SEPT. 21, 2021
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Jennifer K. Falcon, Indigenous Environmental Network, +1 218 760 9958,

Online Webinar Tuesday, September 21, 2021 5:00PM to 7:00PM (EDT)
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Speakers (see bios below):

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action
Jacqui Patterson, Chisholm Legacy Project
Moñeka De Oro, Micronesia Climate Justice Alliance
Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environment Network

New York Climate Week brings together the world’s largest corporations to promote a range of costly and dangerous disaster-capital schemes to address climate change: from Net Zero Emissions, Biomass Energy, and Carbon Capture to “Nature-based Solutions”, Nuclear Reactors  and importing Hydroelectricity produced by destructive Megadams in Indigenous lands. A growing chorus of voices is calling out these false corporate schemes and techno-fixes, and demanding real solutions to the climate crisis.

“The era of neoliberal policy agendas and unproven, corporate techno-fixes designed to subsidize the expansion of fossil fuel industries, while impacting communities on the frontlines of climate chaos, is over,” said Moñeka De Oro of the Micronesia Climate Justice Alliance. “Peoples across the planet are facing total destruction of their lands, cultures and livelihoods. Solutions to the climate crisis must be just, equitable and led by those on the front lines.”  

“We are speaking today during New York Climate Week to counter their climate and energy ‘solutions’ involving lies, deception and trickery with humanity being blindfolded in a global hothouse rooted in racist doctrines of conquest and discovery. Mother Earth, Father Sky and Nature are being objectified, oppressed, exploited, privatized, commodified, and traded in capitalist markets as natural capital with the use of technologies that exploit the sacred. This has to stop! The future of humanity and Mother Earth is at stake.” – Tom BK Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network

As we head into the UN Climate Conference’ COP 26, where the implementation of the Paris Agreement will be negotiated, climate justice advocacy groups and social movements are faced with overcoming a complex array of these false climate schemes, in order to force lawmakers towards a Just Transition framework for tackling this crisis.

“Between climate change, racism, poverty and COVID-19, you could say we are in the midst of a syndemic – an intertwined series of epidemics that share common, systemic roots. And unless these root causes are directly tackled in ways that center the vision and leadership of Indigenous, Black, Brown, Migrant and Poor communities who are first and most harmed, we will continue to waste money on ineffective and unjust strategies,” said Jacqui Patterson of the Chisholm Legacy Project (former Director of the NAACP’s Environmental & Climate Justice program).

On the International Day of Action against Monoculture Tree Plantations, join an international panel of climate justice organizers and frontline community leaders in a discussion about the multi-billion dollar climate investments being promoted by fossil fuel industries and other disaster capitalists at various NY Climate Week venues over the next week.

Speaker Bios:

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action

Eriel (she/her) is a Dënesųłiné woman (ts’ékui), member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and mother of two, coming from a family of Indigenous rights advocates fighting for the recognition, sovereignty and autonomy of their Indigenous lands and territory in what is now known as Treaty 8, Canada.  
In 2015, Deranger worked with local Indigenous organizers to help build out the foundations of Indigenous Climate Action, becoming one of the core co-founders of the organization. She formally stepped into the role of Executive Director in July of 2017.  Prior to ICA, Deranger worked with her First Nation to build out one of the largest inter-sectional keep it in the ground campaigns: The international Indigenous Tar Sands campaign – challenging the expansion of Alberta’s Tar Sands.

Jacqui Patterson, Chisholm Legacy Project 

Jacqueline Patterson was formerly the Senior Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Since 2007 Patterson has served as coordinator & co-founder of Women of Color United. Jacqui Patterson has worked as a researcher, program manager, coordinator, advocate and activist working on women‘s rights, violence against women, HIV&AIDS, racial justice, economic justice, and environmental and climate justice. Patterson served as a Senior Women’s Rights Policy Analyst for ActionAid where she integrated a women’s rights lens for the issues of food rights, macroeconomics, and climate change as well as the intersection of violence against women and HIV&AIDS. 
Previously, Jacqui served as Assistant Vice-President of HIV/AIDS Programs for IMA World Health providing management and technical assistance to medical facilities and programs in 23 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. Patterson served as the Outreach Project Associate for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Research Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University. She also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Jamaica, West Indies.

Moñeka De Oro, Micronesia Climate Justice Alliance

Moñeka De Oro is an indigenous Chamoru mother, climate/peace activist, educator and dedicated community organizer based in the Mariana Islands. She is currently a Just Transition Curriculum and Policy Fellow with Climate Justice Alliance, where she co-coordinates community based solutions with member organization Micronesia Climate Change Alliance. She is deeply involved in efforts uplifting the experiences of Pacific Islanders on the front lines of the climate crisis.
She received a BA in Anthropology in 2011 and a Micronesian Studies Graduate Program Certificate in 2019, both from the University of Guam. De Oro has wide professional and volunteer experiences in social justice, historic preservation, environmental protection and cultural perpetuation. She is on the Board of Directors for the Guam Environmental Protection Agency, was selected by the US State Department as a Young Pacific Leader in 2019, attended COP 25 in Madrid with the esteemed It Takes Roots delegation and is an alumni of the Sierra’s Club Women Earth Alliance 2020 Accelerator program.

This panel builds on the momentum created by the most recent edition of HOODWINKED IN THE HOTHOUSE (THIRD EDITION): RESIST FALSE SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE, co-created through the contributions of the coalition of organizations that constitute the collective, listed below.
 • Biofuelwatch
• Energy Justice Network
• Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
• ETC Group
• Global Justice Ecology Project
• Indigenous Climate Action
• Indigenous Environmental Network
• Just Transition Alliance
• La Via Campesina
• Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project
• Mt. Diablo Rising Tide
• Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
• North American Megadam Resistance Alliance
• Nuclear Information and Resource Service
• Rising Tide North America
• Shaping Change Collaborative

Presented by the Milano School of Policy, Management,  Environment at the Schools of Public Engagement and the coalition of organizations that constitute the ClimateFalseSolutions.Org, including the Indigenous Environmental Network, the Just Transition Alliance, the Global Justice Ecology Project, and Biofuelwatch, with the support and collaboration of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program of the Milano School, the Indigeneity, Decolonization & Just Sustainabilities Initiative of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, and Amazon Watch.

Engañados en el invernadero: Examinando Esquemas Corporativos Falsos promovidos en el Acuerdo de París
Martes 21 de septiembre
5pm Hora de Nueva York (GMT-4)
Desde la Emisión Cero y la Captura de Carbono hasta las soluciones basadas en la naturaleza, un gran número de políticas neoliberales y soluciones tecnológicas corporativas no comprobadas, continúan subsidiando la expansión de la industria de combustibles fósiles, mientras que se impacta a las comunidades que se encuentran en la primera línea del caos climático.
Mientras nos dirigimos a la Conferencia del Cambio Climático de Naciones Unidas COP 26, donde se negociará la implementación del Acuerdo de París, grupos de defensa de la justicia climática y movimientos sociales se enfrentan para superar el conjunto complejo de estos esquemas climáticos falsos, a fin de forzar a los legisladores hacia un marco de Transición Justa para abordar esta crisis.
Únete a un panel internacional de organizadores por la justicia climática y líderes de comunidades más expuestas en una discusión sobre las inversiones climáticas millonarias  promovidas por las industrias de combustibles fósiles y otros desastres capitalistas en varios eventos de la Semana del Clima en Nueva York en los próximos días.


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