Land Matters: How Securing Community Land Rights Can Slow Climate Change and Accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals

There is a strong and compelling environment and development case to be made for securing indigenous and community lands. Securing collective land rights offers a low-cost, high-reward investment for developing country governments and their partners to meet national development objectives and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Securing community lands is also a cost-effective climate mitigation measure for countries when compared …

One language becomes extinct every other week. Indigenous people hold knowledge and protect life: The 22 percent of the world’s land indigenous people occupy holds 80 percent of its species, much of its forests

Colonization is a “structure rather than an event” and federal policies, broken treaties and public attitudes exacerbate “economic distress and keep tribal people separate, unequal and exposed to predatory interests.” There’s a Vanishing Resource We’re Not Talking About, In These Times, Feb 1, 2019 “Capitalist economies that stress on nonstop economic growth … are paving the way to the homogenization of …

How Capitalism Turned Women Into Witches: Sylvia Federici’s new book explains how violence against women was a precondition for capitalism

How Capitalism Turned Women Into Witches: Sylvia Federici’s new book explains how violence against women was a precondition for capitalism. Sady Doyle, In These Times, Jan 31, 2019 Illustration by Johnny Miller, Federici traces how capitalism affects and infects the “private,” feminine sphere of unwaged domestic and reproductive work. The Italian socialist feminist Silvia Federici is mandatory reading to understand gender politics in …

Losing Earth? Realign with Original Free Peoples’ Great Law and Find Her Again

By David Ratcliffe, rat haus reality press,  November 18, 2018, Essential Reading | co-globalize | rat haus | Index | Search | tree ( PDF | text only formats ) The law prevails, what we call the Great Law, the common law, the natural law. The law says if you poison your water, you’ll die. The law says that if you poison the air, you’ll suffer. The law says if you degrade where you live, you’ll suffer. The …

2018 Lancet report on health and climate: India’s workforce output loses 75 billion man hours (7% decline) due to heatwave conditions.

LaCroix, Dec 2018 Climate change hits Indian farmers, Caritas helps the most vulnerable face challenges such as higher temperatures, drought and unseasonal rains Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar, India, December 18, 2018 A farmer in Kerala, India. (Photo from Pixabay) It was mid-April when Ishwar Ram decided to end his life. He swallowed rat poison in an attempt to get his debt-stricken family out …

City platform example from Vancover

“We’ll never get what we need, unless we ask for it.” — Jean Swanson https://www.votecope2018.ca/platform_summary Tax the Mega Rich to Help the Rest of Us “Mansion Tax”: add an extra tax on properties worth over $5 million to generate about $1 billion over four years to end homelessness, fund public housing, and start restoring indigenous land “Big business” tax: lower commercial …

The spiritual side of Idle No More

The critical moment of decision (when the eighth fire is lit) is when humankind decides that materialism is equal to environmental catastrophe for everyone. The eighth fire will be lit when a path of respect, wisdom and spirituality is chosen – spiritual illumination will unfold. Many in Idle No More believe this, as do I. UPDATED MAY 11, 2018, THE CANADIAN …

17th Protecting Mother Earth Conference

The LSqualli-Absch, the Nisqually People, Indigenous Environmental Network and Indigenous Climate Action hosted the 17th Protecting Mother Earth Conference that attended by an estimated 2500 people at Frank’s Landing, site of the 1960s fishing wars that led to the 1974 Boldt Decision — a convergence of U.S. and Canadian Indigenous grassroots, frontline communities and Native Nations in order to build and strengthen strategic …

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 …