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 …

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 …

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 …

Biomass of wild mammals has fallen by 82%, natural ecosystems have lost half their area, land degradation has reduced the productivity of 23% of global land, and a million species are at risk of extinction

The warning was unusually stark for a UN report that has to be agreed by consensus across all nations. Hundreds of scientists have compiled 15,000 academic studies and reports from indigenous communities living on the frontline of change. They build on the millennium ecosystem assessment of 2005, but go much further by looking not just at an inventory of species, …

Federal lands account for about 40 percent of the nation’s coal production, a quarter of oil production and an eighth of gas output. O&G drillers are also sitting on 13 million acres that they’ve already leased but where they are not producing.

Warren and Sanders say they will cease fossil fuel leasing on federal lands, but there is a lot in the pipeline – excerpt, April 2019 The Interior Department has said that current coal leases contain enough reserves to support 20 years of production. Oil and gas drillers are also sitting on 13 million acres that they’ve already leased but where they are …

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. …

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 …

A Patchwork of Imagery Hints at the Hidden Complexity of the American Prairie

onEarth  Mar. 31, 2019 Terry Evans’s Ancient Prairies project By Clara Chaisson Photographer Terry Evans has been piecing together prairies for more than 40 years. After she first encountered the plant life growing in these iconic midwestern habitats in 1978, Evans memorized their “names like poems”: the silverleaf scurfpea, a dark-violet wildflower; the prickly pink catclaw sensitive briar; the white orchid known …

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 …

Going home and asking: what has happened here? What should have happened here? What is here now? What is left of the original natural endowment of this place?

In a 2009 commencement address at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Berry encouraged students to consider whether they might be better and more responsible citizens if they embraced the concept of homecoming rather than the desire for upward mobility, which lures them to places to which they have little connection, to participate in a destructive and extractive economy. He even offered a glimpse of what …