Cities of the future: denser, green, with more ag and white roofs

By Kim Stanley Robinson Getting through the 21st century without a mass-extinction event means making ourselves far more scarce. At least over large parts of the planet. The idea is to leave a hefty portion of the planet’s land surface empty of our presence, in a relative sense. Both the European Union and the U.S. under the Biden administration are …

Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession

Entangled Pasts: Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Dispossession, Cambridge University Press, 29 October 2019, Margaret A. Nash, Article Land-grant colleges were created in the mid-nineteenth century when the federal government took and then sold off public lands and allowed states to use that money to create colleges. The land that was sold to support colleges was available only because of …

Cutting Out Beef Could Cut Agricultural Land Use In Half: Going vegan would reduce it by three-quarters.

By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, March 05, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast Treehugger has been writing about the problems of meat forever, we have been pitching vegetarian and vegan diets for years as a way of reducing one’s carbon footprint, and we keep writing posts about reducing our intake of meat. But it is a hard sell; as Bill Gates writes in his new book, “I can see …

WV Can’t Wait! Also, viral video – Mountain State person forcibly removed for calling attention to oil-and-gas donations to lawmakers’ campaigns

By Avi Selk Feb. 12, 2018 – Also see WV Can’t Wait https://wvcantwait.com/ Video of a little-known candidate for a statehouse seat in West Virginia went viral over the weekend after she was forcibly removed from a hearing for reciting a list of oil-and-gas donations to lawmakers’ campaigns. Here is her story. You don’t run for the statehouse in rural West Virginia because you’re in it for the fame. Lissa Lucas hadn’t raised much …

Libations for the Land

“I love to think of nature as unlimited broadcasting stations, through which God speaks to us every day, every hour.” —George Washington Carver, Tuskegee University, 1930 In my early 20s, I apprenticed myself to the The Queen Mothers of Kroboland in Ghana with the hope of understanding more about my cultural heritage. Early one morning, I arrived at the compound …

Indigenous Rights under the light of Energy Exploitation

‘Indigenous Rights under the light of Energy Exploitation’ 56 (2013) German Yearbook of International Law 315-350 by Alexandra Xanthaki Indigenous rights at the United Nations: Their impact on international human rights standards’ (2014) 3/4 Europa Ethnica Natural Resources,Community Based Natural Resources Management,Environment and natural resources conservation,Indigenous Peoples Rights,Indigenous rights …more ▾ This article discusses how energy exploitation impacts on indigenous peoples’ rights. …

By Leroy Littlebear 1982 – St. Catherine’s Milling and Lumber Co. v. The Queen

By Leroy Littlebear 1982 – St. Catherine’s Milling and Lumber Co. v. The Queen[6], handed down by the Privy Council.  The Council held “that the tenure of the Indians as a personal and usufructuary right, dependent on the goodwill of the sovereign”; that there has been all along vested in the Crown a substantial and paramount estate, underlying the Indian’s …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

Colonialism is the interplay of dispossession, dependency and oppression

Art Manuel: The Reconciliation Manifesto, 2007 Truth must come before reconciliation Loss of our land that has been the precise cause of our impoverishment Systemic impoverishment is used as a weapon by Canada to keep us too poor and weak to fight back. It is used to bribe and co-opt Indigenous leadership into becoming neo-colonial partners to treat the symptoms …

Sovereignty’s Alchemy: An Analysis of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, by John Borrows

Sovereignty’s Alchemy: An Analysis of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, by John Borrows. Borrows, John. “Sovereignty’s Alchemy: An Analysis of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia.” Osgoode Hall Law Journal 37.3 (1999): 537-596.https://digitalcommons.osgoode.yorku.ca/ohlj/vol37/iss3/3 In Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its long-awaited judgment on the status of Aboriginal title under section 35 (1) of the Constitution Act, 1982. The decision was regarded as highly …