Jennifer K. Falcon,

Indigenous Environmental Network Responds to US Rejoining the Paris Agreement

Bemidji, MN (January 20, 2021) – Today, President Biden announced that the United States will rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, reversing the actions of former president Donald Trump. 


The Indigenous Environmental Network provides the following statement in response: 


“The Indigenous Environmental Network welcomes the Biden Administration’s announcement that the United States will rejoin the Paris Agreement. Although the purpose of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the reduction of greenhouse gases, emissions have actually risen since 1992. 


Financial support for the fossil fuel industry has increased every year since the Paris Agreement was adopted, to the tune of 2.7 trillion dollars since 2016, with fossil fuel financing dominated by big US banks. Given this dismal history of international cooperation and the inability to reduce emissions under the carbon market-focused Kyoto Protocol, we will continue to organize against  the US relying on the false solutions of carbon pricing mechanisms that do not cut emissions at source.  Biden must take real action towards keeping fossil fuels in the ground, as well as providing support for equitable emissions reductions world-wide and just ways of building an international movement to address the climate crisis.”

Here is IEN’s previous statement on the UNFCCC COP21 Paris Agreement, released on the last day of the climate accord.
Established in 1990, The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. I EN’s activities include empowering Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.
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