Statement from IEN on the Outcomes of the Bali WTO Meeting for Indigenous Peoples

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Council Statement

http://caretakersofmotherearth.com/

 

This statement reflects the wisdom of the Spiritual People of the Earth, of North and South America, working in unity to restore peace, harmony and balance for our collective future and for all living beings. This statement is written in black and white with a foreign language that is not our own and does not convey the full depth of our concerns.

The Creator created the People of the Earth into the Land at the beginning of Creation and gave us a way of life. This way of life has been passed down generation-to-generation since the beginning. We have not honored this way of life through our own actions and we must live these original instructions in order to restore universal balance and harmony. We are a part of Creation; thus, if we break the Laws of Creation, we destroy ourselves.

We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, have no choice but to follow and uphold the Original Instructions, which sustains the continuity of Life. We recognize our umbilical connection to Mother Earth and understand that she is the source of life, not a resource to be exploited. We speak on behalf of all Creation today, to communicate an urgent message that man has gone too far, placing us in the state of survival. We warned that one day you would not be able to control what you have created. That day is here. Not heeding warnings from both Nature and the People of the Earth keeps us on the path of self destruction. This self destructive path has led to the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Gulf oil spill, tar sands devastation, pipeline failures, impacts of carbon dioxide emissions and the destruction of ground water through hydraulic fracking, just to name a few. In addition, these activities and development continue to cause the deterioration and destruction of sacred places and sacred waters that are vital for Life.

Powerful technologies are out of control

and are threatening the future of all life

The Fukushima nuclear crisis alone is a threat to the future of humanity. Yet, our concern goes far beyond this single threat. Our concern is with the cumulative and compounding devastation that is being wrought by the actions of human beings around the world. It is the combination of resource extraction, genetically modified organisms, moral failures, pollution, introduction of invasive species and much much more that are threatening the future of life on Earth. The compounding of bad decisions and their corresponding actions are extremely short-sighted. They do not consider the future generations and they do not respect or honor the Creator’s Natural Law. We strongly urge for the governmental authorities to respond with an open invitation to work and consult with us to solve the world’s problems, without war. We must stop waging war against Mother Earth, and ourselves.

We acknowledge that all of these devastating actions originated in human beings who are living without regard for the Earth as the source of life. They have strayed from the Original Instructions by casting aside the Creator’s Natural Law. It is now critical for humanity to acknowledge that we have created a path to self destruction. We must restore the Original Instructions in our lives to halt this devastation.

The sanctity of the Original Instructions has been violated. As a result, the Spiritual People of the Earth were called ceremonially to come together at the home of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle. These Spiritual Leaders and those that carry great responsibility for their people from both North and South America came together with the sacred fire for four days at the end of September 2013 to fulfill their sacred responsibilities. During this time it was revealed that the spirit of destruction gained its’ strength by our spiritually disconnected actions. We are all responsible in varying degrees for calling forth this spirit of destruction, thus we are all bound to begin restoring what we have damaged by helping one another recover our sacred responsibility to the Earth. We, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, offer our spiritual insight, wisdom and vision to the global community to help guide the actions needed to overcome the current threats to all life.

We only have to look at our own bodies to recognize the sacred purpose of water on Mother Earth. We respect and honor our spiritual relationship with the lifeblood of Mother Earth. One does not sell or contaminate their mother’s blood. These capitalistic actions must stop and we must recover our sacred relationship with the Spirit of Water

The People of the Earth understand that the Fukushima nuclear crisis continues to threaten the future of all life. We understand the full implications of this crisis even with the suppression of information and the filtering of truth by the corporate owned media and Nation States. We strongly urge the media, corporations and Nation States to acknowledge and convey the true facts that threaten us, so that the international community may work together to resolve this crisis, based on the foundation of Truth.

We urge the international community, government of Japan and TEPCO to unify efforts to stabilize and re-mediate the nuclear threat posed at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. To ensure that the Japanese government and TEPCO are supported with qualified personnel and information, we urge the inclusion of today’s nuclear experts from around the world to collaborate, advise and provide technical assistance to prevent further radioactive contamination or worse, a nuclear explosion that may have apocalyptic consequences.

The foundation for peace will be strengthened

by restoring the Original Instructions in ourselves

Prophecies have been shared and sacred instructions were given. We, the People of the Earth, were instructed that the original wisdom must be shared again when imbalance and disharmony are upon Mother Earth. In 1994 the sacred white buffalo, the giver of the sacred pipe, returned to the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people bringing forth the sacred message that the winds of change are here. Since that time many more messengers in the form of white animals have come, telling us to wake up my children. It is time. So listen for the sacred instruction.

All Life is sacred. We come into Life as sacred beings. When we abuse the sacredness of Life we affect all Creation

We urge all Nations and human beings around the world to work with us, the Original Caretakers of Mother Earth, to restore the Original Instructions and uphold the Creator’s Natural Law as a foundation for all decision making, from this point forward. Our collective future as human beings is in our hands, we must address the Fukushima nuclear crisis and all actions that may violate the Creator’s Natural Law. We have reached the crossroads of life and the end of our existence. We will avert this potentially catastrophic nuclear disaster by coming together with good minds and prayer as a global community of all faiths.

We are the People of the Earth united under the Creator’s Law with a sacred covenant to protect and a responsibility to extend Life for all future generations. We are expressing deep concern for our shared future and urge everyone to awaken spiritually. We must work in unity to help Mother Earth heal so that she can bring back balance and harmony for all her children.

Representatives of the Council

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
Spiritual Leader The Great Sioux Nation
Bobby C. Billie
Clan Leader and Spiritual Leader 
Council of the Original Miccosukee 
Simanolee Nation Aboriginal Peoples

Faith Spotted Eagle, Tunkan Inajin Win
Brave Heart Society Grandmother
Headswoman & Ihanktonwan Treaty Council
Ihanktonwan Dakota from the Oceti Sakowin
7 Council Fires
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http://caretakersofmotherearth.com/

 

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Why Iceland Should Be in the News But Is Not

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Photo © Layne Kennedy/www.laynekennedy.com

By Deena Stryker

An Italian radio program’s story about Iceland’s on-going revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world. Americans may remember that at the start of the 2008 financial crisis, Iceland literally went bankrupt. The reasons were mentioned only in passing, and since then, this little-known member of the European Union fell back into oblivion.

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As one European country after another fails or risks failing, imperiling the Euro, with repercussions for the entire world, the last thing the powers that be want is for Iceland to become an example. Here’s why:

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EDF SUING CLIMATE ACTIVISTS FOR £5 MILLION – PROTESTERS FACE LOSING HOMES

Via: www.nodashforgas.org.uk

PRESS RELEASE: EDF SUING CLIMATE ACTIVISTS FOR £5 MILLION – PROTESTERS FACE LOSING HOMES

Posted Wed 20th Feb 2013, 7:50pm

• EDF suing climate activists for £5million

• Evidence of police/corporate collusion as police serve legal papers on
activists on behalf of EDF, and hand over personal data

• Key CCTV footage at police station may have been deleted

• Counter-Terrorism Command visited activist at home

• Home Secretary Theresa May questioned in Parliament

For more information, photos, film footage and interviews email
press@nodashforgas.org.uk or phone 07447027112. A new short film of two of
the activists speaking about the civil claim can be seen here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kTZgMIn4Go

Following the week-long shut-down and occupation of EDF’s West Burton
gas-fired power station last October by campaign group ‘No Dash for Gas’,
EDF has launched a civil claim for damages against the group and
associated activists for costs the company claims to have incurred – a
figure it puts at £5 million [1].

Should the claim succeed, several of the campaigners face losing their
homes, and all could face bankruptcy or be forced to pay a percentage of
their salaries to EDF for decades to come. The amount of the claim
represents just 0.3% of EDF’s annual UK profits, which rose by 7.5% this
year to £1.7 billion [2].

This is the first time an energy company has attempted such a claim, and
campaigners say it represents the opening of a new front against peaceful
direct action protesters. If successful, it could have a chilling effect
on other groups – such as UK Uncut and Greenpeace – who use civil
disobedience to challenge social and environmental problems.

Aneaka Kelly, one of the No Dash for Gas defendants said: ‘This un-civil
action by EDF is not about money – they know we don’t have this kind of
cash. EDF just want to make sure that anyone who tries to stand up and
challenge their profiteering price hikes, shady government lobbying and
climate-trashing power plants is quickly silenced by the threat of legal
action.”

Sixteen campaigners occupied two chimneys at West Burton for a week in
October 2012, stopping nearly 20,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions [3]. The
activists – 21 in total – were convicted of aggravated trespass at
Mansfield Magistrates Court today. Seventeen are due to be sentenced on
March 20th, and the remaining four on April 2nd.

There is evidence that Nottinghamshire Police colluded with EDF against
‘No Dash for Gas’ by formally serving civil papers on the activists after
their arrest, and by sharing their personal data with the power company.
In one case officers served the papers on the activists’ lawyer, in
another they chased an activist down the street outside the station and
served the papers on him directly, commenting, “I’m doing this as a
courtesy to EDF” [4]. Last week, the Home Secretary was questioned in
Parliament about whether this kind of practice is routine [5].

The campaigners believe that Nottinghamshire Police’s support for the
civil claim is part of a larger strategy to crack down on environmental
protest, as evidenced by the use of extremely onerous bail conditions on
the activists after their arrest. They were not allowed to associate with
each other and most were subject to home curfews from 9pm to 7am. Those
conditions were only lifted once the company had ordered its own civil
legal strategy against the activists. FOI documents obtained by No Dash
for Gas show that a Special Advisor in the Department for Energy was
liaising with the police about those bail conditions before most of the
activists were even arrested. [6]

In another incident, Counter Terrorism Command officers visited an
activist at her home to ‘remind’ her of her bail conditions and caution
her against going within 50 metres of E.ON’s Grain Island Power Station.

Deeply concerned by police involvement in the unprecedented civil claim,
the activists’ lawyer Mike Schwarz of Bindmans wrote to the police asking
to view CCTV footage from inside the station, only to be told it had
probably been deleted as footage was only kept for three months – despite
the fact that this three-month deadline had not yet passed.

Aneaka Kelly from No Dash For Gas said: “The police are meant to be
working in the public interest, not acting as EDF’s private police force.
If I wanted to sue EDF over their pollution or their price hikes, would
you expect the police to deliver the legal papers to EDF on my behalf, or
hand over the names and addresses of their top executives? Somehow, I
don’t think so.”

The protest itself aimed to challenge the Government’s plan to build up to
40 new gas-fired power stations, which would see gas accounting for over
50% of the UK’s power generation over the next three decades. The
Government’s own Committee on Climate Change have said that a new “dash
for gas” would make it impossible for the Government to meet its
legally-binding carbon reduction targets, and thus would push us ever
closer to the brink of unstoppable climate change [7].

The Committee also point out that a greater reliance on gas would increase
household bills by up to six times more than a shift to renewable energy
[8]. These comments were echoed this week by the Chief Executive of Ofgem
Alistair Buchanan, who warned that an increased reliance on gas will lead
to higher prices in the near future [9]. Campaigners blame the lobbying
power of big energy companies like EDF for the Government’s current
pro-gas position [10].

The case is reminiscent of the record-breaking “McLibel” case, when the
fast food chain McDonalds sued two activists from North London from
1990-1997. Ewa Jasiewicz, another No Dash for Gas defendant said: ‘This is
starting to look just like McLibel. It’s a David and Goliath battle
between protesters with nothing but their bodies to put in the way, and
out-of-control Big Energy which has a business plan that will drive up
bills, push millions into fuel poverty and crash our climate targets. We
will be resisting EDF’s claim every step of the way’.

ENDS

Notes for editors

[1] Copies of the legal papers from EDF are available – please email us on
press@nodashforgas.org.uk or phone 07447027112 to see them. The £5 million
figure was presented in court today, in evidence from Graeme Bellingham,
Project Director at West Burton’s, who stated that: ‘Delays to the final
completion of the project has caused total losses to EDF in excess of £5
million’. See also
http://www.channel4.com/news/edf-sues-activists-for-5m-an-attack-on-peaceful-protest

[2]
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/feb/14/edf-profits-rise-following-price-hike

[3] See
http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/blog/press-release-campaigners-prevent-carbon-emissions-in-longest-ever-power-station-occupation.
The campaigners calculated that they were stopping 2,371 tonnes per day,
and the action lasted for seven days, so that’s 2371 x 7 = 19117 tonnes of
CO2 saved.

[4] See
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/feb/20/activists-police-edf-law-suit

[5] On Friday 8th February, Caroline Lucas (MP for Brighton Pavilion) put
forward the following question in Parliament:

“To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her policy is
on (a) the provision of
information by the police to private companies that are planning or taking
civil legal action against protesters, where those protesters may be
subject to criminal proceedings, (b) the timing of the provision of such
information and (c) provision of other practical assistance by the police
to companies taking civil proceedings, including service or quasi-service
of court papers; whether her Department has established any formal
procedures or organisations to (i) facilitate the flow of any such
information and (ii) establish compliance with or breach of any such
procedures and policies; and if she will make a statement.”

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmordbk2/130212o01.htm#13_

The Home Secretary has not yet responded.

[6] FOI documents available on request – please email us on
press@nodashforgas.org.uk or phone 07447027112 to see them.

[7]
http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/tories-dash-for-gas-risks-climate-target-8120153.html

[8]
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/dec/13/gas-energy-bills-renewables

[9]
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/9878281/Ofgem-boss-warns-of-higher-energy-prices-in-supply-roller-coaster.html

[10] See for example
http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/reports/dirty_half_dozen.pdf

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Open letter to COP18 Delegates from Bill McKibben, Nnimmo Bassey & Pablo Soló n

Open letter:
To really address climate change UNFCCC-COP18 should decide to
leave under the soil more than 2/3 of the fossil reserves

2012 saw the shocking melt of the Arctic, leading our greatest climatologist to declare a ‘planetary emergency,’ and it saw weather patterns wreck harvests around the world, raising food prices by 40% and causing family emergencies in poor households throughout the world.

That’s what happens with 0.8ºC of global warming. If we are going to stop this situation from getting worse, an array of institutions have explained this year precisely what we need to do: leave most of the carbon we know about in the ground and stop looking for more.

If

we want a 50-50 chance of staying below two degrees, we have to leave 2/3 of the known reserves of coal and oil and gas underground; if we want an 80% chance, we have to leave 80% of those reserves untouched. That’s not “environmentalist math” or some radical interpretation–that’s from the report of the International Energy Agency last month.

It means that–without dramatic global action to change our path–the end of the climate story is already written. There is no room for doubt–absent remarkable action, these fossil fuels will burn, and the temperature will climb creating a chain reaction of climate related natural disasters.

Negotiators

should cease their face-saving, their endless bracketing and last minute cooking of texts and concentrate entirely on figuring out how to live within the carbon budget scientists set. We can’t emit more than 565 more gigatons of carbon before 2050, but at the current pace we’ll blow past that level in 15 years. If we want to have a chance to stick to this budget by 2020 we can’t send to the atmosphere more than 200 gigatons.

Rich

countries who have poured most of the carbon into the atmosphere (especially the planet’s sole superpower) need to take the lead in emission reductions and the emerging economies have also to make commitments to reduce the exploitation of oil, coal and gas. The right to development should be understood as the obligation of the states to guarantee the basic needs of the population to enjoy a fulfilled and happy life, and not as a free ticket for a consumer and extractivist society that doesn’t take into account the limits of the planet and the wellbeing of all humans.

There’s

no longer time for diplomatic delays. Most of the negotiators in the Eighteenth Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) know that these are the facts. Now is the time to act for the future of humanity and Nature.

Bill McKibben, Nnimmo Bassey & Pablo Solon

(Bill McKibben founder of 350.org, Nnimmo Bassey Environmental Rights Action & Coordinator of Oilwatch International, Pablo Solon Executive

Director of Focus on the Global South, former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN and former chief negotiator for climate change).

http://pablosolon.wordpress.com/
http://focusweb.org/content/really-address-climate-change-unfccc-cop18-should-decide-leave-under-soil-more-23-fossil

Carta abierta:
La XVIII Conferencia sobre Cambio Climático debe decidir
dejar bajo el suelo más de dos terceras partes de los combustibles fósiles

2012 vio el sorprendente derretimiento del Ártico que llevó a la declaratoria de “emergencia planetaria” por los mas importantes climatólogos. Así mismo, este año el cambio climático arruinó cosechas en todo el mundo, elevando los precios de alimentos en un 40% y causando emergencias familiares en los hogares pobres de todo el mundo.

Esto es lo que sucede con 0,8ºC de incremento en la temperatura. Una serie de instituciones han señalado lo que tenemos que hacer para evitar que esta situación se agrave: dejar la mayor parte de las reservas conocidas de combustibles fósiles bajo la tierra y dejar de buscar más.

Si queremos tener una probabilidad de 50% de permanecer por debajo de un incremento de 2ºC, tenemos que dejar 2/3 partes de las reservas conocidas de carbón, petróleo y gas bajo tierra. Si queremos un 80% de probabilidades, tenemos que dejar sin tocar el 80% de las reservas. Eso no es “matemáticas ambientalista” o alguna interpretación radical. Este es el informe de la Agencia Internacional de Energía del mes pasado.

Esto significa que -sin una acción mundial urgente para cambiar el curso de los acontecimientos- el final de la historia del clima ya está escrito. No hay lugar para la duda. Sí continua la inacción, estos combustibles fósiles se quemarán y la temperatura subirá creando una reacción en cadena de desastres natural producto del cambio climático.

Los negociadores deben dejar de tratar de salvar las apariencias -con sus encorchetados y textos fabricados a último momento- para concentrarse exclusivamente en encontrar la manera de vivir dentro de los límites que la ciencia ha establecido para el uso del presupuesto de carbono que nos queda. No podemos emitir más de 565 giga toneladas de dióxido de carbono hasta el 2050. Al ritmo actual vamos a quemar mas de esa cantidad en los próximos 15 años. Si queremos tener algún chance de no sobrepasar ese presupuesto de dióxido de carbono no podemos enviar a la atmósfera más de 200 giga toneladas hasta el año 2020.

Los países ricos que han enviado la mayor parte del carbono a la atmósfera (en particular la única superpotencia del planeta) deben reducir inmediatamente sus emisiones de carbono. También las economías emergentes tienen que asumir compromisos de reducción en la explotación de carbón, petróleo y gas. El derecho al desarrollo debe entenderse como la obligación de los Estados de garantizar las necesidades básicas de la población para disfrutar de una vida plena y feliz, y no como un boleto gratis para una sociedad consumista y extractivista que no toma en cuenta los límites del planeta y el bienestar de todos los seres humanos.

Ya no hay tiempo para dilaciones diplomáticas. La mayoría de los negociadores en la XVIII Conferencia de las Partes de la CMNUCC (Convención Marco de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Cambio Climático) saben que estos son los hechos. Ahora es el momento de actuar por el futuro de la humanidad y la naturaleza.

Bill McKibben, Nnimmo Bassey y Pablo Solón

(Bill McKibben fundador de 350.org, Nnimmo Bassey “Environmental Rights Action” Coordinador de Oilwatch Internacional, Pablo Solón Director Ejecutivo de “Focus on the Global South”, ex-embajador de Bolivia ante la ONU y ex-jefe negociador de cambio climático).

http://pablosolon.wordpress.com/
http://focusweb.org/content/really-address-climate-change-unfccc-cop18-should-decide-leave-under-soil-more-23-fossil

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SADC peoples summit – Maputo 13-16 aug

Announcing the 2012 SADC People’s Summit.

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stephenmurphysa:

Powerful words. Not like the weak statements coming from our politicians

Originally posted on Grist:

At Rio+20, Tai’Kaiya Blaney, 11, spoke — mic-check style — against a future where the land is filled with pipelines and oceans are empty of life:

Blaney’s a member of the Sliammon Nation in Canada and has already built up an impressive record as an environmental activist. She’s been fighting against tar-sands pipelines in Canada and has already been escorted off of pipeline company Enbridge’s property, as Yes! Magazine reported:

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