Martin Lukacs

US, European and other states push for exclusion of binding Indigenous rights from agreement


Indigenous groups from across the world staged a paddle down the Seine river in Paris on Sunday, 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.

Historic Kayak Action demands Indigenous Peoples Rights in Paris Climate Accord | #Canoes2Paris
Mychaylo Prystupa

(Editorial note: A big difference from the Harper government for sure. But when the Canadian government ends all fossil fuel subsidies, stops all pipelines and other fossil fuel infrastructural development, talks about the need to end a growth economy, then maybe we can really start taking this seriously.)

Sunday night, Canada surprised a world of nations and negotiators in closed-door climate talks in Paris by endorsing a much bolder, ambitious target for cutting greenhouse gases than the UN climate change summit is officially aiming for.

"Future generations will be proud"
Barry Saxifrage

As the world prepares for the make-or-break climate conference in Paris this fall, each nation is expected to announce new climate targets. Last week, Canada became the 37th nation to do so.

The chart compares the climate pollution and targets of Canada, US and EU-28. Here is the story it tells.

Canada's new 2030 target is shown as a bold red bulls-eye on the far right. Our new pledge of 30 per cent below 2005 is equivalent to 13 per cent below our 1990 emissions.

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