Respecting Indigenous Rights with Climate Solutions
I was so shocked in the climate space when everyone was just outside in the pavilions. “This is your playground. Stay there.”
The places where serious discussions take place is for the states. No, we are not able to access it. And when we have the Indigenous caucus, they tell us, okay, we have an opportunity for a three-minute intervention here, here, here, and here.
So where is the participation? How can you participate in decision-making?
You know, Indigenous peoples are people.
We are like governments, we have territory, we have a governance structure, we have people. And that’s that’s what this needs. That’s what a nation is by the definition of the UN.
So why can we not participate on equal footing as the states in these negotiating spaces?
While the pursuit of renewable energy is a shared goal, there have been instances where this rush has led to further violations of Indigenous People’s rights. We do not only have to think of the impacts of Climate Change but also of the solutions proposed to address it.
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