Environmental Damage Is a War Crime, Scientists Say

Jordan Davidson Jul. 25, 2019 Two dozen prominent scientists from around the world have asked the UN to make environmental damage in conflict zones a war crime. The scientists published their open letter in the journal Nature. The letter, titled “Stop Military Conflicts from Trashing the Environment,” asks the United Nations’ International Law Commission to adopt a Fifth Geneva Convention when it meets …

Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has surged above three football fields a minute, causing endangerment of people, land, and Earth

The Guardian, 26 July 2019 Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon has surged above three football fields a minute, according to the latest government data, pushing the world’s biggest rainforest closer to a tipping point beyond which it cannot recover. The sharp rise – following year-on-year increases in May and June – confirms fears that president Jair Bolsonaro has given a green light to …

America’s Colonial Climate Crisis: What should the United States’ island territories expect from rising sea levels and global warming?

Also Arundati Roy, second article, from the Boston Review, July 2019: Making people feel helpless, powerless, and hopeless is part of the propaganda. Let’s face it: the free market is not free, and it doesn’t give a shit about justice or equality. By Chris Gelardi, July 11, 2019, The Atlantic The second of the two US atomic bomb tests conducted at …

US has offered close to 378m acres of public lands and waters for oil and gas leasing since Trump took office through April 2019, more than EU emissions

Emily Holden in Washington, Wed 17 Jul 2019 in The Guardian Donald Trump’s leases of public lands and waters for oil and gas drilling could lead to the production of more climate-warming pollution than the entire European Union contributes in a year, according to a new report. The Wilderness Society estimates heat-trapping emissions from extracting and burning those fossil fuels could range between …

Community Land Trusts Are a Model for Reparations

By Laura Flanders, Truthout, July 2, 2019, https://truthout.org/articles/community-land-trusts-are-a-model-for-reparations/ This year has already seen more Democrats talking about reparations than ever, including several running for the presidency. Now, rather than writing checks to individuals, more and more people are talking about collective strategies for repair and reparation. Community land trusts, cooperatives and mutual housing associations, for example, might offer a way to transfer …

Land for the Many: A report to the Labour Party, June 2019

Home The report Table of contents Download PDF Feedback CLP motion Contact Dig deep enough into many of the problems this country faces, and you will soon hit land. Soaring inequality and exclusion; the massive cost of renting or buying a decent home; repeated financial crises, sparked by housing asset bubbles; the collapse of wildlife and ecosystems; the lack of …

Black People’s Land Was Stolen

Any discussion of reparations must include how this happened, who did it, and the laws, policies and practices that allowed it. By Andrew W. Kahrl, an associate professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Virginia. June 20, 2019 The aftermath of the Tulsa Race Riot in Oklahoma in 1921, when whites burned down “Black Wall Street.”CreditOklahoma Historical Society/Getty …

To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete

How can we create a worldwide, permanent shift to regenerative culture in every sphere of life? “You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”- Buckminster Fuller Ruth Gordon: In recent years there’s been a global awakening to the momentous choice humanity now faces: do we …

Doctrine of Discovery at heart of Saskatchewan court case

Repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery could occur through adopting Call to Action 45 of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Report – that is “to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples such as the Doctrine of Discovery.” APTN National News | March 21, 2019 by Kathleen Martens Sylvia McAdam in the Saskatchewan park. (Bryan Eneas photo) By Kathleen Martens APTN …

Elizabeth Warren Lays Out ‘Climate Solution’ Vision For Public Lands: Moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters

By Chris D’Angelo, HuffPost Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Monday unveiled a vision to put America’s public lands to work in the fight against climate change, vowing to ban new fossil fuel leases and dramatically boost renewable energy on federal lands and waters. The proposal is a rebuke of President Donald Trump, whose record on public lands …