Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Red Road Delegation Leaves for Paris

Indigenous Environmental Network Delegation 
Travels to Paris 
UN Climate Talks

Over 45 Frontline Leaders Will Participate 
Inside and Outside COP21

November 24, 2015
Press Contacts:
Dallas Goldtooth, IEN Media-Comms Coordinator,
Tom Goldtooth, IEN Executive Director,

It is the intended goal of IEN to influence the climate negotiations for the explicit purposes of achieving four core demands from the COP21:
  • Establish a mandatory and legally-binding agreement to cut carbon emissions at the source.
  • Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground by establishing moratoriums on future fossil fuel developments.
  • Recognize, respect, and observe the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the climate agreement text.
  • Reject false solutions, which are market-based mechanisms to address climate change and support Just Transition economies.
As a means to accomplish this goal, IEN will be performing a series of cultural demonstrations and public events throughout Paris to raise awareness of critical issues affecting frontline communities. Some of which are as follows:
  • Sunrise Ceremony, November 29th,
  • Global Climate Action, November 29th, location TBD
  • Rights of Nature Tribunal, December 4-5, Maison de Metallos
  • Keep It In the Ground & Women’s Treaty Press Event, December 6th, Bassion De La Villette.
  • Natives in Paris Concert Event, December 10th, “la Halle aux Oliviers” at la Bellevilloise
  • Indigenous Water Ceremony, December 11th, location TBD
A critical component of the IEN delegation is the emphasis on Indigenous women and youth leadership. The Indigenous Environmental Network is one of the founding signatories of the Indigenous Women of the North and SouthDefend Mother Earth Treaty Compact 2015

This historic document will be presented at a press event on December 6th, 2015. IEN will also be bringing 13 Lummi youth from the Puget Sound area of the United States to encourage in-depth participation by our future leaders and generations. 

Current list of key spokespeople and their respective focal issues:
Kandi Mossett Fracking, Just Transition, Renewable Energy
Alberto Saldamando Human Rights and Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Pennie Plant California Fracking, Women’s Treaty
Tantoo Cardinal Tar Sands, Women’s Treaty
Frank Waln Youth Climate Justice, Keystone XL, Native Hip-hop artist
Casey Camp Women’s Rights
Faith Gemmill Alaska Offshore Oil, ANWR
Jihan Gearon Just Transition, Coal
Princess Johnson Alaska Offshore Oil
Eriel Deranger Tar Sands, UNDRIP
Crystal Lameman Tar Sands, Women’s Rights
Oren Lyons Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Wahleah Johns Coal, Just Transition
Xiuhtexcatl Martinez Youth Climate Justice
Itzcuauhtli Martinez Youth Climate Justice
Allison Warden Arctic Issues
Clayton Thomas-Mueller Tar Sands, Stop It At the Source
Tom Goldtooth Climate Justice, Extractive Economy, Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

We are in a historic moment wherein world leaders will continue drafting a new global treaty agreement on climate change this year in Lima at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference on Parties (COP). The final agreement is then expected to be signed in 2015 at the COP 21 in Paris.

INDIGENOUS RISING | OUR MESSAGE for events at and surrounding the UNFCCC COP 20 in Lima, Peru Dec. 2014 from Indigenous Environmental Network on Vimeo.

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