Indigenous Peoples and Climate Technologies

Acknowledging indigenous peoples’ technologies and identifying linkages with Technology Needs Assessments This guidebook is produced as part of the GEF-Funded Global Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Project, which is implemented by UNEP and UNEP DTU Partnership. Since 2009, close to one hundred countries have joined…

UN Human Rights Council adopts historic resolutions on the right to a Safe Environment, Climate Change and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Geneva, Switzerland, October 12, 2021:  At the close of the UN Human Rights Council’s forty-eighth session on Friday, October 8, three resolutions in which the IITC had actively engaged were adopted. The right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is now formally recognized at the global level…

Snorri Baldursson passed away – Iceland and the Arctic lost its leading Ambassador for Conservation of Flora and Fauna

Snorri Baldursson passed away on September 29. We lost our member and close friend at the much too early age of 67. And Iceland and the Arctic lost its leading Ambassador for Conservation of Flora and Fauna. We remember him with his inspirational and…

A Problem of Moscow’s Own Making: Who is an Indigenous People in the Russian North?

Paul Goble Staunton, Sept. 27 – The Russian government has defined as indigenous peoples in the North those who are members of one of 40 numerically small peoples (under 50,000 each) who receive benefits from the government which allow them to continue to practice…

Russia: Siberian shaman who marched against Putin is indefinitely confined to a psychiatric hospital

Responding to a court decision that came into force today to indefinitely confine Siberian shaman, Aleksandr Gabyshev, to a psychiatric ward for vowing in 2019 “to purge” President Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin, Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International’s Moscow Office Director, said: “Aleksandr Gabyshev has…

Mining Energy-Transition Metals: National Aims, Local Conflicts

Many of the remaining untapped deposits of the metals critically needed for U.S. energy to transition from fossil fuels are located either near or within areas of cultural and environmental importance to Native Americans. Among these key energy-transition metals, 97% of nickel, 89% of…

Alaska activist and model Quannah Chasinghorse makes waves at Met Gala and New York Fashion Week

In a shining gold dress adorned with a family friend’s turquoise earrings, necklaces and bracelets made by Native artists, 19-year-old Quannah Chasinghorse turned heads at her first Met Gala — thestar-studded annual fundraiser and haute couture spectacle held Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in…

Elon Musk drives through loophole by launching Tesla on tribal land

Tesla opened its first facility in New Mexico this week in partnership with the Nambé Pueblo. Electric car manufacturer Tesla opened up its first sales and service center in New Mexico this week thanks to a first-of-its-kind partnership with a tribal nation.  New Mexico…

SHELL OIL LOOKS TO BE A LEADER IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING

What exactly does the oil industry have in store for charging companies? It sounds like the perfect plot for a conspiracy thriller: the giant oil companies are buying up electric vehicle charging companies as fast as they can. Do they mean to shut ‘em…

Indigenous leaders seek an apology about the mass grave in Albuquerque

Stakeholders: The public park the city built on top of the site should be closed immediately to recreation Native American leaders in Albuquerque are shaping the response and reconciliation from the city for a park built over a mass grave site of children who…