Hydropower “Not Necessary” To Meet Global Climate & Energy Goals, Says WWF & Nature Conservancy

By Joshua S Hill Clean Technica, Hydropower “Not Necessary” To Meet Global Climate & Energy Goals, Says WWF & Nature Conservancy, May 23rd, 2019  A report published by WWF and The Nature Conservancy earlier this month claims that hydropower is unnecessary for meeting global climate change and clean energy goals thanks to the dramatic cost decreases seen in the solar, wind, and storage sectors. …

Children Of The Sun Solar Initiative Rises Out Of Devastating Fire

Tribal councils are developing and have the responsibility to develop long-term energy plans to adequately address climate change issues in and near their communities. The TSAF aims to provide resources to tribes who do not have an existing energy plan/sustainability plan. The TSAF encourages all tribes to research and assess their energy needs so that they can effectively utilize TSAF …

Indigenous land rights key to forest protection, which is key to limiting heating to 1.5 C

Excerpt from Climate Progress, May 2019 A new book published by Springer Nature presents a pathway to meet the internationally recognized goal of limiting planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. As part of the study, scientists studied scenarios that avoided deforestation and the role that restoration of intact ecosystems would need to play. “What we have done is the first global study quantifying the …

How the loss of Native American languages affects our understanding of the natural world

Dance is a unique way of passing on cultural stories to a younger generation.(Aaron Hawkins/Flickr.com- creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/) by ICT OPINION, Apr 26–edited Language loss can be considered as extreme as the extinction of a plant or an animal; once a language is gone, the traditional knowledge it carries also gets erased from society says Rosalyn R. LaPier By Rosalyn R. LaPier Alaska has …

Learning to tell the stories of where we are and have been

Paula Palmer does it so well!  She provides a model for us to follow… Paint Branch UU Church Sermon Adelphi, MD, November 4, 2018 Excerpts of Sermon by Paula Palmer, Boulder Friends Meeting One thing I’ve learned from living and working with Native peoples is to be attentive to place – to the earth beneath our feet, to all the living beings that surround us, and …

In at least seven states, the oil industry has backed critical infrastructure bills that criminalize pipeline protests.

An analysis by In These Times found, in at least seven states, the oil industry has backed critical infrastructure bills that criminalize pipeline protests. Sheriff’s deputies arrest Cherri Foytlin (L) and another water protector opposing Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge Pipeline near Bayou Chene on Sept. 4, 2018. Although invited onto the property by a landowner, the two were charged with felony …

Sacred Headwaters: Territories for Life

In March, leaders from the two most important Amazonian Indigenous organizations of Ecuador and Peru (CONFENIAE and AIDESEP) were joined by nearly 100 indigenous representatives from the Achuar, Shuar, Wampis, Awajun and Kichwa people in a historic Sacred Headwaters summit in the town of Santa Maria de Nieva in the heart of the territories of the Awajun nation of Peru. …

Notre Dame and the Fight for Sacred Lands

My people, the Dakota and the Diné, did not build these things and were without kings or nobles or peasants. What we created instead were the kinship relationships with land and people that organized our societies. These made life worth living for everyone—not just the mighty.  My people built tipis and hogans, where relationships were nourished and stories were told …

Mexican activist shot dead before vote on power project he opposed: Activists opposing thermal-electric plant and pipeline say Samir Flores Soberanes’s murder is a ‘political crime’

20 Feb 2019 in The Guardian  Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador condemned the murder but said the referendum on the project would proceed as planned. Photograph: Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images A Mexican environmental activist has been murdered before a referendum on a controversial thermal-electric plant and pipeline that he opposed. Samir Flores Soberanes, an indigenous Náhuatl, was killed in …