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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Indigenous denouce United Nation's REDD and false Green Economy

Carbon Offsets cause Conflict and Colonialism Indigenous Peoples denounce at United Nations; Demand Cancellation of REDD+

By Indigenous Environmental Network
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May 18, 2016

NEW YORK -- A false solution to climate change known as REDD+ causes conflict and is a new form of colonialism and must be immediately canceled, Indigenous Peoples denounced at the United Nations. REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) is a carbon offset mechanism that uses Nature as a sponge for greenhouse gas pollution instead of cutting emissions at source.

“The sacred air we breathe is being sold to the highest bidder. We implore the UN to have compassion for humanity and Mother Earth by immediately canceling carbon trading, carbon offsets, and REDD+ projects in or near Indigenous Peoples’ lands and territories,” said Calfin Lafkenche of the Mapuche Nation in Chile.

“We are here today in the UN to stop the offensive of the Green Economy and its market systems of carbon trading, carbon offsets, the Clean Development Mechanism, and REDD+, which constitute a new form of colonialism and have caused conflicts, forced relocation, threats to the cultural survival and violations of the rights of Indigenous peoples, especially the rights to life, to lands and territories, and to free, prior and informed consent,” said the Mapuche leader.

Over 1,500 native leaders are attending the 15th session of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which is addressing conflict and climate today. 

“For centuries, Indigenous Peoples have suffered from colonialism and genocide. Now the United Nations itself is promoting false solutions to climate change that imperil the very survival of our peoples and Mother Earth. We are on the frontlines of protracted conflicts with governments and extractive industries that want to steal our land, territories and resources. We are also on the frontlines of climate change and the false solutions to climate change like REDD.  As Guardians of Mother Earth we should be protected and honored not persecuted and threatened with new forms of genocide,” said Tom BK Goldtooth, Executive Director, of Indigenous Environmental Network.

“To really address the issues of conflict, the UN needs to heal its relation with Mother Earth and stop promoting false solutions to climate change that threaten the survival not only of our peoples but of all of humanity.  The UN’s Paris Agreement on climate does not cut emissions at the source and treats Nature as capital with no real nor effective safeguard mechanisms that could guarantee the prevention of land grabs and the protection of the rights of Indigenous peoples. The Paris Agreement is a crime against humanity and Mother Earth.”

“The Paris Agreement is a trade agreement, nothing more. It promises to privatize, commodify, and sell forest and agriculture lands as carbon offsets in fraudulent schemes such as REDD+. These offset scams provide financial laundering mechanisms for developed countries to launder their carbon pollution in the Global South. Case-in-point, the United States’ climate change plan includes 250 million megatons to be absorbed by oceans and forest offset markets. Essentially, those responsible for the climate crisis not only get to buy their way out of compliance but they also get to profit from it as well,” says Alberto Saldamando, human and Indigenous rights expert and attorney with the Indigenous Environmental Network.

Tom BK Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, + 1 218 760 0442, 
Alberto Saldamando, human rights lawyer, + 1 415 656 9198 (English/Spanish)
Juan Antonio Correa Calfin, Mapuche leader, Chile (EspaƱol) 

Hoopa Tribe sues U.S. over inadequate protections for juvenile salmon

Hoopa Tribe Sues Federal Government over Inadequate Protections for Juvenile SalmonBy Hoopa Valley Tribe

By Hoopa Valley Tribe
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May 17, 2016

The Hoopa Valley Tribe has filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and NOAA Fisheries for violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

Failure by these federal agencies to reinitiate consultation on the flawed 2013 Klamath Project Biological Opinion (BiOp) will simply add to the millions of sick and dead juvenile salmon already lost due to the Klamath Irrigation Project.
High infection prevalence of the deadly salmon parasite Ceratomyxa nova has been directly linked to the Project and its effect upon natural flows in the river.
“The juvenile fish kills in 2014 and 2015, while not as noticeable to the naked eye as dead adults on the banks, are as devastating to Hupa people as the 2002 adult fish kill,” said Ryan Jackson, Chairman, Hoopa Valley Tribe.  
The BiOp limited the number of fish that could be harmed or killed by the Project. This threshold was knowingly violated in 2014 and 2015, with nearly 100% infection rates of juvenile salmon in those years.
"Tribal and non-tribal fisheries will be substantially depressed as adult salmon which out-migrated in 2014 return in record low numbers this year and next," said Mike Orcutt, Hoopa Fisheries Director. 
BOR and NMFS have refused to take appropriate actions to make sure this does not happen again and have clearly violated the ESA by not reinitiating consultation.
Continued catastrophic losses of salmon can be expected in the Klamath Basin given this inaction by the agencies.  
“Despite numerous attempts to make this right with the agencies, their lack of action has required us to take legal action to protect our fishery and way of life," said Jackson.
The Hoopa Valley Tribe inhabits the largest reservation in California and is one of only two tribes in the state with federally reserved fishing rights, entitling the tribes to 50% of the allowable harvest of Klamath River fish.
"Since time immemorial, Klamath Basin has been the lifeblood of the Hupa people.  We will continue to stand up for the fish of the Klamath Basin,” concluded Jackson.

Contact: Chairman Ryan Jackson (530.249.8653) Mike Orcutt (707.499.6143) Tom Schlosser (206.386.5200)

Israeli Apartheid Contractors on Arizona Border: Elbit and G4S

G4S is known globally for torture, abuse of prisoners, and the imprisonment of Palestinian children
By Brenda Norrell
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Dutch translation by Alice Holemans, NAIS, at:

Israel's Apartheid contractor Elbit Systems received the US border contract from US Homeland Security. Elbit is now targeting Tohono O'odham burial places, on the sovereign Tohono O'odham Nation, with spy towers. Gu-Vo District has said, "NO!"
Ofelia Rivas at home on Tohono O'odham land

Elbit Systems is one of two corporations responsible for Apartheid security and abuse in Palestine. The other is G4S. Both are now on the Arizona border.

Ofelia Rivas, O'odham living on the border on the Tohono O'odham Nation, said, "It is outright disgusting of the US government to continue is legacy of global genocide of Indigenous Peoples, especially here on my homelands."

The global human rights abuser G4S, known for its abusive prisons, bought Wackenhut Transportation in the US. Now the G4S buses snake along the Arizona border, profiteering by detaining and transporting migrants, with a US border contract. The G4S home office is in London, England.
The bus of human rights abuser Wackenhut at Three Points, Arizona, 
before Wackenhut was purchased by global human rights abuser G4S.
The London based corporation G4S now profiteers with the US 
contract to detain and transport migrants on the Arizona border.
Photo Brenda Norrell

Both Elbit and G4S are known globally for human rights abuses. So why are these two Apartheid contractors now on the US border in Arizona?

Earlier, Wackenhut split into two companies for maximum profiteering from misery. Wackenhut split into Wackenhut Transportation, and GEO private prisons which profiteers from migrant prison dollars. Wackenhut also once operated the security around Peabody Coal on Black Mesa on the Navajo Nation.

Read more about G4S torture and the imprisonment of Palestinian children at:

Elbit Systems has targeted burial places on the Tohono O'odham Nation with "integrated fixed towers" for surveillance.

Responding to the proposed construction of spy towers on sacred land, Tohono O'odham in the Gu-Vo District said in a statement, "The Gu-Vo District opposes these proposed tower sites to protect cultural sites on the holy mountain now called the Ajo Mountain Range. The mountain holds human remains of our people and also places of our cultural practices (medicine bundles) home and home of the ceremonial deer and bighorn sheep and mountain tortoises that are protected under the Endangered Species Act."

Read more at Censored News: US Elbit spy towers target Tohono O'odham with 15 new spy towers:

US Homeland Security awarded Elbit Systems the $145 million border surveillance contract in 2014. The contract was celebrated at Elbit's home office in Israel.
Read more about the contract at Reuters:

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