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Shock in Colombia over murder of 14-year-old indigenous activist-The Guardian

A 14-year old indigenous activist has been murdered in Colombia, prompting horror and shock at the latest in a spate of killings of environmentalists and social leaders in the South American country. Breiner David Cucuñame was shot dead on Friday while on patrol with the Indigenous Guard, an unarmed group which seeks to protect indigenous lands from incursions by the country’s...

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What is Climate Justice? Global Witness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNEZBreo4gM&feature=emb_logo The ways in which we talk about the climate crisis have changed a lot in recent years. For a long time, global warming was primarily understood as an environmental concern – think images of wildfires, floods and extreme weather, along with various calls to “save the planet”, “save the rainforest”, and “save the polar...

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“The Earth is speaking: she tells us we have no more time.” These were the words of Txai Suruí – a 24-year-old activist from the Brazilian Amazon – as she spoke at the opening ceremony of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, the only Indigenous woman to do so. Global Witness

“It is a huge responsibility to be representing Indigenous Peoples. We are a large and diverse group, with different cultures and realities. Some suffer with deforestation, others with illegal mining. I speak about the Amazon rainforest because it is the place I live and was born,” said Txai when talking about her experience in Glasgow. The Brazilian Amazon featured heavily in the...

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‘Environmental defenders are being killed’: living on the frontline of global heating-The Guardian

From extreme weather obliterating homes to rising sea levels ruining crops, climate breakdown is a terrifying daily reality for many Throughout the 2021 United Nations climate change conference, the Guardian will be publishing the stories of the people whose lives have been upended – sometimes devastated – by the climate breakdown. Claudelice dos Santos, Maraba, Brazil Editor’s...

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Global Witness- 500 fossil fuel lobbyists have been admitted to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

Today, we reveal that 500 fossil fuel lobbyists have been admitted to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow. If the fossil fuel industry were a country, it would have by far the largest number of delegates at COP26.That’s almost twice as many fossil fuel representatives as there are members of the UN’s official Indigenous groups, and larger than the delegations of Puerto Rico, Haiti,...

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COP26: ‘Not blah blah blah’, UN Special Envoy Carney presents watershed private sector commitment for climate finance-UN News

Mark Carney, the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance, assembled the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero, a group of bankers, insurers and investors who now have committed to put climate change at the centre of their work. But what exactly does this deal mean? “The core message today is that the money is there, the money is there for the transition, and it’s not...

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COP26: Glasgow’s UN climate conference opens with key speeches-CarbonBrief

COP26 kicked off in earnest yesterday with a series of speeches – available on the UNFCCC website here – from a wide range of world leaders, dignitaries and campaigners. UK prime minister Boris Johnson opened the session by warning delegates that the “anger and the impatience of the world” would be uncontainable “unless we make this COP26 in Glasgow the moment that we get...

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COP26: UK Government must recognise role of environmental human rights defenders in resisting climate change: Amnesty International UK

© Amnesty International / Richard Burton  Environmental activists often silenced by governments across the world  Open letter to COP26 President calling for the UK Government to lead recognition and protection of environmental human rights defenders 'The UK’s voice has power. It’s time to use it and to be a world leader at COP26 by committing to protect environmental human...

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Deforestation an attack on the human rights of forest peoples

News taken from: https://socialeurope.eu/deforestation-an-attack-on-the-human-rights-of-forest-peoples by Hipólito Acevei and Gam A Shimray on 1st November 2021 The European Commission must recognise deforestation is not only about the environment but human rights, especially for indigenous peoples.  The destruction of the world’s forests for industrial agriculture—whether clearing...

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