Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 19, 2012

Indigenous say 'NO!' to the False Green Economy at Rio 20

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Posted at Censored News

Photo by Ben Powless

The global 1% is converging in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this June at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to unveil their “Green Economy” strategy—but we know that just calling something “green” doesn’t mean it’s good for people or for the planet. The "Rio+20" Conference is a key moment when world government have an opportunity to either act to protect our future, or continue on the same failed strategies that are threatening our future.
The 99% are also mobilizing to Brazil this June. Grassroots Global Justice and other grassroots groups in the Climate Justice Alignment will join thousands of people from social movements around the world converging in Rio to demand an end to profit-driven dirty energy industries like oil drilling and pipelines, market-based strategies like carbon-trading and forest exploitation, and extreme energy like fossil fuels and incinerators.

When you sign, an email will be sent directly to US Rio+20 Lead Negotiator John Matuszak, and to the US State Department's Office of Correspondence and Records who tracks and documents comments for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:To US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Rio+20 Lead Negotiator John Matuszak,
At the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, I urge you to reject the false solutions of the "Green Economy" and instead invest in solutions to the root causes of the ecological and economic crises that put our communities to work, cool the planet, and transition environmental control back to local economies.
In particular, I urge you to:
Photo by Ben Powless
  1. Stop destructive climate projects and unsustainable energy developments including the Canadian Tar Sands, the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, and proposed oil drilling in the off-shore Outer Continental Shelf areas of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas of Alaska.
  2. Reject REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and other carbon offset models as the pillar of the Green Economy that furthers the privatization of Nature and displaces indigenous communities.
  3. End the Era of Extreme Energy: Create just transition pathways out of resource and carbon-intensive industries such as fossil fuels, waste incineration, biomass energy, nuclear power, and industrial agriculture.
  4. Commit to reducing emissions by 90% from 1990 levels by 2050.
  5. Commit to full-scale investment in inclusive Zero Waste systems, with a transition goal for 2040.
    Sign the Petition at Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

Also see:
The Guardian: Environmental activists being killed every week:

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