Mexican indigenous communities announce, “We undertake the task of rebuilding our way of life as original communities, in exercise of our right of self-determination”

By Emir Olivares Alonso, La Jornada Friday June 1, 2018, p. 6 Indigenous communities form alliance to defend their traditional systems of government   “We undertake the task of rebuilding our way of life” Faced with the “lack of credibility” of the partisan proposals, the indigenous communities of the municipalities of Cherán, Michoacán; Oxchuc, Chiapas, and Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero, have formed an alliance …

Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study

Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact.  By Damian Carrington, The Guardian Mon 21 May 2018   A cattle farm in Mato Grosso, Brazil. 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock. Photograph: Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace Humankind is revealed as simultaneously insignificant and utterly dominant in the grand scheme of life …

Restoring original place names

This Account is Reclaiming the Indigenous Names for Mountains One Geotag at a Time: A Navajo climber is leading a social media campaign to spread awareness of the indigenous names of peaks Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park gives a view of Neníisótoyóú’u (Longs Peak) in Colorado, left of center.  By Marissa Fessenden, SMITHSONIAN.COM, FEBRUARY 22, 2018 From the Redwood Forest, to …

Ecological Economics and Socio-ecological Movements: Science, policy and challenges to global processes in a troubled world

Sept 10-12, Puebla, Mexico – Ecological Economics and Socio-ecological Movements: Science, policy and challenges to global processes in a troubled world – http://15th-isee2018.uam.mx/program.html For more than a quarter century since the ISEE was founded the international community has developed a substantial corpus of law and agreements that recognize our collective responsibility to attend to our serious global environmental problems while recognizing …

I’m Dreaming About a Modern World That Doesn’t Erase Its Indigenous Intelligence

The Disruption of White Supremacy: Why Colonialism is Failing Right on Time By Mark Trahant, YES! Magazine, Feb 2018 Melba Appawara from the Northern Ute Tribe, born in 1932, is grandma to many beautiful bear dancers. PHOTO BY MATIKA WILBUR FOR PROJECT 562 IMAGINE THE END OF THE UNITED STATES. It could happen like this: California secedes over a Trump-era order that is …

Looking at Indians, white Americans see themselves: Thinking about natives in an era of nativism

Feb 10th 2018, The Economist IN EARLY 1924 the blue-bloods of Virginia found themselves with a problem. To criminalise interracial marriage, the state had drafted a law that classified anyone possessing even “one drop” of non-white blood as “coloured”. Awkwardly, that would include many of the so-called First Families of Virginia, because they traced their descent to a native American woman, Pocahontas, who had …

Representation of Indigenous peoples in climate change reporting includes lack of substantive discussion of colonialism or marginalization and limited media portrayal of the structural roots of vulnerability

Ella Belfer et al. Representation of Indigenous peoples in climate change reporting, Climatic Change DOI 10.1007/s10584-017-2076-z ella.belfer@mail.mcgill.ca Author(s) 2017. This article is an open access publication Abstract:  This article examines how newspapers reporting on climate change have covered and framed Indigenous peoples. Focusing on eight newspapers in Canada, the USA, Australia, and New Zealand, we examine articles published from 1995 to 2015, and analyze them using content …

Shifting toward renewables and not looking back: First/original nations plan for future resilience

Excerpt from Alaska’s Small Village Turn Toward Renewables and Don’t Look Back, Yes! Magazine, fall 2017 Just Transition issue People here focus on more immediate, practical issues—but that’s why renewable energy is winning. It makes economic sense. The microgrid technology has been proven, and costs are coming down.  One important lesson for the Lower 48 is the need for political …

Environmental justice, also indigenous people creating toolkits and climate action plans, across Canada

By Carolyn Fortuna, Clean Technica, 27 June 2017  Environmental justice calls for fair treatment of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, and it necessarily includes the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Environmental justice also requires meaningful involvement of underrepresented groups in power structures in society. According to the EPA, we will achieve this …