Natural Resources

Does Nature Have Rights? A Burgeoning Legal Movement Says Yes

"Climate change and environmental destruction have inspired court cases around the country—and the globe—aimed at protecting the natural world."

"For Chuck O’Neal, a lifelong outdoorsman and environmentalist, the moment of truth came on election night 2020, as results rolled in from perhaps the most partisan campaign season in American history.

Source: Inside Climate News, 09/22/2021

Extinction of Indigenous Languages Harms Knowledge Of Medicinal Plants

"A study at the University of Zurich in Switzerland shows that a large proportion of existing medicinal plant knowledge is linked to threatened Indigenous languages. In a regional study on the Amazon, New Guinea and North America, researchers concluded that 75% of medicinal plant uses are known in only one language."

Source: Mongabay, 09/21/2021

"Interior Secretary Signs Montana Tribes Water Rights Compact"

"Interior Secretary Deb Haaland signed the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes water rights compact on Friday, settling a decades-long battle over thousands of individual water rights in Montana and on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The deal also created a $1.9 billion trust to settle claims and refurbish the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project in Montana."

Source: AP, 09/21/2021
September 22, 2021

NYC Climate Week: Protecting 80% of the Amazonia by 2025

As the Amazon rainforest is in danger of flipping toward a savanna due to extractive activities, this webinar brings together Indigenous leaders with researchers from the Amazon Geo-Referenced Socio-Environmental Information Network to present evidence-based solutions and a global call to action. 2-3:30 p.m ET.

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