We are excited to announce the Indigenous Environmental Network and Eastern Cherokee Organization (ECO) will be hosting the 2024 Protecting Mother Earth Conference on August 1-4, 2024, on Cherokee Lands on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, NC!
STANDING ROCK— All of Lakota Country benefits from the skill and expertise of the Standing Rock elders council, and men like elder Tim Mentz, who long after the news cameras have turned away from DAPL, and their pipeline plans, have continued to fight for the protection and safety of the Missouri River watershed that cuts Indian Country in half.
But in addition to these men, tribes have an ally in 33 members of Congress, who sent a letter to Michael L. Connor, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, dated January 18, 2024. Click here to read more from Lakota Times.
IEN collaborated as the It Takes Roots coalition of coalitions conducted an on-site and virtual press conference, and co-sponsored a two-day event at The New School in NYC filled with educational panels, breakout sessions, a teach-in assembly and even a movement social! Click below to watch and listen to the stories of frontline warriors holding the line against #FalseSolutions and how they’re implementing a #JustTransition in their communities.
We hope you’ll refer back to the critically urgent calls for change and action that were clearly articulated by the grassroots leadership during these presentations and the supporting materials provided.
We must restructure our social and economic systems, replacing the business as usual, fossil-fueled, extractive, throwaway economy with one that protects people and the environment. However, in a time of climate crisis, Oil Majors reported record earnings in 2022 with many breaking industry records.64 This pattern will continue as long as greenwashed climate change policies support it.
Climate change mitigation consists almost entirely of carbon pricing, carbon offsets, carbon trading, and other carbon pricing schemes. From the United Nations (UN) to the state, 25 years of carbon games have not stopped fossil fuel extraction. Carbon accounting is in fact designed precisely so that polluters can
continue extracting. That is why the only way to address climate change is to stop relying on carbon trading and other greenwashed mitigation and keep it in the ground. Read more, click here Pages: 38, 39.
SEVEN YEARS + SIXTY BANKS = $5.5 TRILLION in fossil fuel financing, driving climate devastation and human rights violations in every corner of the world. The fossil fuel industry can’t continue causing climate chaos without big banks.
Bank climate commitments are backed up by one thing: CASH. In 2022, once again, big banks proved that they’re committed to profits – not people and planet. We’ve been told time and time again that the climate crisis is HERE and our climate can’t take a single new fossil fuel project. Instead of investing in a just transition away from fossil fuels, big banks are continuing to finance climate destruction, to the tune of $673 BILLION last year alone.
In 1991, near the sacred Bear Butte in South Dakota, near 500 Native people came together at the outdoor 2nd Annual IEN Protecting Mother Earth gathering. At this gathering, this Unifying Principle and the Environmental Code of Ethics were written.
IEN is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose Shared Mission is to Protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination & exploitation by Respecting and Adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law