Indigenous Peoples Condemn Climate Talks Fiasco and Demand Moratoria on REDD+

December 14, 2011 – Indigenous leaders returning from Durban, South Africa condemn the fiasco of the United Nations climate change talks and demand a moratorium on a forest carbon offset scheme called REDD+ which they say threatens the future of humanity and Indigenous Peoples’ very survival. During the UN climate negotiations, a Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities against REDD+ and for Life was formed to bring attention to the lack of full recognition of Indigenous rights being problematic in the texts of the UN climate negotiations. Continue reading


Durban, South Africa (6/12/11)–Members of the Canadian Youth Delegation and the Indigenous Environmental Network held a welcome party to formally receive Environment Minister Peter Kent and his tar sands pushers to the UN climate negotiations. As conference delegates entered the negotiations this morning, the welcoming committee handed out samples of tar sands on behalf of Kent, along with tourism brochures for Canada’s scenic tar sands. Continue reading

COP17: Indigenous activists from North America join African activists to target Shell

Durban: In Canada and the United Kingdom, Indigenous activists and their supporters targeted Shell today for violating agreements made with Indigenous communities in Canada. In Durban, site of the ongoing UN climate talks, activists from Canada joined activists from Africa to denounce Shell and their repeated violations of human rights and environmental regulations. Appearing outside a Shell refinery, a number of Indigenous activists joined with youth from Canada and Africa to support the community of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN), who recently announced their lawsuit against Shell. Continue reading


The participants of the workshop on REDD and Biocultural Protocols organized by the Indigenous Peoples Biocultural Climate Change Assessment (IPCCA), from Ecuador, Panama, India, Nicaragua, Peru and Samoa met on 24 and 25 November 2011 in Durban, South Africa to share emergent findings and analyse how REDD is affecting our territories in order to respond through our assessments. We discussed strategies for addressing climate justice. Continue reading

Mobilisations are starting ahead of the Summit on Climate Change in Mexico

With its six caravans, La Via Campesina and its allies will propose alternatives to the climate crisis and to the lack of responsible agreement between governements. The caravans will stop at various places of peasant, social and environmental struggles, as well as at the world alternative Forum and for a large demonstration taking place in Cancun as well as in the rest of the world, on December 7th.

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Indigenous groups condemn REDD as a threat

by Indigenous Environmental Network

[23 April, 2010] As Earth Day celebrations commence around the world, indigenous peoples from across the Americas are in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to close the historic conference on climate change and the “Rights of Mother Earth” hosted by President Evo Morales. Morales, the only indigenous head of state in the world, called this conference in the wake of failed climate talks in Copenhagen.

As the world prepares for the next round of talks in Cancun, Mexico, indigenous peoples vowed today to push for proposals that keep fossil fuels in the ground, protect indigenous rights, and reject predatory policies like REDD (reducing emissions through deforestation and forest degradation).

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Indigenous peoples take on the climate crisis in Cochabamba

Daphne Wysham

by Daphne Wysham*

First published in AlterNet

[Cochabamba, 21 April 2010] Four months after world leaders who gathered in frigid Copenhagen failed to agree on a binding climate treaty, a peoples’ summit on climate change and the rights of Mother Earth is underway in the sun-dappled hills of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Convened by Bolivian President Evo Morales, allegedly the first fully indigenous president since the Spanish conquest, the conference is an attempt to place indigenous peoples – and marginalized peoples from around the world – at the center of the global conversation on climate change.

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Indigenous Voices Must Be Heard!
WHEN: Thursday, 10 December 2009, 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
WHERE: Klimaforum Blue Room (for directions go to Take the COP15 bus to Klimaforum.
Indigenous Peoples Speak Out! is an opportunity for Indigenous Peoples to communicate their message to the COP15 audience.  For too many years these voices have been silenced in the UN Process.
Indigenous Peoples from all over the world will share their experiences, stories, songs and prayers. Also, join us for free food at 6:00 pm.
Organized By:
Indigenous Environmental Network
Global Justice Ecology Project
New Voices on Climate Change Initiative

Global Forest Coalition

Contact: Jihan Gearon, Indigenous Environmental Network, +45 5268 5594 <[email protected]>
Orin Langelle, Global Justice Ecology Project +45 50532656 <[email protected]>

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.

Photo opportunity: Indigenous ritual for Mother Earth

Time: 6:15pm, 9 December 2009

Location: Liva Weel Room, Hall C

A number of Bolivian indigenous leaders will hold an indigenous ritual, involving a blessing for

Mother Earth as part of a side event held today on “Rights of Mother Earth in the face of climate


Details of side event: Rights for Mother Earth in the face of climate change

Wednesday, 9 December, 18:15 – 19:45

Speakers: Pablo Solón Romero Orozca, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations

Cormac Cullinan, senior environmental lawyer in South Africa whose work in Earth

jurisprudence is internationally recognised

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz is a Kankanaey-Igorot indigenous activist from the Cordillera Region,

the Philippines,, founder and executive director of Tebtebba Foundation and Chairperson of

United Nations Permanent Form on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII).

Rafael Quispe (CONAMAQ, Bolivia) and Cristian Domingez (CSUTCB, Bolivia)

Room: Liva Weel, Bella Centre

For more information, please contact:

Nick Buxton – Email [email protected] or ring +45 26619010

media advisory – photo op on pachamama