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 …

We see the ongoing pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery and colonialism in the continuing devastation that a capital-centered economy, with its extractive industries that destroy the air and water

We see the ongoing pernicious effects of the Doctrine of Discovery and colonialism in the continuing devastation that a capital-centered economy, with its extractive industries that destroy the air and water we all rely on for survival, threatens the very future of global humanity. The stakes could not be higher.  We had hoped the UN’s creation of the Permanent Forum and passage …

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change 

The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change by Gleb Raygorodetsky “The Indigenous communities and their traditional territories are the islands of biocultural diversity in the ever-rising sea of development and urbanization. The Archipelago of Hope takes readers on a journey to explore the inextricable links between Indigenous cultures and their lands, and how they form the foundation …

Principles and Statutes of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature

In a 2018 climate rights case brought by young people in Colombia, the Colombian Supreme Court recognized the rights of communities, future generations, and nature to a healthy climate. Finding that deforestation causes imminent and serious damage to all Colombians of present and future generations, the Court sought to protect this vital ecosystem by recognizing the Colombian Amazon as an “entity …

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalities

Jim Crow in our Climate Crisis: Our extreme weather is blowback from energy systems that were designed and operated in ways that entrenched inequalitiesm, by Alycee Lane in Common Dreams March 21, 2019  For most of the 20th century, these communities could not participate equally with the white majority in direct and indirect fossil fuel consumption. (Photo:Pinterest) Critics of House Resolution 109 (H. RES. 109)—the “Green …

Women and Rivers Congress: as our communities and our environment face repeated violations of right to life and livelihood – new visions for our collective future must be born. And with them, new strategies and ways of coming together to share, learn, and inspir

International Rivers is honored to announce the first convening of women water leaders at the Women and Rivers Congress to be held in Nepal from March 6th to 10th, 2019. In this time of climate chaos, as our communities and our environment face repeated violations of right to life and livelihood – new visions for our collective future must be …

Hawaii aims to increase food self-sufficiency to 30% by 2020. Indigenous agriculture can help.

In order to meet Aichi Target 15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity on restoring 15% of globally degraded ecosystems there is a need to increase the participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in ecological restoration activities. Indigenous agriculture has potential to contribute to food needs under climate change, February 26, 2019  The study highlights the relevance of restoring …

A vision of a just society and collective well-being over individual benefit: Ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution

A Spark of Hope: The ongoing lessons of the Zapatista revolution, by Hilary Klein, Portside.org February 19, 2019  In 1998, Zapatista women in Amador Hernadez demanded daily that the Mexican military leave the village communal landholdings, Tim Russo What are the lessons of the EZLN’s revolutionary struggle for Indigenous autonomy, a quarter-century after declaring war on Mexico and global capitalism? January 1, …