By Brenda Norrell, cross-posted from NarcoNews
Photos by Ben Powless, Mohawk, IEN
June 21, 2012 – RIO DE JANEIRO – Indigenous Peoples delivered the Kari-Oca II Declaration for the Protection of Mother Earth to leaders at Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainability, after the military halted hundreds of Indigenous Peoples from entering the area.
The Indigenous delegation delivering the Declaration today included members of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe.
The Kari-Oca II Declaration was presented to the UN Director for Sustainable Development Nikhil Seth, and Gilberto Carvalho, the Chief Minister to the Presidency of Brazil.
As world leaders seek to profiteer from nature at the summit, Indigenous Peoples, barred by the military from attending, are holding their own encampment at the Kari Oca II and produced the Kari-Oca II Declaration for the protection of Mother Earth. Indigenous leaders are demanding a halt to the false carbon market schemes which allow the world’s worst polluters to continue polluting and profiteering from nature.
Kandi Mossett, Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara from North Dakota, was in the delegation of the Indigenous Environmental Network. Mossett said only a small group of Indigenous were allowed past the military to deliver the Declaration.
3 December 2011–Thousands of people from around the world hit the streets of Durban, South Africa to protest the UN Climate Conference of Polluters.
Photo Essay by Orin Langelle/Global Justice Ecology Project and Anne Petermann/Global Justice Ecology Project-Global Forest Coalition.
Overview of the March. Photo: Petermann/GJEP-GFC
La Via Campesina Photo: Langelle/GJEP
Radical clowns. Photo: Petermann/GJEP-GFC
Nnimmo Bassey speaks to the crowd. Photo: Petermann/GJEP-GFC
Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, speaks. Photo: Langelle/GJEP
South African activist Virginia Setshedi. Photo: Langelle/GJEP
Interview. Photo: Petermann/GJEP-GFC
South African Waste Pickers. Photo: Langelle/GJEP
Nudes Against Nukes. Photo: Petermann/GJEP-GFC
Never trust a COPoration. Photo: Petermann/GJEP-GFC
Global Justice Ecology Project is attending and presenting at the US Social Forum in Detroit, Michigan this week.
What follows is a photo essay by GJEP Co-Director/Strategist Orin Langelle documenting the opening march of the Social Forum which took to the streets of Detroit earlier today. The final photo in the series is of the USSF opening ceremony that took place at the Cobo Hall this evening.
All of the photos are by Orin Langelle unless otherwise noted.
Stay tuned to this blog for more updates, photos and reports daily from the US Social Forum throughout the week.
On Saturday, we will have another photo essay from the direct action at the Detroit incinerator, which is the largest in the United States.
USSF Opening Ceremony – photo: Petermann/GJEP