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Webinar: From Line 3 to Block 192: the future and legacy of Indigenous oil struggles in the Americas amidst a growing climate crisis
August 11, 2021 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm UTC-5
August 11, 2021
10:30 AM EST
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Languages: English, Spanish
Despite record-breaking droughts, fires, heatwaves, and floods–and an unprecedented amount of media coverage on the climate crisis–oil and gas projects are still moving forward around the globe. We are at a tipping point: the world cannot afford any new fossil fuel projects and the vast majority of existing reserves must stay in the ground. From Line 3 in Minnesota to the numerous oil fields in the Amazon, including block 192, people are protesting against extractive industries and pushing back on the climate chaos.
And Indigenous peoples are on the frontline of these global struggles.
Across the Americas—from the Amazon to the Great Lakes, the Canadian Prairies, and the Arctic—Indigenous peoples have long advocated for the protection of their human and environmental rights in the face of fossil fuel extraction. It has not been an easy road. In the Amazon basin, decades of oil production and export has already taken its toll, with one of the worst public health crises on the planet unfolding in the shadow of oil. Across North America, oil pipelines continue to move forward without the consent of Indigenous peoples, crisscrossing their territories, putting major water sources at risk, and policing those who speak out.
Co-hosted by EarthRights International and Oxfam, and in recognition of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, this panel brings Indigenous leaders from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and the United States in conversation to share lessons on how their communities are shaping the future of fossil fuels in their territories, and what the governments of the United States and Canada can do to support them.
This event is the first webinar in a three-part series that will spotlight the struggles of Indigenous peoples across the Americas who are reshaping the geographies of fossil fuel extraction amid the worsening climate emergency.
- Omar Saquiray, Pueblos Indígenas Amazónicos Unidos en Defensa de sus Territorios, PUINAMUDT (Peru)
- Tara Houska, Couchiching First Nation, Line 3 Minnesota (USA)
- Laylor García, Pueblo Inga (Colombia)
- Rosa Aranda, Comunidad Piwiri, Pastaza (Ecuador)
- Moderation by EarthRights International
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For more information, please contact Scott Sellwood, Oxfam’s senior program advisor for extractive industries.