when his Administration claimed that the KXL Pipeline was consistent with the public interest. Judge Morris ruled that approval of the KXL Pipeline violated the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”), and the Administrative Procedure Act because: (1) President Trump disregarded prior factual findings by former Secretary of State John Kerry that the KXL Pipeline would unjustifiably worsen climate change, (2) failed to conduct an adequate survey of Native American cultural resources that would be harmed by the pipeline, (3) failed to provide adequate modeling of potential oil spills and their impacts on water resources, (4) failed to analyze the cumulative effects of this project on greenhouse gas emissions, and (5) failed to address the effects of current oil prices on the viability of the project.
The injunction against all construction work will stand until the Trump administration can complete a supplemental review on the 5 points mentioned above.
In a widely-supported Manifesto (Spanish) released October 4, 2018, 23 international organizations, six “Alternative Nobel Prize” recipients, and 87 national organizations from five continents called for a halt to testing and political consideration of climate geoengineering. The signatories include Indigenous Peoples’ and farmers’ movements and climate justice and environmental networks, among others.
The Manifesto is being released in the same week that the Intergovernmental Panel of Experts on Climate Change (IPCC) is meeting in South Korea to debate a new report on how to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsuis. Many predict that the IPCC report will promote the use of controversial and unproven climate geoengineering techniques.
Climate geoengineering refers to a suite of theoretical large-scale climate change techno-fixes that could have devastating impacts on the environment, ecosystems and communities across the world. Proponents claim that geoengineering would alleviate the symptoms of climate change either by lowering the Earth’s temperatures by blocking some of the sun’s rays or reflecting sunlight back into space, or by capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to store indefinitely underground or in the oceans.
The Keystone XL route begins in Hardisty, Alberta, and extends south to Steele City, Nebraska where it will link up with an existing pipeline to go to Cushing Oklahoma where it will again link up to the southern half which is already completed.
It will be 36-inch pipeline and have the capacity to transport up to 830,000 barrels per day of tar sands or bitumen. In a meeting in Montana, TransCanada said they also want to transport Bakken Crude through the pipeline despite testimony in the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission hearing in 2014 where it was stated they didn’t have the technology to do that. At that time they told the commission they anticipated that they would use water as a divider between the two different types of oil.
OPEN LETTER FROM THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF THE WORLD TO THE GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA AND THE GOVERNOR’S CLIMATE AND FORESTS TASK FORCE
September 10, 2018
Ramaytush and Greater Ohlone Territory (San Francisco, CA)
Original peoples and Indigenous nations of the world gathered on the Ramaytush and the greater Ohlone territory in California supported by ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (1989) and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) to protest the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) hosted by Governor Jerry Brown and the Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF). The GCAS and GCF must not place a market value on the carbon sequestration capacity of our forests in the Global South and North.
You cannot commodify the Sacred — we reject these market based climate change solutions and projects such as the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+), because they are false solutions that further destroy our rights, our ability to live in our forests, and our sovereignty and self-determination. False solutions to climate change and climate disruption destroy both our material and spiritual relationship to the Earth. The GCF does not represent us and has no authority over our peoples and territories.
Thousands of activists marched Saturday morning in San Francisco in what organizers call “the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen” to demand action against climate change from elected officials.
Supporters with “Rise for Climate, Jobs & Justice” walked from Embarcadero Plaza on Market Street to Civic Center where organizers held a rally with resource centers and music.
Demonstrators banged drums, sang and hoisted signs that said “Rise for climate justice” and “Not a penny more for dirty energy.” They called for politicians to spearhead a transition to 100 percent renewable energy.
When President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, California Governor Jerry Brown announced that he would host his own “Global Climate Action Summit.” So on Sept. 12-14, hundreds of business and government leaders from around the world, along with experts, nonprofits, and national officials, will convene in San Francisco. Their purpose is to discuss ways of stepping up their efforts to meet the goal of the Paris agreement — keeping global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius, or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change.
In conjunction with Brown’s summit, thousands of activists will hold their own events, kicking off with a massive march on Sept. 8 and including three conferences, several protests (some including civil disobedience), a film festival, and programs to showcase the voices of the “frontline communities” most impacted by the fossil fuel industry.
When the world streams into California for Jerry Brown’s climate summit in September, they’ll focus on the things that the state considers it has done right: the electric cars, the massive solar installations in the desert, the big shiny batteries that hold some of the keys to the planet’s energy future.
But there’s another story to be told about California, a reminder that the world is always a more complicated place once you look behind the p.r. photos. Reporters and environmentalists should plan on coming out a few days before the September 12 summit; if they do they’ll have a better understanding of the real challenges and opportunities.
September 8, for instance, will feature a massive march in San Francisco, part of a worldwide Rise for Climate action protest. It won’t be a celebration—it will be a demand for faster and fairer action, action that reaches every kind of person.
The commission of the International Court for the Rights of Nature, which was trying to reach Isinuta and Nueva Aroma (communities located in the polygon 7, in the tropic of Cochabamba), has been detained and banned from using telephones and cameras . The coca growers, who are in favor of a road splitting the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (Tipnis) in two, have prevented them from entering, said Leonardo Tamburi.
On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, the Honorable Brian Morris, United States District Judge for the District of Montana in Great Falls, issued a preliminary ruling in favor of the lead Plaintiffs in the litigation to stop the Keystone XL (“KXL”) Pipeline, the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and the North Coast Rivers Alliance (NCRA). Judge Morris’s 13-page Order finds that the Trump Administration has a duty under the National Environmental Policy Act (“NEPA”) to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (“SEIS”) on the KXL Pipeline’s revised route, the “Mainline Alternative” through Nebraska. Judge Morris granted the Plaintiffs’ request for the further environmental review and rejected every argument raised by the Trump Administration and the pipeline’s promoter, TransCanada, to excuse the Department of State’s failure to conduct this additional review previously. Importantly, the Court stated that it will rule on the Plaintiffs’ other arguments challenging the State Department’s approval of the KXL Pipeline before TransCanada’s proposed construction in the spring of 2019.
Climate change poses a serious threat to humanity’s survival and all living creatures that we share the planet with. While it may be that California achieved its self-imposed greenhouse gas emission goals ahead of 2020, this does not signify that we are on track to impeding climate change or the unrelenting impact it has on our communities.
As an Indigenous woman from the Golden State’s refinery corridor, I see everyday how the policies held up as “solutions” to the crisis are actually devastating our people and environment. These market-based approaches like cap and trade, REDD and REDD+ (which California is a global leader in), carbon taxes and now geo-engineering -a risky new techno-fix due to be tested in and near Indigenous lands for the first time ever in the US- seriously harm our communities. From increasing health problems like miscarriages, autoimmune diseases and cancers, the poor, Indigenous and Black and Brown neighborhoods and lands are still being treated as sacrifice zones. Whether it be through inadequate resources and infrastructure to deal with extreme weather or toxic waste and pollution in our backyards that energy companies could easily clean up, we pay the price. And for what?
“There is a right way to do ‘just transition.” The statement echoes through the humid halls of the historic Stringer Grand Lodge Masonic Temple in Jackson, Mississippi, on an unseasonably scorching day in late February, 2018. Mingling with the ghosts of Medgar Evers, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 150 labor leaders, environmental justice activists, philanthropists, and national environmental organization staffers move from one side of the room to the other – far right for “strongly agree,” and far left for “strongly disagree.”
The group has come together to find alignment around the concept of just transition, so laughter erupts at the almost 50-50 split. But the mood soon settles. With the backdrop of a president who has filled his cabinet with oil executives, brutishly dismissed climate change, and denounced the Paris Accord, it’s hard to shake off what’s happening outside for too long: Puerto Ricans are fleeing the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria with no end in sight, #MeToo is a household term, and activists are railing against the assault on unions in the historic Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME. Those in the temple are steeped in these threats and more. But they also understand that while climate change, racism, patriarchy, and plutocracy are terrifying, they are not impenetrable, and dismantling one may lead to the unraveling of others.
We’ve been fighting this battle to stop the tail end of DAPL, known as Bayou Bridge. We have won on both a state and federal level, yet the construction continues… The hundreds-of-years-old Cypress trees continue to fall, the water and wildlife cry out from the war zone, and the people in the path are squashed even further beneath the shoes of the oppressor.
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