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Revolt at the U.N.

May 27, 2008

Ever wonder what happens at the U.N.? Well, check out this Youtube clip of an impressive non-violent protest that erupted on the last day of the United Nations’ recent 7th annual Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Objecting to a draft report endorsing a World Bank plan, South and Central American indigenous leaders began to clap in unison and call for the right to speak. Watch as the guards rush in and then (thankfully) are made to leave.

The World Bank carbon trading plan, called Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, allows global fossil fuel corporations to pollute in one part of the world (predictably, the so-called developing world) in exchange for preventing greenhouse emissions elsewhere on the globe. Yet another bad “climate control” policy, developed by those who continue to refuse to be disabused of their abusive power. Here’s to hoping we can develop real, sustainable and holistic solutions. Read more about the protest from Indian Country Today.


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