Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 11, 2012

Climate Vultures Circling Rio

Climate vultures circling Rio

Forecast for Rio+20: ‘Green Capitalism’ as Indigenous Peoples press for the Rights of Nature

By Brenda Norrell
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Indigenous Peoples are carrying the mandates established in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainability in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during June. However, before the conference even begins, the prospects are dismal, as Bolivia warns of “Green Capitalism.”
The forecast is that the profiteering countries of the world will continue to stalk and destroy nature for profit.
Indigenous Peoples increasingly view the United Nations as a place for empty rhetoric and no results, with scam climate solutions, distractions to waste time, and a pattern of appointing people who can be bought and paid for by profiteering corporations and puppet governments.

At Rio+20, Bolivia is carrying forward the protocols established at the World Peoples Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2010. The goal is the elimination of poverty through redistribution of wealth and restoration of the earth’s equilibrium.

Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse said he will travel to Rio de Janeiro for the gathering. With prayers planned in many regions, Chief Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, urged prayers for an energy shift to bring about healing on in June, 2012.
"On June 21st I will pray with thousands of People at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development or Rio+20 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil." Read more:

On the Kari-Oca Caravan, Rio is the destination. As it passed through Peru during the first week of June, Franklin Toala and Mario Santi, two leaders from the Amazonian Kichwa community, were onboard.

Toala says that in government-led conservation programs in Ecuador, there is “no real conservation.” He says this because in Ecuador, oil exploration can take place even in forests that are placed under protection.

A priority at Rio+20 will be the right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent, a critical theme in Ecuador’s indigenous movement. FPIC means that any entity that wants to begin activities on indigenous lands and territories, must first have the approval of the community. More:

Earlier, Indigenous Peoples from around the world established the Rights of Nature in Cochabamba in 2010, mandating the creation of an international climate court of justice and the elimination of the false soulution of carbon credits.

Now, as Rio+20 seeks to eliminate serious climate discussions from the agenda of sustainability, Bolivia reiterates the Rights of Nature, stressing that world leaders must not fail to establish real protocols to reduce greenhouse gases.

Bolivia said in its proposal to Rio+20 that the carbon market schemes, which allow the worst polluters to continue polluting, must be eliminated and replaced with real solutions. The worst global polluters include coal-fired power plants. Further, to restore balance, and ensure sustainability, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund must be replaced.
“An International Tribunal of Environmental and Climate Justice must be established to judge and sanction crimes against nature that transcend national borders, violating the rights of nature and affecting humanity,” Bolivia said in its Rio+20 proposal, based on the Cochabamba protocols.

Bolivia also warns of ‘Green Capitalism’ at Rio+20. “Green” capitalism will bring about natural resource grabbing, displacing humanity and nature from the essential elements needed for their survival. The drive for profit, instead of reestablishing harmony within the system, will provoke even greater imbalances, concentrations of wealth, and speculative processes.”
Out of control development must also cease. “When growth begins to break that balance, as we see with global warming, we can no longer speak of it as development, but rather, the deterioration and destruction of our home.”

There must be equilibrium of the three pillars of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental. “The so-called ‘developed’ countries must reduce their levels of over-consumption and overexploitation of resources of the world in order to reestablish harmony among human beings and with nature, allowing for the sustainable development of all developing countries.”
Mankind must recognize the rights of nature and not just the rights of human beings. “We have to end the system of consumption, waste and luxury.” Forests are essential to the balance and integrity of planet Earth.

Further, a sustainable future means food production by farmers, Indigenous Peoples and small agricultural producers, along with access to land, water, seeds and credit.
“Without water, there is no life. Humans and all living things have the right to water, but water also has rights,” Bolivia said. The altered hydrological cycle causes desertification, lack of food, temperature increase, sea level rise, migrations, acid rain, and physical-chemical changes that could provoke the loss of genetic and species diversity, damaging the health of ecosystems.

Dr. Peter Carter at the Climate Emergency Institute warns of the dismal outlook and failed vision planned for RiO+20, as the agenda eliminates the crises of the climate and the environment.
"The only course of action for real human beings is to abandon all confidence in the criminal corrupt international world order and push ahead as best they can with the Cochabamba Peoples Agreement and the traditional customary laws and Earth respecting world order of the global indigenous peoples. They always were the real leaders of the world," Dr. Carter said. Read more:

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1 comment:

Steve Salmony said...

This situation is no longer deniable. During my lifetime, many have understood the Global Predicament we are facing now, but only a few 'voices in the wilderness' were willing to speak out loudly and clearly about what everyone can see. It is not a pretty sight. The human community has precipitated a planetary emergency that only humankind is capable of undoing. The present 'Unsustainable Path' has to be abandoned in favor of a "road less travelled by". It is late; there is no time left to waste. Perhaps now we will gather our remarkably abundant, distinctly human resources and respond ably to the daunting, human-induced, global challenges before us, the ones that threaten life as we know it and the integrity of Earth as a fit place for human habitation. Many voices, many more voices are needed for making necessary changes.