User: irge304 Topic: Environmental Justice Issues
Category: Indigenous People
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Australia's interest in Bougainville's independence is far from locals' wishes | Kristian Lasslett 20.5.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Australia’s diplomatic push into Bougainville coincides with a referendum on independence and calls to reopen the mine that was closed by bloodshed Amid elections on Bougainville, news broke that the Abbott government will establish a new diplomatic mission in this autonomous region of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Australians were subsequently banned by the PNG government from travelling there. The announcement has surprised many, including PNG’s prime minister, who faces an impending referendum over Bougainville’s ...
Ecuador's president urges Brad Pitt to scrap Amazon oil spill movie 15.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Socialist leader Rafael Correa concerned film will be based on a book he alleges covered up actions of oil giant Chevron

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Australia lobbies Unesco to stop it from listing Great Barrier Reef as 'in danger' 15.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Frantic efforts to avoid adverse status for reef which could foil government plans to open up vast region in Queensland for new coal mines Read more: The financial case against Australia’s largest coal mine The Australian government is undertaking frantic diplomatic efforts to avoid the Great Barrier Reef being listed as “in danger” by the UN, amid rising international concern over the opening up of a vast region in the state of Queensland for gigantic new coal mines ...
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How tribal Indians beat big coal firms 12.5.2015 BBC News: AsiaPacific
The tribespeople who took on big coal firms - and won
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Kimberley landowner stands guard as oil company prepares for fracking 1.5.2015 Guardian: Environment

Buru Energy has government approval to frack but one Yawuru man who is camped out at the entrance to the exploration site keeps turning them back

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The fossil fuel industry is condemning us to climate disaster 24.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
We must restructure the world energy usage and embark on a renewable revolution. Take a stand to stop business as usual and keep fossil fuels in the ground The warnings from our most respected scientists are loud and clear and their findings are irrefutable. Science demands that average global temperature rises must stay below 2C if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. The world cannot wait until 2050, 2040 or even 2030 to act. The World Bank’s sobering report, Turn Down the Heat , told us in 2013 that without serious policy changes the world will warm by an average of 4C by the end of the century. Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Angela Merkel’s adviser, concludes, “the difference between [2C and 4C] is human civilisation”, and Professor James Hansen warns that even a 2C rise will cause “major dislocations for civilisation”. Every year through subsides UK citizens give £2.5bn in taxes to the oil, gas and coal ...
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Conservation and the rights of tribal people must go hand in hand 23.4.2015 Guardian: Environment
Tribal peoples’ survival depends on the land they have lived in harmony with for generations, yet they are being evicted from protected areas in the name of conservation Evidence is growing that conservation – enforced by the creation of protected areas and policed by anti-poaching squads – leads to the eviction and abuse of vast numbers of people, especially tribal peoples, and is also failing to check the deepening environmental crisis. A new approach is urgently needed. Conservation should centre on protecting the land rights of the peoples to whom these vitally important areas are home. Tribal peoples are better at looking after their environments than anyone else – their survival depends on it. When the Maasai were removed from Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania in 1974 , poaching increased; the eviction of indigenous people from Yellowstone Park in the United States in the late 19th century led to overgrazing by elk and bison; Aborigines in Australia have used controlled burning to protect forests from ...
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'We're going to resist': Brazil's indigenous groups fight to keep their land in face of new law 23.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

PEC 215, a proposed amendment to Brazil’s constitution, threatens to make worse the already fragile plight of the country’s impoverished indigenous communities

From downtown São Paulo, the Pico do Jaraguá – the crest of a mountain ridge on the city’s north-western horizon – looks like a broken tooth, crowned by a towering TV antenna. Just beyond the rocky peak and down a steep, deeply rutted, unmade road, lies the nascent village of Tekoa Itakupe, one of the newest fronts in Brazil’s indigenous people’s struggle for land to call their own.

Related: Indian tribe in São Paulo faces eviction – in pictures

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Tribal peoples have a crucial role to play in global conservation 23.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
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Government attempts to muzzle Greenpeace India are 'illegitimate' and 'repressive' - open letter 22.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

The Indian government’s decision to freeze the NGO’s bank accounts has prompted an open letter of solidarity from civil society, addressed to the minister of home affairs

Dear minister,

The move by the central government to freeze Greenpeace India’s bank accounts and block sources of funds, is a blatant violation of the constitutional rights to freedom of expression and association. It also seems to be an attempt to warn civil society that dissent regarding development policies and priorities will not be tolerated, even when these are proving to be ecologically unsustainable and socially unjust. These are dangerous signs for the future of democracy in India.

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Honduras is world’s number one for killing environmental activists 22.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

Report by NGO Global Witness finds that globally people are being killed “in record numbers” defending land and the environment

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By evicting the homelands, Australia has again declared war on Indigenous people | John Pilger 22.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Australia occasionally interrupts its ‘normal’ mistreatment of Aboriginal people to deliver a frontal assault, like the closure of Western Australia’s homelands Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to “support” the homelands. Vulnerable populations, already denied the basic services most Australians take for granted, are on notice of dispossession without consultation, and eviction at gunpoint. Aboriginal leaders have warned of “a new generation of displaced people” and “cultural genocide”. The homelands are seen as a threat to white power. Where would the dispossessed go? Where would they live? It closed the shop, so people could not ...
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Environmental defenders tell inquiry that Coalition cuts will mean closures 21.4.2015 Guardian: Environment

Senate inquiry hears federal government’s push to end tax-deductible status to legal centres that challenge big business leaves them in dire straits

Legal centres that have acted as key watchdogs against environmental breaches by big business are on the brink of demise amid a push by the Abbott government to end tax deductions for their donors, a Senate inquiry has heard.

The first hearing of a Greens-instigated inquiry into the government’s “attacks on the environment” was told federal funding cuts would force the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) in the Northern Territory to close in weeks, and the South Australian and ACT offices in the next six months.

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WorldViews: Why India is at war with Greenpeace 9.4.2015 Washington Post: World
India’s environmental war are heating up.On Thursday, India suspended Greenpeace India’s ability to receive foreign funds and froze its bank accounts on Thursday, the latest in a series of run-ins the global green watchdog has had with the government here in the past five years.Read full article ...
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Dancing in one of the driest places on Earth 9.4.2015 CNN: Top Stories
South America's Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, resembles some of the faraway planets monitored by giant telescopes there.
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Canada mining firm compensates Papua New Guinea women after alleged rapes 4.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
  • Watchdog reported pattern of extreme sexual violence by security workers
  • 11 tribal women said a previous ‘remedy framework’ for 137 women fell short

A Canada-based gold mining company is paying compensation to a group of tribal women and girls who allege they were assaulted and raped by police and security guards at the company’s mine in Papua New Guinea.

The 11 women, who were aged between 14 and in their 80s when the alleged crimes took place, are among 137 local Enga women and girls who had previously been compensated by Barrick Gold Corporation, after allegations of sexual violence, including gang rape and imprisonment, by armed security guards and police officers at the Porgera mine.

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It's not just Indigenous Australians v. Adani over a coal mine. We should all join this fight | Blair Palese 3.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
The Wangan and Jagalingou people’s battle with big coal at Carmichael will test both our commitment to native title and our national values The Wangan and Jagalingou people’s rejection of the Indigenous land use agreement with Adani for land designated for the Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin will put our national values to the test. The decision is simple – a choice between preserving our history, our land and our environment or giving in to the interests of big coal and gas. Although this is a major test case of Australia’s commitment to the principles set out in the Native Title legislation, it is definitely not the first instance of Indigenous communities fighting against the encroachment of fossil fuels on their culture and territories across the world. This is the starting point of life. We consider this as our place of where we come from, our dreaming. If this mine proceeds, it will destroy every connection there is with our ancestors and our laws and ...
Immigration: the big issue that the left just can’t get right 31.3.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Ukip and the Tories dominate the immigration debate with questions about economic costs and benefits. It’s time for Labour to start talking about what ‘British values’ really are. After all, humanity has a worth beyond money Everything was, very briefly, going OK for the Labour party, and then it brought out its immigration mug . It was a simple red mug, with the words “Controls on Immigration”; it is one of the party’s five pledges. The others are either infuriatingly vague (“An NHS with time to care”) or pointlessly catch-all (“A country where the next generation can do better than the last”). But the immigration pledge is the worst, having neither any foundation in policy (bar some very mild notions of benefit-parsimony), nor any basis in politics. Plus, who would drink from that? The party doesn’t even understand what a mug is ...
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Anglican bishops' letter urging fossil fuel divestment 30.3.2015 Guardian: Environment

Seventeen bishops and archbishops tell Anglican church investments in fossil fuel companies incompatible with a just and sustainable future

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Jacky Green: 'Nothing has really changed since whitefellas came. First it was horses now bulldozers' 30.3.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Garrwa artist and activist talks about the politics of his art, big mining on his ancestral lands, and how history consistently conspires to dispossess Indigenous peoples

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