What a Sight! Indigenous Activists Take Their Message to Paris

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown December 8th, 2015 Last Updated on: December 8th, 2015

Have you been keeping up with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) that's being held in Le Bourget, Paris this mont? The main objective of the conference is to come together to create a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world. There is fear however that Indigenous rights would be left out of the document.

According to The Guardian:

Recognition of Indigenous rights initially appeared in the text of the Paris Accord, where it would have been legally binding and enforceable – but under pressure from Norway and other countries, it was moved to a preamble that is only aspirational and non-binding

Reports have shown that ensuring Indigenous communities have secure lands rights can reduce deforestation and prevent billions of tonnes of carbon emissions from being emitted every year.

Indigenous leaders from throughout the Americas are in Paris to make sure their voices are heard.

Check out the video below from Indigenous Environmental Network:

Historic Kayak Action demands Indigenous Peoples Rights in Par…Yesterday was an important day of action for indigenous peoples worldwide. Here's a wrap-up! http://www.theguardian.com/environment/true-north/2015/dec/07/indigenous-activists-take-to-seine-river-to-protest-axing-of-rights-from-paris-climate-pact?CMP=share_btn_fbParis – An all-Indigenous flotilla of kayaks took to the waters of Paris today, followed by a press conference featuring Indigenous leaders from the Americas delivering strong messages: warnings of the worst consequences of climate change, and holistic solutions to protect Mother Earth. This event, proposed by the Kichwa community of the Sarayaku, served as a platform to reject false climate solutions, and to deliver three key documents designed as a means to address climate change.Full press release here: http://bit.ly/1YTRuQE#indigenousrising #canoes2paris #defendprotectrenew #ittakesroots #keepitintheground #protectlivingforestsVideo produced by Ayşe Gürsöz of The Mending News

Posted by Indigenous Environmental Network on Monday, December 7, 2015

If you'd like to find out more about Indigenous Rising and their main talking points for the COP21, please visit http://indigenousrising.org/.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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can someone please tell me who is the artist that made the music you can hear on the end of this clip???
i like it so much because it combines native music with modern style, like that i can play it in my town’s bars and stuff to let the people here hear some more of the natural vibe 🙂 🙂 🙂

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