On Thursday, Pope Francis will issue a highly anticipated encyclical on man, religion and the environment, a text that is expected to influence the outcome of the Paris climate talks in December.
We know already what side he is on.
During a January visit to typhoon-ravaged villages in the Philippines — my home country — he called on humanity to protect the earth, which he called “a beautiful garden for the human family.” And he captured headlines last year when he called the destruction of South America’s rainforests a “sin.”
To the world’s 370 million indigenous people, many of whom live in overlooked and remote corners of the world, the Pope’s words offer hope — regardless of whether they share his spiritual beliefs. As some of the first victims of climate change by virtue of their dependence on the world’s natural resources, these communities are finding themselves on the front lines of the environmental crisis. They are playing David against governments and developers eager to destroy their pristine forests, fields and streams to build mines, dams and agricultural plantations, all in the name of what the Pope calls a “throw-away” economic system.
Video message of Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, for the side event on "Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." The side event was held on 8 June 2015 at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany during the Bonn Climate Change Conference (1-11 June 2015). The event was organized by Tebtebba and the Forest Peoples Programme.
Participants will share testimonies on the impact of drivers of deforestation on indigenous communities’ rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and participate in a discussion on how indigenous peoples can effectively participate in and directly access the Green Climate Fund and Climate Finance for their adaptation and mitigation initiatives.
The side event on Deforestation, Climate Finance and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will be held on Monday, 8 June 2015 at 1:15 pm at Bonn2 of the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany. This is an official side event of the Bonn Climate Conference being held from 1-11 June 2015.
A GLOBAL SEARCH FOR GRASSROOTS CLIMATE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SOLUTIONS
The Equator Initiative is pleased to announce a global call for nominations for the Equator Prize 2015 as part of an extensive partnership effort underway to strengthen and highlight the role of indigenous peoples and local communities at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP21).
The Equator Prize 2015 will be awarded to 20 outstanding local and indigenous initiatives that are advancing innovative solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.