“There’s no international legal instrument to protect the rights of those who are displaced by climate change. The US has the opportunity and responsibility to lead this effort, through its diplomatic relations, its engagement in multilateral policy spaces, and through its economic influence and power,” remarks Salote Soqo.
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Right now in northern Minnesota, the Canadian oil-and-gas-transport company Enbridge is building an expansion of a pipeline, Line 3, to carry oil through fragile parts of the state’s watersheds as well as treaty-protected tribal lands. Winona LaDuke, a member of the local Ojibwe tribe and a longtime Native rights activist, has been helping to lead protests and acts of civil disobedience against the controversial $9.3 billion project.
Biden moves to protect the Tongass, North America’s largest rainforest, from logging and road building
Ask people to find the world’s rainforests on a globe, and most will probably point to South America. But North America has rainforests too – and like their tropical counterparts, these temperate rainforests are ecological treasures.
As farmers grapple with climate change, many are turning to regenerative agriculture practices. These techniques help store carbon in the soil and make the land more resilient to extreme weather. The approach is increasingly popular, but not new.
Since time immemorial – before the European colonization of what is now known as the United States – tribes of the Pit River Nation have made annual pilgrimages to Medicine Lake in Northern California. The Pit River creation story says that the Creator and his son bathed themselves in the lake after making the Earth. Each year in late July, Pit River tribes return to the sacred region for healing and ceremonial practice. But two byproducts of climate change prevented them from doing so this year: wildfire and drought.
Indigenous Resistance Against Carbon
seeks to uplift the work of countless
Tribal Nations, Indigenous water
protectors, land defenders, pipeline
fighters, and many other grassroots
formations who have dedicated their lives
to defending the sacredness of Mother
Earth and protecting their inherent rights
of Indigenous sovereignty and self-
determination. In this effort, Indigenous
Peoples have developed highly effective
campaigns that utilize a blended mix
of non-violent direct action, political
lobbying, multimedia, divestment, and
other tactics to accomplish victories in
the fight against neoliberal projects that
seek to destroy our world via extraction.
Imagine if your entire community began to disappear into the ocean. Many communities don’t have to. In June, severe flooding sent a majority of the Kwigillingok, Alaska community underwater — but this is not a new phenomenon, and it’s only getting worse.
USDA Announces Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy, Initiates Action to Work with Tribes, Partners and Communities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today a new Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy to help support a diverse economy, enhance community resilience, and conserve natural resources. Through this strategy, USDA will consult with Tribes and Alaska Native corporations, and engage partners and communities in a collaborative process to invest approximately $25 million in financial and technical resources in sustainable opportunities for economic growth and community well-being and identify priorities for future investments.
Right now, as the country faces an historic drought, a seemingly endless fire season, and the prospect of yet another treacherous hurricane season, the Biden administration’s bold commitment to tackling climate change and prioritizing the rights of Indigenous communities is facing a significant test.
Chris Brunet points to the stumps of dead trees throughout his yard. “This whole place looked completely different when I was growing up,” he says. “There’s not much left now.”