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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Photos Indigenous Protest Tarsands at Paris COP21

Photos by Allan Lissner, Indigenous Environmental Network
Watch powerful video as Cree, Maori, Dene, UK Tarsands and more expose this corporate criminal.

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Total oil company in France is a major owner of the dirty crude oil operations of the tar sands, in Alberta, Canada, poisoning Cree and the natural world.

Thursday, December 10th 2015
By Indigenous Rising
EU – Suzanne Dhaliwal – +447772694327
Canada – Clayton Thomas Muller –, +16132977515
Paris, La Defence, Total International HQ.
Over a hundred people from indigenous communities across the globe and the climate movement from Europe gathered for a peaceful protest outside the headquarters of energy corporation Total. The Canadian government’s on-going commitment to tar sands expansion is incompatible with Prime Minister Trudeau’s promise at the Paris Climate talks to restrict planetary warming to just 1.5 Celsius warming. The extraction of highly polluting tar sands on indigenous lands continue to expand at a rapid rate. With only one day of negotiations remaining, Indigenous Rights continue to be on the chopping block of the Paris Climate Accord.
Despite the state of emergency since the November 13th Paris attacks, the protest went ahead with Indigenous Peoples delivering testimonies from the Alberta Tar Sands, Arctic and South Pacific.
“Indigenous Rights cannot coexist with tar sands exploitation. Colonialism in its current manifestation has Indigenous communities being held as economic hostages by Canada and multinational fossil fuel corporations like Total. Dependence on the fossil fuel economy needs to be replaced with local, sustainable economic opportunities in Indigenous communities if Indigenous Rights are to be realised and protected,” Daniel T’seleie, Dene community member.
“We are seeing the climate negotiations in Paris being derailed by the agenda of energy corporations that want to continue to extract highly polluting fossil fuels from the lands of Indigenous communities.  Despite that, we are seeing catastrophic impacts on the climate and communities,” said Suzanne Dhaliwal, director of the UK Tar Sands Network. “We are seeing the drastic increase of tar sands imports into the EU with 71  new refineries planned to open in 2016. This makes no sense for the economy, communities or the climate.  People in Europe will continue to stand with frontline communities whatever the outcome of COP21 to stop the expansion of tar sands to global markets.

Indigenous Leaders Slam Calif. Gov., UN for Backing Genocidal Carbon Trading

Photo by Rosalee Gonzalez

Photo: Indigenous leaders challenged Brown's support of pollution trading and fracking after he spoke on December 8. Photo courtesy of Rae Breaux.

Indigenous Leaders Slam Jerry Brown, UN for Backing Potentially Genocidal Carbon Trading

by Dan Bacher
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At the end of his keynote address at the World Climate Summit in Paris on Tuesday, December 8, Indigenous leaders heckled Governor Jerry Brown, challenging him on his support of controversial carbon trading polices that represent "a new form of colonialism" that could potentially cause genocide.
Brown had  just finished his brief remarks when  Penny Opal Plant of Idle No More stood up and shouted, "Richmond, California says no to REDD and no to evacuating indigenous people from their forests. NO REDD!" Indigenous leaders and environmental activists in the room around her joined her in yelling, "NO REDD!" 

Lummi Youths and Women: Solidarity and Beauty Paris COP21


Photos by Deborah Parker
COP21 Paris
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US, Saudi Arabia, Norway Blocking Human Rights at COP21 Paris

Photo: It Takes Roots

Photo by Kandi Mossett in Paris
By Carbon Market Watch
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Report highlights need for human rights in the Paris agreement 

Paris, 10 December 2015. Today, at the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, Carbon Market Watch and CIDSE have released a new report highlighting the impact that climate projects can have on human rights. Join a large coalition of civil society groups at a media action at the COP21 venue.

As climate negotiations in Paris enter their final days, countries most susceptible to the effects of climate change are urging delegates to ensure that human rights remain at the core of the agreement. Countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Philippines have championed this language in this year's negotiations and continue to stress the importance of keeping human rights at the core of the agreement. Others, like Norway, Saudi Arabia, and the United States have blocked proposals to include this language.

Rich countries set to benefit from carbon schemes COP21

By Carbon Market Watch
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Media Statement 

Rich countries set to benefit from proposed carbon-offsetting mechanism in Paris

Paris, 11 December. With less than 48 hours of negotiation time left, countries continue arguing about a new proposed carbon offsetting mechanism. Key concerns relate to doubts about the need for carbon offsets in the future, the inclusion of land use carbon offsets that are likely to open a new gigatonne loophole, and allowing developed countries to compete with project financing.  A new alliance of developing countries have proposed a new text to address concerns.
At yesterday's third meeting of the so called Paris Committee, the assembly of Parties working to conclude the Paris climate treaty, discussed a new version of the negotiating text. A heavily contested provision includes the establishment of the so called "mechanism to support sustainable development", a proposal made by Brazil and understood as a future version of the Kyoto Protocol's carbon offsetting mechanisms, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI).
Carbon offsetting

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