[Autochtones-cop21] Historic Kayak Action demands Indigenous Peoples Rights in Paris Climate Accord

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  Historic Kayak Action demands Indigenous Peoples Rights in Paris
  Climate Accord

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 
by Ayse Gursoz <http://indigenousrising.org/author/ayse/>

*For Immediate Release:*

*December 6th, 2015*

*Contact: *Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, France: 
+33 75 1413 823, US: + 708 515-6158, dallas at ienearth.org 
<mailto:dallas at ienearth.org>

*Historic Kayak Action demands Indigenous Peoples Rights in Paris 
Climate Accord *


*Paris --*  An all-Indigenous flotilla of kayaks took to the waters of 
Paris today, followed by a press conference featuring Indigenous leaders 
from the Americas delivering strong messages: warnings of the worst 
consequences of climate change, and holistic solutions to protect Mother 
Earth. This event, proposed by the Kichwa community of the Sarayaku, 
served as a platform to reject false climate solutions, and to deliver 
three key documents designed as a means to address climate change.

The flotilla action this afternoon was made all the more poignant and 
necessary, following the first week of negotiations at COP21, where -- 
despite vocal objections and protestations by Indigenous Peoples and 
their allies -- the operative text of the Paris Accord has had the 
language concerning the rights of Indigenous Peoples "annexed" (meaning 
it's not totally in the draft agreement, nor is it being fully 
excluded), rendering it's future inclusion questionable.

*"Considering that Indigenous communities often face the worst 
consequences of climate change, the decision to reject Indigenous Rights 
and advocate for false solutions is not only offensive and intolerable, 
but illogical and destructive to the climate change movement as a 
whole." -- Dallas Goldtooth, Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground Campaign 
Organizer. "Carbon trading and REDD+ projects are schemes to continue 
business-as-usual, nothing more. We, as frontline Indigenous 
communities, are the arbiters and innovators of real solutions towards 
mitigating climate change." *

Indigenous Peoples from the Amazon to the Arctic and their allies have 
and will continue to gather to demand real climate solutions, including 
bottom-up initiatives originating in Indigenous knowledge, culture, and 

*"We're here to present our proposal of kawsak-sacha: the living 
rainforest, the living Amazon. This proposal respects all living beings 
and helps achieve a balance of our planet, our Mother Earth. Indigenous 
peoples live with this wisdom -- live in harmony with these living 
beings, and we're here to protect the lagoons and the water, the trees 
and the mountains. We ARE the balance, we LIVE the balance and this is 
our contribution here in Paris."  Felix Santi, Sarayaku*

*"Only if our proposal is heeded will we be able to ensure the future, 
ensure the planet for future generations -- so we present this proposal 
to the governments of the world and we declare indigenous peoples' 
territories of vital and crucial importance to the future of our planet. 
There must be no more oil drilling, no more mining, no more logging on 
our lands and territories, and we must embrace this indigenous proposal 
of the living forest".*

For the second week of negotiations in Paris, Indigenous delegates are 
calling on their allies to push the parties involved in direct 
negotiations to reverse this damaging decision, thereby taking the 
climate change movement forwards, not backwards.

*"The ground we walk on is literally melting beneath us. Indigenous 
peoples of the world are being affected by this climate chaos first, and 
our issues are compounded by the assault on our traditional territories 
by the fossil fuel extractive industries." -- Faith Gemmill, executive 
director REDOIL. "We kicked Shell out of the Arctic but immediately 
following that, the state and our congressional representatives called 
for drilling in the last 5% of America's only Arctic coast: the Arctic 
National Wildlife Refuge, which is sacred to my people. This is our 
home, these are our sacred places, and it is our belief that the 
destruction of humanity begins if/when the oil companies gain access to 
these sacred places. We're here to call upon the governments of the 
world to recognise the rights of Indigenous Peoples within the 
operative, legally binding text. No more business as usual -- we don't 
have the luxury of time. Humanity's survival is on the line.  We need a 
just transition to sustainable energy, economies and communities." *

*Pictures :* 

www.indigenousrising.org <http://www.indigenousrising.org>

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