Carbon markets, rights and the Future
For us, as Indigenous Peoples and Communities, having spaces for dialogue and listening to the voices of our communities is extremely important.
There’s a Guatemalan poet, a Maya Quiché, named Humberto Acabado, who has passed away. He said something like, “It’s not that the stones are mute; they are waiting to speak.”
This is of utmost importance to us and reflects the historical conditions of our indigenous communities, where we are seldom heard.
Dialogues around carbon markets and other climate financing for our communities must be guaranteed from a human rights perspective and the specific rights of indigenous communities.
We cannot begin to discuss carbon markets without the minimum rights guarantees for indigenous communities and peoples.
Nor can we talk about the climate future without discussing the future of our communities and peoples.
There is a need to ensure human rights and Indigenous rights in discussions about carbon markets and climate financing. Talking about the climate future requires discussing the future of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.
What is climate justice?
The systems of oppression that we all live in right now are based in domination and they are all interconnected. Only by tackling the systemic violence that is embodied in capitalism, racism, sexism and others can we truly fight the climate crisis