Tom BK Goldtooth, GGJ delegate, and Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network was a presenter on the thematic topic on Item III. Social Participation in Decision Making. This was part of the Mesa process on the second day of the historical International Preparatory Meeting for the Social PreCOP on Climate Change, Isle of Margarita, Venezuela. The description of this thematic topic was: Adequate and effective participation of social movements in the decision making process to face the climate crisis.
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Final Declaration relies on wisdom of Indigenous Peoples, while upholding their inherent rights
By Brenda Norrell
The Agreement of the Peoples in Spanish:
ACUERDO DE LOS PUEBLOS
Conferencia Mundial de los Pueblos sobre el Cambio Climático y los
Derechos de la Madre Tierra
22 de Abril Cochabamba, Bolivia
With the US and European countries pushing carbon offset trading as a primary “solution” to the climate crisis, social movements are stepping up coordination to oppose this dangerous approach and to make a collective push for stricter binding carbon reductions, reparations for industrial-driven environmental destruction, and a human rights approach to climate policies.
The Indigenous Environmental Network, the Council of Canadians, and the Alaska based REDOIL Network have issued an open letter (link below) calling for an international moratorium on all new exploration for fossil fuel resources in the Arctic region. The letter is directed at the Foreign Ministers of Canada, Norway, Denmark, Russia and the United States who will be present at the Arctic Summit in Chelsea, Québec, March 29, 2010.
"We all know the Olympics are about more than fun and games but we need your action to help get the facts heard! The Olympics industry tries to promote that the 2010 Winter Games a re making a positive contribution for our ‘social, economic, and environmental benefit’, but in reality the Olympic Industry causes large-scale environmental destruction and negative social impacts - as do many of its corporate sponsors.