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No peace pipe: Native American tribes on warpath over Keystone XL pipeline from RT.com

May 18, 2013 Leave a comment

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Leaders from 11 Native American tribes stormed out of a meeting with US federal officials in Rapid City, South Dakota, to protest the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which they say will lead to ‘environmental genocide.’

Native Americans are opposed to the 1,179-mile (1,897km) Keystone XL project, a system to transport tar sands oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in Texas for various reasons, including possible damage to sacred sites, pollution, and water contamination.

Although the planned pipeline would not pass directly through any Native American reservation, tribes in proximity to the proposed system say it will violate their traditional lands and that the environmental risks of the project are simply too great.

Russ Girling, CEO of TransCanada, the company that hopes to build the pipeline, has promised in the past that Keystone XL will be “the safest pipeline ever built.”

The Indian groups, as well as…

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Opposition to dam remains strong in Hasankeyf

February 19, 2013 Leave a comment

Water resources intersect with environmental justice claims – these conflicts play over and over again throughout the world — India, Turkey, China. Economic development, and it utilitarian arguments about what is good, overtake the counter claims of communities who will have considerable loss and dispossession. From a justice perspective, who is right? What are the principles for establishing just ends? How do we get there from where we are today?

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Opinions about the Ilısu Dam project in Hasankeyf remain fiercely divided after more than half a century. The Turkish government claims the long-stalled project will generate hydroelectric power and bring development to an impoverished region. But critics say it will irrevocably destroy a cultural and environmental heritage that dates back more than 10,000 years.

Debate over a controversial dam in Southeast Turkey has been raging for more than 50 years, but residents of the ancient and threatened town of Hasankeyf show no signs of giving up the fight.

“In the last four years, more tourists have started coming to Hasankeyf. They like it here and it is nice for us to be able to share our culture,” said Semra Argun, a local woman who, along with her husband and family, runs the only motel in town. “If the dam is constructed we will lose everything – our homes, this history…

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Crofters – Scotland’s Indigenous Peoples

February 5, 2013 2 comments

Crofters – Scotland’s Indigenous Peoples

In class we have been talking about the unique situations of indigenous peoples and how they interact with governing bodies and environmental justice issues. I am of Scottish heritage and wondered what rights Scotland’s native people are afforded/denied. Crofters are small scale subsistence farmers who dwell in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. This article talks about some of the rights they are fighting for including participation for the community and they compare themselves to the Sami people in Norway. I found it interesting that the foundation says in Scotland “crofters have historically suffered the same kinds of oppressive treatment as indigenous peoples globally in an effort to destroy their language, culture and way of life.” This ties into the capabilities approach we talked about and how removing their culture limits the functioning of the community as a whole.

For more reference on Crofters you can check out this BBC News article! http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/highlands_and_islands/6493015.stm

January 30, 2013 3 comments

Informative piece on the relationship between indigenous communities and climate change. Consider this while you read Schlosberg and Carruthers next week.

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Brookings Institution / by Ilan Kelman and Marius Warg Næss
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This paper explores anthropogenic climate change influencing displacement/migration for the Saami in Finland, Norway and Sweden near or above the Arctic Circle. Norway plays a large role throughout this discussion because (i) most residents in Arctic Scandinavia live in Norway, (ii) most indigenous peoples in Arctic Scandinavia live in Norway, and (iii) Norway is the only country of the three which has Arctic coastline…

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