With #ClimateWeek kicking off this week and the 2021 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 26th Conference of the Parties (UNFCCC COP26) just around the corner, we partnered with Diné artist Liv Barney to explain carbon pricing and how it commodifies the land, sky, and water– continuing a legacy of colonization.
New forms of energy legislation with false incentives are designed to encourage the expansion of extraction and industrial-scale development on and near our Indigenous lands and territories by outside corporate interests. Once again, the dominant system is putting economics first, over our Indigenous values, duties and responsibilities to protect the environment, ecosystems, and sacred and historical and cultural areas and the water of life.
Carbon pricing schemes put a price on the air we breathe violating Mother Earth and Father Sky.
Systems that price carbon continue colonialism by perpetuating theft of Indigenous Peoples’ lands and territories, especially in the global South where Indigenous Peoples have been protecting lands and forests for thousands of years.
Land prices can be driven up and threaten the rights of Indigenous Peoples
Carbon pricing has a simple goal: to make it easy for governments and corporations to falsely claim they have reduced emissions.
The sky is not for sale; we belong to the land she does not belong to us. It’s time we move away from false solutions, like carbon pricing, and invest in an Indigenous Just Transition for healthy communities and futures.
Together we can take action and address the root causes of climate change by changing the system – but first, within ourselves – and at the community level.