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.
(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.