500 Activists arrive in Durban to campaign for One Million Climate Jobs

Last night 500 activists arrived in Durban to campaign for one million climate jobs now. Climate jobs present a joint solution to the crises of unemployment and climate change, and it is feasible and affordable for the government to create one million climate jobs immediately. Continue reading

COP17: Inspiring the global climate justice movement

by Nnimmo Bassey

PAMBAZUKA NEWS: What role will Environmental Rights Action (ERA) and Friends of the Earth International be playing at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban? What will you be pushing for?

NNIMMO BASSEY: While there is a generally low level of expectation from the Durban Conference of the Parties (COP17), we see it as a great moment to stand with impacted peoples and the environmental justice movement and call for a climate tackling regime that understands the depth of the crises and the fact that the impacts are already manifesting. We will push for polluting countries to cut emissions at source and not through offsets and related market mechanisms that help polluters profit from the damage they do. We will push for legally binding emissions reduction targets to ensure that temperature increase is kept below 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. ERA will demand the recognition and payment of the accumulated climate debt due to centuries of exploitation and colonisation of the atmosphere. Continue reading

North American Indigenous Delegation at Copenhagen Climate Talks Sends Peace Prize Message to Obama:

Stop the U.S. Energy Industry’s War on Native Peoples and Lands Respect Indigenous Rights and Knowledge in Climate Deal

WHEN: Thursday December 10, 2009, 10 – 11 AM
WHERE: United States Embassy, Copenhagen
Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 24 (2100 København Ø)
Procession from Osterport Train Station starting at 9:45 am.

Contacts: Indigenous Environmental Network Media line = +45-526-85596

As Obama accepts his Nobel peace prize, Native Americans, Alaska Natives,
and First Nations Peoples will speak out about the US energy industry’s war
on indigenous lands and livelihoods. The delegation will deliver a clear
message to Obama and tell him that peace begins with just energy policies
that respect human rights and the environment.

Representatives from communities directly impacted by fossil fuel
development, nuclear energy expansion, and false solutions to the climate
crisis will speak out on the importance of indigenous rights and knowledge
as foundational for addressing climate change.

Organized By:
Indigenous Environmental Network  & Indigenous Peoples Power Project (IP3)
A network of Indigenous Peoples empowering Indigenous Nations and
communities towards sustainable livelihoods, demanding environmental justice
and maintaining the Sacred Fire of our traditions.