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Should Nature Be Given Rights Enshrined in Law?

Should Nature Be Given Rights Enshrined in Law?

“We see ourselves not as an owner of wild rice but a symbiotic partner and a parallel entity from the Creator,” says Frank Bibeau, a lawyer from the Anishinaabe indigenous group in the U.S. and Canada. Harvesters use flailing sticks to beat the wild rice — or manoomin, by its Anishinaabe name — and release […]

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    5 Ways to Fight the Climate Crisis in 2020

    5 Ways to Fight the Climate Crisis in 2020

    By Carla Ruas A brand new year is upon us and the future is full of possibilities. We have the chance to do better — especially when it comes to tackling the climate crisis. The year 2019 will go down in history for being hot. Scientists estimate it was the second-warmest year since temperature recordings […]

    Illegal Loggers Murder Amazon Forest Guardian

    Illegal Loggers Murder Amazon Forest Guardian

    Illegal loggers shot and killed an indigenous defender of Brazil‘s Amazon rainforest, the Guajajara tribe announced Saturday, as Reuters reported. Paulo Paulino Guajajara, in his 20s, was a member of the Guajajara group Guardians of the Forest, which was formed in 2012 to protect the Araribóia reservation in Brazil’s Maranhão state. In an interview with […]

    Trump Admin Moves Closer to Slashing Protections for World’s Largest Temperate Rainforest

    Trump Admin Moves Closer to Slashing Protections for World’s Largest Temperate Rainforest

    The Trump administration has moved one step closer to opening Earth’s largest intact temperate rainforest to logging. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service announced it would draft an environmental impact statement exempting Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from the 2001 Roadless Rule, which prohibits road construction and timber harvesting on 58.5 million acres […]

    First Crowdfunded Park in BC Saves 2K Acres From Loggers

    First Crowdfunded Park in BC Saves 2K Acres From Loggers

    A Canadian charity has successfully crowdfunded $3 million to save 800 hectares (approximately 1,977 acres) of wilderness from development. Instead, the property on British Columbia’s Princess Louisa Inlet will now be one of the first crowdfunded parks in the country, CBC News reported. The BC Parks Foundation, the official charity partner of BC Parks, set […]

    Trump Moves to Open 16.7 Million Acre Alaskan Rainforest to Corporate Exploitation

    Trump Moves to Open 16.7 Million Acre Alaskan Rainforest to Corporate Exploitation

    By Jake Johnson President Donald Trump has reportedly ordered the U.S. Department of Agriculture to open Alaska’s 16.7 million-acre Tongass National Forest — the planet’s largest intact temperate rainforest — to logging and other corporate development projects, a move that comes as thousands of fires are ripping through the Amazon rainforest and putting the “lungs […]

    Zinke Announces Plan to Fight Wildfires With More Logging

    Zinke Announces Plan to Fight Wildfires With More Logging

    The Trump administration announced a new plan Thursday to fight ongoing wildfires with more logging, and with no mention of additional funding or climate change. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke stated in a Fox Business interview that the fires are so intense because the forests have “been held hostage by environmental groups” to prevent proper management […]

    5 Ways Indigenous Groups Are Fighting Back Against Land Seizures

    5 Ways Indigenous Groups Are Fighting Back Against Land Seizures

    By Peter Veit Much of the world’s land is occupied and used by Indigenous Peoples and communities—about 50 percent of it, involving more than 2.5 billion people. But these groups are increasingly losing their ancestral lands—their primary source of livelihood, income and social identity. Governments, corporations and local elites are eager to acquire land to […]