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Offline waldo

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Re: Addressing climate change
« Reply #150 on: July 29, 2019, 04:09:05 pm »
UN Report Says Indigenous Sovereignty Could Save the Planet

While humans have “significantly altered” about three quarters of land-based environments and two-thirds marine environments, these trends have been less severe or avoided altogether in areas held or managed by Indigenous peoples and “local communities.”

This means that Earth’s resources are protected in areas preserved for and by Indigenous people and managed by communities that enjoy some autonomy from global economic forces and tend to use resources sustainably. However, these areas often face the most pressure from deforestation, fossil fuel production and mineral mining, putting both the stewards of pristine lands and waters and their knowledge for managing them at risk, according to the report.

It's quite a bit more than that. The indigenous relationship to the land and environment is inherent to their identity and culture. It's one of respect and reverence. Capitalist economies around the world have a relationship with the environment predicated entirely on exploitation: exploitation of the land, exploitation of resources, exploitation of people. When they talk about indigenous sovereignty, they're referencing a way of conceptualizing humanity's relationship to the natural environment that is symbiotic, deeply reverent, and intrinsic to our health, well-being, and survival.

so, uhhh... how will this group show its, as you say, "respect and reverence"? How will the group express your stated relationship with the environment - one not predicated {entirely} on, as you say, "exploitation"?

... and the latest development introduces a possibility of an Indigenous-led group purchasing a majority stake in the TMX pipeline
notwithstanding Indigenous groups partnering won't necessarily stop other groups challenging TMX, and accepting to the most positive outcome for the peoples of participating Indigenous groups, would (most) Canadians accept majority control of TMX being in the hands of Indigenous groups?
It is said the majority of the 134 First Nations represented by the IRC are interested in buying TMX; it's chief executive, Stephen Buffalo, emphasizes:
We all want a safe and proper environment; the environment is so key. But we can continue to still do some economic development and have that balance. And that's what we need to strive for — to find that balance.

would Canadians, overall, accept First Nations finding that balance between the environment and resource development? In any case, I await responses from some of the key Provincial Premiers - as much as Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has been all over touting a partnership with First Nations groups, what will he say about ownership control... and then there's weakSauce Scheer (waiting to be told what to say by his handlers!).

on edit to add:

seems the eager-beavers couldn't wait: Indigenous-led group submits unsolicited bid to buy Trans Mountain pipeline

Indigenous-led group Project Reconciliation has submitted a preliminary proposal to the federal government to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline.

A federal government official confirmed to CBC News that the proposal has been received, but the government is not yet accepting formal bids.
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