Tag Archives: human rights

All societies live by fictions taken as real. What distinguishes cultures of terror is that the epistemological, ontological, and otherwise philosophical problem of representation–reality and illusion, certainty and doubt […] becomes a high-powered medium of domination…

Michael Taussig, Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man (1987)

‘native warrior’ resistance, New Brunswick

A shale gas exploration company’s service vehicle was surrounded and seized by a group of self-described native warriors near Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick on Tuesday, RCMP say. [….] Elsipogtog Chief Aaron Sock had said earlier in the day his council does not welcome SWN’s seismic testing in New Brunswick.

via Canada: Shale gas truck seized by ‘native warriors’ in New Brunswick | Climate Connections.

beware of ‘green land grabbing’

As another round of climate talks opens today [June 3] in Bonn, Germany, a coalition of human rights and forest groups have launched a manual for communities on alternatives to REDD+ [UN Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation] and other forms of ‘green land grabbing’.

“REDD+ was promoted with the fairy tale that it would generate up to 30 billion USD per year in payments to countries and communities who conserve forests, but the voluntary forest carbon offset market has provided less than 1 percent of that amount  and public funding is declining” cautions Simone Lovera, executive director of the Global Forest Coalition…

via Alternatives to failed forest carbon offset schemes promoted at climate talks | Climate Connections.