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Brazil court upholds ban on missionaries trying to contact isolated Indigenous

This story first appeared in Mongabay. by Fernanda Wenzel Brazil’s highest court has upheld a ban on missionaries entering reserves that are home to isolated and recently contacted Indigenous people during the pandemic. The decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by Indigenous organizations against a law passed in July 2020 that allowed missionaries to … Continue reading Brazil court upholds ban on missionaries trying to contact isolated Indigenous

“People vs. Fossil Fuels’’: Winona LaDuke & Mass Protests Call on Biden to Stop Line 3 Pipeline

This piece was first published at Democracy Now!     By AMY GOODMAN In response to the completion of the contested Line 3 pipeline, which is now reportedly operational, thousands of Indigenous leaders and climate justice advocates are kicking off the “People vs. Fossil Fuels’’ mobilization, an Indigenous-led five-day action of civil disobedience at the … Continue reading “People vs. Fossil Fuels’’: Winona LaDuke & Mass Protests Call on Biden to Stop Line 3 Pipeline

Court Ruling on US Border Militarization Called ‘Win for Wildlife’

This article originally appeared in Common Dreams. “This is a win for wildlife and communities along the border, where the government has behaved as if the laws don’t apply,” said one environmental lawyer. By KENNY STANCIL Social and environmental justice advocates welcomed a federal judge’s ruling Monday that two U.S. agencies broke the law by not … Continue reading Court Ruling on US Border Militarization Called ‘Win for Wildlife’

‘Resounding’ Climate Win as Judge Blocks Alaska Drilling Project Defended by Biden

This article originally appeared in Common Dreams. “We must keep Arctic oil in the ground if we want a livable planet for future generations.” By Jake Johnson A federal judge on Wednesday tossed out construction permits for a sprawling, multibillion-dollar Alaska oil drilling project that the Trump administration approved and the Biden Interior Department defended in … Continue reading ‘Resounding’ Climate Win as Judge Blocks Alaska Drilling Project Defended by Biden

First “Rights of Nature” Enforcement Case Filed in Tribal Court to Enforce Treaty Guarantees

This is a press release from the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights. Action filed against Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to Stop Diversion of 5 Billion Gallons of Water for Enbridge “Line 3” Pipeline. WHITE EARTH, Minn. – On August 5, an action was filed in the Tribal Court of the White Earth Band … Continue reading First “Rights of Nature” Enforcement Case Filed in Tribal Court to Enforce Treaty Guarantees

Brazilian Supreme Court takes crucial step towards recognizing indigenous rights

Indigenous peoples worldwide are the victims of the largest genocide in human history, which is ongoing. Wherever indigenous cultures have not been completely destroyed or assimilated, they stand as relentless defenders of the landbases and natural communities which are there ancestral homes. They also provide living proof that humans as a species are not inherently … Continue reading Brazilian Supreme Court takes crucial step towards recognizing indigenous rights

The Legal System Will Not Save the Planet

By Max Wilbert As the world moves further into a state of climate crisis, it’s imperative that we study and critique the strategies being proposed to address greenhouse gas emissions, and develop our own strategies based on rigorous assessment of their effectiveness. Many of the strategies currently being pursued by the mainstream environmental movement hinge … Continue reading The Legal System Will Not Save the Planet

The Legal System Will Not Save the Planet

DGR member and lawyer Will Falk explains why the legal and regulatory system is structurally incapable of defending the natural world from threats, because it was never designed to do this. His conclusion is that communities must organize around revolutionary, ecological principles to defend the land themselves. We cannot rely on government to do it … Continue reading The Legal System Will Not Save the Planet

“Disaster” As Indian Supreme Court Orders Eviction of “8 million” Tribespeople

Featured image: Many tribes, like some Chenchu, have already been evicted after their lands were turned into tiger reserves. Now millions more face eviction. © Survival International      by Survival International India’s Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of up to 8 million tribal and other forest-dwelling people, in what campaigners have described as “an … Continue reading “Disaster” As Indian Supreme Court Orders Eviction of “8 million” Tribespeople

Canadian Court Gives Coastal Gaslink Permission to Violate Indigenous Rights

     by Courtney Parker / Intercontinental Cry For over 6 years now, environmental defenders representing the Unist’ot’en, an official faction of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, have been standing guard over their traditional territory from invasion by Transcanada’s Coastal Gaslink pipeline. On December 14, 2018, a British Columbia Supreme Court Justice levied a temporary injunction, ordering an … Continue reading Canadian Court Gives Coastal Gaslink Permission to Violate Indigenous Rights