No War, No Warming – Build an Economy for People and Planet

No War, No Warming – Build an Economy for People and Planet

IEN MEDIA ADVISORY November 23, 2015 Despite the ban on Protest in Paris, we will be there to raise our voices against war, racism and pollution profiteering. We stand in solidarity with the countless victims of recent violence in Paris, Beirut, and Mali, as well as their families and loved ones. The It Takes Roots to Weather the Storm delegation of over 100 frontline leaders from climate impacted communities across the US and Canada, including the Arctic, united under the slogan: No War, No Warming – Build an Economy for People and Planet. We stand against the criminalization of the defenders of Mother Earth and the illegitimate criminalization of protest, in particular during the COP21. Civil society, popular movements, indigenous movements and society in general have the right to raise their voices in dissent, especially when our futures are being negotiated. The voices of Indigenous peoples, youth, women and frontline communities need to provide guidance in these negotiations, now more than ever. Climate justice seeks to address much more than greenhouse gas emissions, but the root systemic causes of climate change itself. Climate justice is about social and economic justice, and how democratic, peaceful and equitable solutions, not military violence, best serve the interests of humanity. The fossil fuel economy is a driver of this multi-faceted crises facing the world: causing resource wars; polluting our air, water and land; creating illness and death to people and of ecosystems; privatization of nature; economically exploiting Indigenous communities, communities of color and the working poor; forcing mass migrations; and, depriving millions of adequate food, access to water, housing, healthcare and healthy and...
How Paris Changes Our Work

How Paris Changes Our Work

from the Capitalist Institute blog It doesn’t. Proximity amplifies the terror. And the fear. I learned that on 9-11. I agonize as I mourn those lost in Paris, and mourn for their families, their friends and colleagues. I am saddened to consider the now indelible line between what came before and what comes after that horrific evening of Friday the 13th. A fresh scar seared into our collective psyche. They say one man’s terrorism is another man’s war of independence. I’m not so sure. Proximity – and, let’s acknowledge, a shared culture – also amplifies the solidarity. The crowd gathered in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Saturday evening, with that iconic symbol of freedom aglow in the red white and blue stripes of the French flag, communicated that unique solidarity among the Germans and the French. Berlin felt very close to Paris that night as I walked the streets. And the same colors lit up the French Embassy in Copenhagen on Sunday night, a serene setting filled with candles and flowers I happened across on my way to dinner. Again, very moving. It was a privilege and a comfort merely to be present, notwithstanding the visible Uzis serving as a reminder that barbarism has consequences. Paris of course is the location for the upcoming 21st session of the Congress of the Parties to negotiate a comprehensive climate change treaty. Millions if not billions who represent humanity’s best impulses are united and determined to see our leaders find a way to put aside parochial interests and to achieve quantum progress – essential but of course on its own...
Climate Change Conference Prayer – Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

Climate Change Conference Prayer – Timberlake Earth Sanctuary

A Prayer for the Leaders of the Climate Change Conference Paris, France November 30 – December 11, 2015 This prayer, inspired by eco-visionary and author Thomas Berry, was written by the Odyssey Fellows 2015 from Pickard’s Mountain Eco-Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. Our prayers for each of you are that as you go into this conference you hold the vision of birthing a new season of life for earth in this perilous time . . . a future of unpolluted waters and breathable air and all species living harmoniously as one sacred earth community . . . We pray that the differences among you be honored with respect and dignity rather than judgment, and that you come to the level of communion with one another out of a common love of the earth that unifies us all . . . We pray that your deepest concerns and intentions be not for individual interests, but for the whole of creation which can bring us together as never before in all of human history . . . for we ask you to acknowledge the sacredness and interconnectedness of all life knowing that we are only ourselves as we honor our reflection in relationship with all beings in existence . . . We pray that your work together may heal deep wounds of violence and assault upon the earth and one another and that in your meetings, the Spirit of Love will be called upon to assist all your efforts . . . We pray that both the wisdom of science and the wisdom of the heart be called upon throughout your...
Tom Goldtooth Honored with the Gandhi Peace Award

Tom Goldtooth Honored with the Gandhi Peace Award

Native activist Tom Goldtooth and peace advocate Kathy Kelly received the Gandhi Peace Award before a rapt audience at the United Church on the Green in New Haven last Friday (October 30). The prestigious award has been bestowed annually on select recipients for their outstanding contributions to world peace since 1960 by the national organization Promoting Enduring Peace. Past recipients include such luminaries as Eleanor Roosevelt, Dorothy Day, Caesar Chavez and most recently to Bill McKibben and Medea Benjamin. Goldtooth is of Diné and Dakota ancestry and is Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network. The IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous Peoples to address environmental and economic justice issues. Read more or listen to Tom’s acceptance speech on...
Doug Shoemaker is Awarded the MnSEIA Lifetime Achievement Award

Doug Shoemaker is Awarded the MnSEIA Lifetime Achievement Award

Dear Friends, Yesterday Doug won the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from MnSEIA (Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association) at their annual conference. MnSEIA is the industry group Doug founded to bring all stakeholders around the table to work out their agreements and differences so as to get renewable energy legislation changed. Doug told me I probably should not come because he thought the award was supposed to be a surprise to him and it wouldn’t look right if I knew about it ahead of time. I made up my mind I would sneak in and surprise him. His son, Aaron, was able to come too, which was fantastic. The conference organizer helped us sneak into the back of the room to watch him accept the award and give his remarks. The entire room clapped, cheered and stood up for him as his name was announced as the recipient. In his speech he thanked “his wife, who could not be here today, for all her support and help.” I waved my arms wildly and he looked over and said with surprize, “Oh, she is here and so is my son, Aaron!” People stood up and cheered for us, too! Many people had tears in their eyes as they spoke to us afterwards about their respect and love for Doug. One man said to me as we were heading into the ballroom before the awards, “I LOVE your husband!” I said, “Me too.” Will Steger, the famous artic explorer who has spent the last 5-6 years giving talks throughout the Midwest about his eyewitness account of the effects of climate change (for instance,...