We've often seen buzzwords like 'carbon footprint', 'offsetting' and 'net zero' used by companies touting their eco-friendly efforts; but what, if anything, does this mean in terms of their climate action? I'll give you a hint; it's not always as beneficial as some would have us believe.
It's critical we support Indigenous communities in protecting their land and lifeways from extractive industries; with one such call to action happening right now to stop Enbridge's line 3 oil pipeline crisscrossing Minnesota's lakes and wetlands.
As individuals, we've been urged to do our bit to help combat climate change. By adjusting our everyday habits to use less plastic, reduce food waste and try out cleaner/greener energy, for example; we can become part of the solution. But are these actions enough?
The Chí’chil Biłdagoteel Historic District, also known as Oak Flat in Arizona, USA remains a sacred site of immense cultural importance to numerous Native Nations; who have used the area for their traditional ceremonies and medicine gathering for millennia. Despite this overwhelming significance to them, it's under threat from being completely destroyed by mining giant, Rio Tinto.
The effects of climate change are measurable and being felt today. It’s not a theoretical or distant cataclysm that can be put off being dealt with — we have to act now. And we have to start listening to the Indigenous communities who are on the front lines of protecting our natural world because they are among the first to feel its impact. We must help them safeguard what should be sacred to us all.
Back in 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe faced a fight to try and stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from being built directly under their primary water supply -- a construction route that would also cross their traditional and ancestral lands, destroying burial grounds and other culturally significant sites. They didn't want the crude… Continue reading Stand With Standing Rock: No DAPL Expansion
Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, who has been embraced by the world's media as the face of youth environmental activism, is deserving of the attention and accolades she’s received, but there are many other youth activists who have not caught the media's attention for their outstanding work. And they deserve to be as well-known within this movement as she is.
President Bolsonaro of Brazil campaigned on a promise to roll back indigenous rights and protections for the Amazon. He ran on a promise to open up the Amazon rainforest for resource exploitation by the agribusiness sector. When he became president in January 2019, he gave control over the regulation of indigenous land reserves, via executive order, to the Ministry of Agriculture which is heavily financed by powerful agribusiness lobbyists.