World Bank poised to strip human rights protections from indigenous people

 

 

A group of Dayaks photographed on Borneo in 1910. The Indonesian government no longer recognises the People as 'indigenous', which may rob modern day Dayaks of protection against World Bank financed development projects. Photo sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

A group of Dayaks photographed on Borneo in 1910. The Indonesian government no longer recognises the People as ‘indigenous’, which may rob modern day Dayaks of protection against World Bank financed development projects. Photo sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

 World Bank to roll back safeguards for indigenous people

Irin News 16 September The Ecologist

The World Bank is considering ‘reforms’ to its policies to protect indigenous peoples from the impacts of projects it finances that would devolve key decisions to national governments – such as whether an ethnic group is ‘indigenous’ at all. If passed by the Bank’s Board, the changes would strip away a raft of essential human rights protections..

Setting the standard is something an institution as powerful and influential as the World Bank should be considering as mandatory, rather than optional.
Activists are warning of a harmful regression in the World Bank’s safeguard policies, claiming that proposed changes being considered this autumn could weaken the rights of indigenous people, and others in danger of displacement and abuse as a result of Bank-funded development projects.

“This [version of the safeguards] will be dangerous backsliding into their bad legacy of treatment against indigenous people if it is approved”, said Joan Carling, secretary-general of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), a network that operates in 14 Asian countries.

According to the World Bank, “the proposed Environmental and Social Framework builds on the decades-old safeguard policies and aims to consolidate them into a more modern, unified framework that is more efficient and effective to apply and implement.”

 

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Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything

Naomi Klein’s new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, details how our  economic system and the planetary system are at war. The book was released 16 September 2014.

On 3 December 2011 thousands of people from around the world hit the streets of Durban, South Africa to protest the UN Climate Conference.  Photo by Orin Langelle  http://photolangelle.org

On 3 December 2011 thousands of people from around the world hit the streets of Durban, South Africa to protest the UN Climate Conference. Photo by Orin Langelle http://photolangelle.org

Klein appeared on Democracy Now with Amy Goodman on Thursday 18 September.  Read the transcript and watch the video here.

 

 

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Confronting Climate Catastrophe: Direct Action is the Antidote for Despair

Or, Why the UN is Worse than Useless and we need to Flood Wall Street!

Climate Convergence Plenary Address, Friday, 19 September 2014

Anne Petermann, Global Justice Ecology Project, Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees

UN Security arrests clown at Durban Climate COP shortly before assaulting the photographer.  Photo: Photolangelle.org

UN Security arrests clown at Durban Climate COP shortly before assaulting the photographer. Photo: Photolangelle.org

Good evening everyone and thank you to Jill, Margaret and the other convergence organizers for the opportunity to speak to you tonight.

In four days time, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will hold a UN Climate Summit–a closed door session where the world’s “leaders” will discuss “ambitions” for the upcoming climate conferences (or COPs as they are called) in Lima, Peru and Paris, France.

I was asked to put into context the reason for the march and actions this weekend–especially the problem of the corporate capture of the United Nations Climate Convention, which I have attended and organized around since 2004, when I attended my first UN Climate COP, in Buenos Aires, until 2011 when I was permanently banned from the UN Climate Conferences following a direct action occupation at the Climate COP in Durban, South Africa.

But I actually got involved with the UN Climate Conferences through the work I have dedicated myself to, which is stopping the dangerous genetic engineering of trees.

What happened was in 2003, the UN Climate Conference decided that GE trees could be used in carbon offset forestry plantations. Understanding that this was a potential social and ecological disaster, and being completely naïve about the UN process, we decided to go to the UN and explain to them why this was wrong, and to get them to reverse this bad decision.

But what we found out was that GE trees had been permitted in carbon offset forestry plantations because Norway had tried to get them banned. But Brazil and China were either already growing GE trees or planning to, so they blocked Norway’s proposal. As a result, GE trees were allowed simply because they could not be banned. The UN, we learned, does not reverse decisions, regardless of how ill-informed and destructive they are.

This is the dysfunction of the UN Climate Convention.

But let’s go back a minute to see how we got where we are now.

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Photos from Friday Night Plenary at the Climate Convergence Conference

Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project and Coordinator of the Campaign to STOP Genetically Engineered Trees addressed the sold out crowd at the opening plenary of the Climate Convergence Conference this evening in New York City. All photos by Ruddy Turnstone

Plenary audience at St. Peters Church, 619 Lexington Ave, Manhattan 19 September 2014

Plenary audience at St. Peters Church, 619 Lexington Ave, Manhattan 19 September 2014

 

Anne Petermann of the Global Justice Ecology Project addresses Plenary Session Climate Convergence Conference, 19 September 2014

Anne Petermann of the Global Justice Ecology Project addresses Plenary Session Climate Convergence Conference, 19 September 2014

From Climate Convergence Conference, NYC 19 September 2014  -Photo Ruddy Turnstone

From Climate Convergence Conference, NYC 19 September 2014 -Photo Ruddy Turnstone

 

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The Green Shock Doctrine

Earlier this year the Global Justice Ecology Project published the Green Shock Doctrine.

The publication announced a new understanding of exactly what the people of the world are facing in the context of both the onrushing climate crisis, and the resurgent global corporate and business reaction to address these issues.  That reaction includes the United Nations corporate trade show approach to fixing the problems, and the unwavering economic and so-called “sustainability” approach of the various Kleptocracies that rule governments local and national. It all amounts to superficial tinkering with and slight adjustments to the status quo.  Behind the scenes it is even more sinister as the hidden hands guide us over the precipice of unlimited wealth extraction, exponential disparity, warmongering, and an ecological crisis that is driving an extinction episode that may see the end of humanity as we know it within a few decades.

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The Global Justice Ecology Project has drawn the line with the publication of Green Shock Doctrine.  We must demand system change. Our very survival depends on this.

Global Justice Ecology Project’s Intro to Green Shock Doctrine

There is much being said and written today about how to effectively address the oncoming catastrophe of climate change, which is already, for many, tragically real.

There is a crucial and obvious need for a powerful global movement to tackle the climate crisis. But this movement will not be based on reform. Capitalism and the markets have led us to the brink of the abyss. They will not provide our parachute. The system cannot be reformed. It must be transformed.

The more we understand how the roots of the many issues we are fighting are intertwined, the better we can cooperate to change the system driving them. In diversity is strength, as any ecologist understands, and our movements for change are no exception.

Global Justice Ecology Project is publishing The Green Shock Doctrine as a means to help expose and examine the deeper issues behind the climate crisis and their links to many of the other crises we are facing. In doing so, we hope to help advance the effort to transform the global system driving climate catastrophe.

Read the GREEN SHOCK DOCTRINE here

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Big News! EcoWatch Live Streaming of NYC Climate Convergence Conference, Starting tonight at 7pm.

watchlivestreamnycEcoWatch will be live streaming the NYC Climate Convergence, including tonight’s opening plenary featuring GJEP’s executive director Anne Petermann, among other leaders of the global and local climate justice movement.

 Click Here for LiveStream Coverage of NYC Climate Convergence starting tonight, Friday 19 September 7pm

ICYMI, The opening plenary is TONIGHT, Friday, September 19, 2014 – 7:00pm

Here’s the line-up!

Oscar Olivera: Bolivian water rights activist
Josua Mata: Philippine trade unionist leader
Erica Violet Lee: Idle No More
Immortal Technique: Revolutionary hip-hop legend
Anne Petermann: Global Justice Ecology Project
Nastaran Mohit: New York State Nurses Association

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Introducing GreenWatch Radio with Dr. Rachel Smolker

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We are pleased to introduce a new Climate Connections feature that we will produce occasionally. GreenWatch Radio with host Jay Burney.

This initial edition features Biofuelwatch co-director Dr. Rachel Smolker and focuses on renewable energy strategies and false solutions to climate change.

Dr. Smolker talks about pressures in the US to produce bioenergy products for world markets and the negative impact that these agricultural developments cause to biodiversity, ecosystems, wildlife and humans that are dependent upon and are a part of these ecosystems. Smolker also talks about the US Military’s evolving investment in biofuels and how this is creating pressures involving both agricultural development and genetic engineering of tree and agrifuel “products.” With Rachel Smolker, Jay Burney, Grady Hawkins, and Joe Schmidbauer.

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Two Earth Watches: Janet Redman and Anne Petermann on NYC Climate Events

searchOn September 11, Janet Redman, director of the Climate Policy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, was interviewed by Margaret Prescod about the upcoming events in NYC, including the NYC Climate Convergence, People’s Climate March, and the People’s Climate Justice Summit.

AnneOn 9/18, Anne Petermann, executive director of Global Justice Ecology Project, was interviewed also about her take on the NYC climate events, and added more about Flood Wall Street in particular. Listen to both here!

 

 

Earth Watch is coordinated by GJEP in partnership with KPFK’s Sojourner Truth show with Margaret Prescod.

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