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Jerry Brown Announces Global Climate Action Summit

The ECOreport reposts news from California, where Jerry Brown Announces Global Climate Action Summit

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

California Governor Jerry Brown announced yesterday,  via video message at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg, Germany, that the state will convene the “world’s climate leaders” in San Francisco in September 2018 for a “Global Climate Action Summit.”

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Sacramento Remembers Lac-Mégantic Oil-By-Rail Catastrophe

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED: Sacramento Remembers Lac-Mégantic Oil-by-Rail Catastrophe

Originally Posted on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

On July 6, over 30 activists in Sacramento held a vigil memorializing the 47 people killed in Canada in the Lac-Mégantic Disaster three years ago.

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Over 3,000 Marched For Climate Justice in Oakland

Over 3,000 Marched For Climate Justice in Oakland on Nov 21. They came from over 100 labor, environmental, faith & social justice groups

Originally published on indybay.org

By Dan Bacher

Over 3,000 people from a coalition of over 100 labor, environmental, faith, and social justice groups held a march and rally Saturday, November 21, 2015 to demand a legally binding global agreement to implement “rapid, effective and just” responses to climate change at the 2015 UN Conference of Parties in Paris (AKA COP21).

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Indigenous Leaders Slam Brown At COP 21

California’s Governor got a nasty surprise, at the end of his keynote address Indigenous leaders slam Brown at COP 21

Originally Published on the Daily KOS

by Dan Bacher

At the end of his keynote address at the World Climate Summit in Paris yesterday, Indigenous leaders heckled Governor Jerry Brown, challenging him on his support of controversial carbon trading polices that represent “a new form of colonialism” that could potentially cause genocide.

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Possible Invasion of the Unist’ot’en Camp

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Unist’ot’en’s threat, to corporate interests, started in 2009, when they erected a “soft blockade” to prevent seven proposed pipelines from crossing their unceded traditional territory. This conflict has escalated. Earlier this month five Unist’ot’en chiefs signed a declaration stating they were, “Exercising our unbroken, unextinguished and unceded right to govern and occupy these lands, the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation have enacted the Unist’ot’en Declaration as official statement and law governing Unist’ot’en territory… ” Now there are rumours that police officers have booked rooms in Smithers and Burns Lake in preparation for a possible invasion of the Unist’ot’en Camp.

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Speaking The Truth Gives Youth Great Power

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

When she was just 12 years old, my daughter Severn gave a speech at the 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. She spoke with such conviction that delegates were moved to tears. It was one of my proudest moments as a father. More than 20 years later, Severn is the mother of two young children, and the video of her speech is still making the rounds, inspiring people around the world. Its popularity speaks to the power the young have to affect the world’s most pressing issues.

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March for Real Climate Leadership

by Dan Bacher

Over 8,000 Californians, including a diverse group of Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Latinos, African Americans, Asians, labor union activists, doctors, nurses, clergy, conservationists, environmental justice advocates, students and others, marched through downtown Oakland on Saturday, February 7 in the largest anti-fracking protest in U.S. history.

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Hundreds of Tribal representatives join huge rally to oppose fracking

Originally Published on Indybay.com, the Intercontinental Cry and Daily KOS

By Dan Bacher

Hundreds of indigenous people from California and across the country gathered with a crowd of over 4000 activists at the State Capitol in Sacramento on March 15 to send a clear message to Governor Jerry Brown: ban fracking, an environmentally destructive oil extraction practice that pollutes groundwater, rivers and the oceans.
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An inspiration for First Nations: Journey of Nishiyuu

By Sarah Hales-Reid

After over two months and 1600 kilometres (approx. 994 miles) of walking, the journey of Nishiyuu  – a Cree word meaning “the people” – reached Canada’s Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, on Monday, March 25. That same day, Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, formally welcomed eight First Nation communities into Canada’s First Nations Land Management regime. Co-incidence? or a recognition that Canada must satisfy some of the growing demands of its aboriginal peoples.
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The Fast that Inspired “Idle No More” is Over

By Roy L Hales

The 44-day-long fast of Chief Theresa Spence and elder Raymond Robinson is over. They did not start the “Idle No More” movement, which is so closely associated with their names. It began as a reaction to the Harper Government’s Bills C-38 and C-45 which, according to the Canadian Awareness network, made it easier for the Canadian government to control reserve land and reduce the environmental protection of millions of lakes and rivers. Chief Theresa Spence came to the forefront on December 11, when she pitched a tipi in the nation’s capital. Continue reading The Fast that Inspired “Idle No More” is Over