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Frontline Solidarity: Indigenous, Migrant, and Black Communities from the US and Canada Unite with Refugees and Migrant Communities in Paris
When: Wednesday December 9, 2015 at 10am
Where: Hippodrome de Vincennes, 2 route de la Ferme, 75012 Paris
On Wednesday, December 9th grassroots organizations from the Americas will join with migrant rights groups and refugee organizations in Paris to speak out against xenophobia, racism, and the criminalization of migration. In a powerful display of international solidarity, grassroots groups will gather in front of a migrant detention center with songs, drums and messages they hope will travel beyond the walls to all those currently in custody.
“We are here to show that when the Northern countries do all they can to raise physical and mental border, we the people from all over the world, from Jackson, Mississippi to Fresnes in Ile-de-France, we stand for climate and social justice and against xenophobia, islamophobia and negrophobia” said Almamy Kanouté, french grassroot activist.
“While the US, Europe and the Global North have been the largest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions, the Global South had been bearing the brunt of the impact. Rising food scarcity, drought and floods are driving global conflicts, war, and climate migration from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The global community has a human rights responsibility to refugees fleeing violence and fleeing for their lives,” said Cindy Wiesner of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance.
“As frontline communities in the US, our delegation is made up of Indigenous, Black, Latino, Asian and migrant working class communities. We know state repression, vigilante violence, and xenophobia all too well. In many of our communities extrajudicial killings at the hands of the state is a daily occurrence. We reject Islamophobia and Afro or Negrophobia rising across Europe and North America, as well as the scapegoating of migrants and refugees, being spread by right wing demagogues and their liberal enablers” said Kali Akuno from Cooperation Jackson.
The detention center where grassroots communities are gathering is of particular significance, as it was the site of an historic uprising after the death of a Tunisian man while in custody in 2008. This uprising brought brought national attention to the inhumane treatment of Migrants and Refugees in detention in Paris.
Preeti Shekar, It Takes Roots delegation 510-219-4193, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network +33 75 14 13 823, email@example.com
Pablo Solon: Paris COP21 negotiations are New Carbon Markets Under the Name of Sustainable Development
An Analysis Of COP21 From Within Le Bourget By Pablo Solon, former ambassador Of Bolivia to the UN and an ally of the It Takes Roots Delegation.
A draft climate agreement and decision with 48 pages and 939 brackets has been presented to the ministers in Paris on Saturday 5th of December. Many things can be said about this text. For example, the words “fossil fuels” don’t appear once. There is no proposal [in brackets] to limit coal, oil or gas extraction in the coming years, and no proposal to halt deforestation. Also, as was expected, no text [in brackets] from any country addresses the issue that current INDCs (Intended Nationally Determine Contributions) will actually increased the greenhouse gas emissions gap from a surplus of 12 Gt CO2e in 2020 to around 25 Gt CO2e by 2030. Read the full analysis.
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Indigenous people fighting for their lives and way of life brought a flotilla of canoes and kayaks to Paris. With a strong message to defeat the REDD+ deal and to keep 80% of fossil fuels in the ground, tribes from around the world took to the waterways.
“We’re very, very concerned about the fact that reference to indigenous rights and human rights have been moved into an annex in the Paris text,” Cree activist Clayton Thomas-Muller says. “It means that they’ve been put aside to be discussed after the weekend.”
And the world is listening. Check it out below:
By: Joseph Purugganan, Focus on Global South
December 6, 2015 5:35 PM
PARIS – In a jampacked conference hall in Le Parole errante in Paris, representatives of groups and movements from the Climate Space discussed their prognosis of the Paris talks, and the collective message was the much-touted deal to save the world from the climate crisis will most likely end up burning the planet.
Read the rest here: http://www.interaksyon.com/article/121098/cop-out-21–reject-paris-climate-deal-that-will-burn-planet—ngos?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss
Image from Focus on The Global South
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Monday, December 7, 2015
Come find out the crucial intersections of gender, climate change, ending war/conflicts, and building economic alternatives to capitalism.
As thousands of climate justice movements gather in the Climate Action Zone, frontline feminist leaders from global grassroots movements will convene an assembly on the leadership of women within the climate struggle. The World March on Women (WMW)’s International Secretariat, members of the World March of Women Kenya, the US, and Paris, the It Takes Roots delegation, La Via Campesina, the Groupe Genre et Justice Climatique and other feminist groups in Paris will come together with for a climate justice Women’s Assembly. The purpose of this convergence at the critical intersections of environmental justice, gender equality, and economic justice, is to connect the dots between climate change, gender, war, land, and the economy. The assembly will feature speakers, artist performance, and a rally.
Graça Samo, World March of Women International Secretariat, Mozambique;
Sophie Ogutu, World March of Women, Kenya;
Fania Noel, 350.org and Collectif Afroféministe MWASI, Paris;
Kandi Mossett, Indigenous Environmental Network, USA and Canada;
Rose Brewer, AfroEco, United States;
A representative from Friends of the Earth; and a representative from La Via Campesina
When: Tue, Dec 8, 2 pm – 3.50 pm
Where: ZAC 104, the CENTQUATRE, room 200
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The nearly 100 members of our It Takes Roots Delegation’s first day was off to a packed and feisty start. Notwithstanding jet lag, they came together by 7 am to review the numerous events, actions and workshops happening, and managed to divide and conquer it. Check out our storify update where we compiled all our tweets into a collective narrative to resist climate change and our efforts to push for real solutions, just transitions and real alternatives! Read our Day 1 Storify Update.
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December 7th, 2015
Contact: Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, France: +33 75 1413 823, US: + 708 515-6158, firstname.lastname@example.org
Paris – An all-Indigenous flotilla of kayaks took to the waters of Paris today, followed by a press conference featuring Indigenous leaders from the Americas delivering strong messages: warnings of the worst consequences of climate change, and holistic solutions to protect Mother Earth. This event, proposed by the Kichwa community of the Sarayaku, served as a platform to reject false climate solutions, and to deliver three key documents designed as a means to address climate change.
The flotilla action this afternoon was made all the more poignant and necessary, following the first week of negotiations at COP21, where – despite vocal objections and protestations by Indigenous Peoples and their allies – the operative text of the Paris Accord has had the language concerning the rights of Indigenous Peoples “annexed” (meaning it’s not totally in the draft agreement, nor is it being fully excluded), rendering it’s future inclusion questionable.
“Considering that Indigenous communities often face the worst consequences of climate change, the decision to reject Indigenous Rights and advocate for false solutions is not only offensive and intolerable, but illogical and destructive to the climate change movement as a whole.” – Dallas Goldtooth, Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground Campaign Organizer. “Carbon trading and REDD+ projects are schemes to continue business-as-usual, nothing more. We, as frontline Indigenous communities, are the arbiters and innovators of real solutions towards mitigating climate change.”
Indigenous Peoples from the Amazon to the Arctic and their allies have and will continue to gather to demand real climate solutions, including bottom-up initiatives originating in Indigenous knowledge, culture, and spirituality.
“We’re here to present our proposal of kawsak-sacha: the living rainforest, the living Amazon. This proposal respects all living beings and helps achieve a balance of our planet, our Mother Earth. Indigenous peoples live with this wisdom – live in harmony with these living beings, and we’re here to protect the lagoons and the water, the trees and the mountains. We ARE the balance, we LIVE the balance and this is our contribution here in Paris.” Felix Santi, Sarayaku
“Only if our proposal is heeded will we be able to ensure the future, ensure the planet for future generations – so we present this proposal to the governments of the world and we declare indigenous peoples’ territories of vital and crucial importance to the future of our planet. There must be no more oil drilling, no more mining, no more logging on our lands and territories, and we must embrace this indigenous proposal of the living forest”.
For the second week of negotiations in Paris, Indigenous delegates are calling on their allies to push the parties involved in direct negotiations to reverse this damaging decision, thereby taking the climate change movement forwards, not backwards.
“The ground we walk on is literally melting beneath us. Indigenous peoples of the world are being affected by this climate chaos first, and our issues are compounded by the assault on our traditional territories by the fossil fuel extractive industries.” – Faith Gemmill, executive director REDOIL. “We kicked Shell out of the Arctic but immediately following that, the state and our congressional representatives called for drilling in the last 5% of America’s only Arctic coast: the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is sacred to my people. This is our home, these are our sacred places, and it is our belief that the destruction of humanity begins if/when the oil companies gain access to these sacred places. We’re here to call upon the governments of the world to recognise the rights of Indigenous Peoples within the operative, legally binding text. No more business as usual – we don’t have the luxury of time. Humanity’s survival is on the line. We need a just transition to sustainable energy, economies and communities.”
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Yes! Magazine interviewed It Takes Roots delegate and Cooperation Jackson co-founder and director Kali Akuno, on connecting the dots between local and global and how the environmental justice movement in Paris can draw from the experience of Coop Jackson in the southern US state of Mississippi. Read this insightful article
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News Article Highlights It Takes Roots’ Position On COP21: “Environmentalists Angry with Paris Agreement”
The Daily Caller highlighted It Takes Roots delegation’s press advisory on the Paris agreement, and emphasized how many countries are supportive of this position. Read the article.
Cindy Wiesner and Ananda Lee Tan on PRI’s Environmental News Radio: Climate Activists Defy Paris Protest Ban
The French government cancelled all major protests in the wake of last month’s attacks in Paris, but that hasn’t stopped the climate justice movement from making itself heard and its presence felt. Public Radio International’s Environmental News Radio filed this report where they interviewed It Takes Roots delegates Cindy Wiesner and Ananda Lee Tan. Listen to the segment.
Watch a powerful and inspiring video featuring Kandi Mossett, organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network and It Takes Roots delegate. This was from an action on Friday December 4, confronting the France based fracking company Suez which is a Solutions 21 corporate greenwash sponsor of COP21. Watch this powerful video and share it with your networks!
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It Takes Roots Delegate from The Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island (EJLRI), Seena Chann was featured in her local town paper, The Rhode Island Times, on her attending the COP21. Read the news article.
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December 4th, 2015
North America Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, email@example.com,1-708-515-6158
EU Suzanne Dhaliwal, Indigenous Environmental Network, UK Tar Sands Network
Paris – Saturday – December 5th – On Friday December 4th, Indigenous Peoples from around the globe demonstrated inside the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC/COP21) convention centre at Le Bourget. The protest was carried out to highlight objections to the proposed removal of language pertaining to both the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights from Article 2.2 of the draft Paris Accord, ending the first week of negotiations.
Despite such vocal objections from Indigenous Peoples and their allies, the operative text of the Paris Accord, as it stands today, has had the rights of Indigenous Peoples language/clauses removed, and there is now a proposal to have ‘Human Rights’ removed as well. At present, this leaves the rights of Indigenous Peoples only reflected within the preamble – which is purely aspirational text, and not legally binding or enforceable in any way.
“The inclusion of the rights of Indigenous Peoples text, in addition to Human Rights text is crucial. A Western, non-Indigenous evaluation of Human Rights does not necessarily adequately protect our rights as Indigenous Peoples,” states Princess Daazhraii Johnson, REDOIL Alaska spokesperson.
“Many of our Indigenous peoples still live off the land, living a subsistence-based lifestyle. And given that many of the world’s fossil fuel reserves are on or adjacent to Indigenous lands, we must protect our collective rights to self-determine our relationship to Mother Earth by rejecting false solutions to addressing climate change,” concluded Ms. Johnson.
In addition, many countries do not recognize the collective rights of Indigenous Peoples as Human Rights. The Western international human rights system is oriented towardsindividual rights, and so a general reference to human rights does not adequately protect the collective rights of Indigenous Peoples.
“At the moment the rights of Indigenous Peoples all over the globe are being violated by ‘green climate projects’ – such as hydropower dams – in the name of ‘climate mitigation’. If such violations are happening now, imagine what will come with a legally binding document, where the rights of Indigenous Peoples are not guaranteed,” stated Eriel Deranger, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation.
Positions against both the exclusion of Human Rights and Indigenous Rights in the operative text are said to be based on concerns about potential legal liability, if climate change is judged to have violated those rights.
With the draft Paris agreement heavily focused on voluntary market-based technological solutions – such as forest and conservation offsets – Indigenous Peoples are gravely concerned that without concrete Indigenous Rights language (and safeguards from privatisation) codified in the operative text, they will be further displaced from their lands. Green economy schemes (like the World bank REDD+) provide financial mechanisms for industrialised nations to justify expansion of fossil fuel regimes – such as Canada’s controversial Tar Sands giga-project in Northern Alberta, or offshore drilling in Alaska’s outer continental shelf. This disproportionately impacts Indigenous Peoples of the North, all the while simultaneously privatising Indigenous Peoples lands in the South for the purposes of laundering Western carbon pollution, via the above mentioned forest and conservation offsets.
“Our fight to get Indigenous Peoples Rights included in the operative text, is non-negotiable,” states Crystal Lameman,Treaty Coordinator and Communications Manager for the Beaver Lake Cree Nation. “We belong in this treaty, we have a place in this discussion. Our future and the future of our children is not up for negotiation. The removal of operative Article 2.2 is the erasure of our existence as People of Color, Indigenous Peoples and frontline communities because we surely will be the first to experience climate catastrophe”
As we enter the second week of negotiations of the Paris Accord, Indigenous People will continue to lobby and challenge those who oppose the inclusion of Human Rights and the rights of Indigenous Peoples into the operative text.
“We cannot negotiate a climate agreement at this critical time without the recognition of the rights of Indigenous Peoples, who are on the front lines of the impacts of climate change and the innovators of solutions we need to stabilize our climate. For the benefit of all human beings, we are fighting for a meaningful outcome from these negotiations, and the rights of Indigenous Peoples MUST be included in Article 2.2 of the Paris Accord,” stated Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network.
Draft of Paris Agreement from December 5th 2015 DOWNLOAD
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In a succinct round up of the COP21, Global Justice Fellow Kevin Smith gives the It Takes Roots delegation a memorable shout out: “…huzzah for the frontline folks representing so hard in Paris. A much-needed breath of fresh air amidst the greenwash and the realpolitik and the corporatisation of the talks. I’ve been particularly impressed by the It Takes Roots to Weather a Storm, a delegation of over 100 leaders and organizers from US and Canadian grassroots and indigenous communities. They are speaking truth to power all over the shop and represent the cutting edge of progressive grassroots organising for climate justice and other NGOs should really be taking the opportunity to listen and learn….” Read the full article
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Grist Article, drawing from It Takes Roots’ Delegation’s Nov 30 press advisory, highlights our disappointment with the Paris Agreement and how it lacks in any political teeth to make any real or meaningful solutions to mitigate the already devastating impacts of climate change. Read the Article
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It Takes Roots delegate and Indigenous Environmental Network organizer Kandi Mossett discusses in this daily edition of Climate Voices Podcast, how Indigenous communities are leading the movement to fight climate change, and how their communities are already bearing the brunt of the impacts of fracking and other invasive (Scroll to 11 min for Kandi’s segment):
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ITR Delegate Shawna Foster in the New Internationalist: End (War)ming! We Need System Change, not Climate Change!
It Takes Roots delegate and organizer with Iraq Veterans Against the War, Shawna Foster, shares her personal story and political reflections as a war veteran and how in the context of climate change, militarism and wars are false solutions to real peace and environmental justice. Read the article published in the New Internationalist.
On day three of the climate talks, we’re hearing about the long build up to Paris from Copenhagen. Six years ago world leaders met in Copenhagen, Denmark. That summit was billed as our chance to save the world from climate change. However the talks ended in failure and took the wind out of the climate movement. In this episode, listen to Cindy Wiesner on bringing real diversity into the movement. Listen to the podcast.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network,
France: +33 75 1413 823, US: (708) 515 6158, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Indigenous Press Conference Demanding True Climate Solutions at COP21
During the COP21 climate talks in Paris, Indigenous Peoples from the Arctic to the Amazon and their allies will gather to demand real climate solutions, including bottomup initiatives originating in Indigenous knowledge, culture, and spirituality.
What: Sunday’s press conference will include Indigenous leaders from the Americas offering solutions to stave off the worst of climate change and protect Mother Earth.
● The launching of a declaration calling on world leaders to keep fossil fuels in the ground, led by Indigenous peoples and signed by over 150
● The signing announcement from Indigenous women leaders from North and South America of a treaty to protect Mother Earth.
● Presentation of the Kawsak Sacha “Living Forest” proposal from the Amazon rainforest by the Kichwa Indigenous people of Sarayaku.
● Indigenous flotilla on the Bassin de la Villette, including Sarayaku’s “Canoe of Life” which has traveled 6000 miles to Paris with a message from the Amazon.
Indigenous spokespeople and supporting organizations including leading environmental groups will be available to the media after the press conference.
A reception and cultural event will immediately follow the press event.
When: Sunday, December 6th at 2 pm Paris time.
Where: Péniche Antipode barge on the Bassin de la Villete Canal (55 Quai de la Seine, 75019 Paris, France)
Who: The press conference will be held by Indigenous peoples organizations and movements including Indigenous Environmental Network; Idle No More, and the Kichwa community of Sarayaku from Ecuador.
• Indigenous “Canoe of Life” from the Amazon and flotilla of at least 25 kayaks adorned with Indigenous art work representing the different Indigenous cultures participating in the event;
• Colorful banners and flags; and
• Indigenous representatives wearing their traditional attire and regalia
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