Indigenous groups on the Sena, Paris | COP2015
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La Seine, Paris| COP2105
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Indigenous groups from across the world staged a paddle down the Seine river in Paris on Sunday, the 6 December 2015, calling on governments to ensure Indigenous rights are included in the United Nations climate pact currently being negotiated in France.
The United States, the EU, Australia and other states have pushed for Indigenous rights to be dropped from the binding parts of the agreement out of fear that it could create legal liabilities.
Indigenous representatives from North and South America, Indonesia and Congo played instruments and led others in prayer after activists completed the paddle, demanding the protection of water and the environment.
Young indigenous in Paris| COP2015
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Ta'Kaiya SIerra Blaney
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“At the moment the rights of Indigenous Peoples all over the globe are being violated by ‘green climate projects’ – such as hydropower dams – in the name of ‘climate mitigation’. If such violations are happening now, imagine what will come with a legally binding document, where the rights of Indigenous Peoples are not guaranteed,” said Eriel Deranger, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Canada. Read more here
We liked the expressions of a representation of indigenous people:
- We do not buy the air!
- We do not buy the water
- We do not buy the Earth
- We do not buy the fire