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Community Leaders Meet to Discuss Relocation in the Face of Climate Change

September 11, 2012 Leave a comment

By Alyssa Johl and John Crump*

Alaska PNG

Two different parts of the world, one common problem

This week, community leaders from two small villages in very different parts of the world will meet on Bougainville Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to discuss a common problem:  their need to relocate as a result of climate change.  The communities of Newtok, Alaska, and the Carteret Islands, Papua New Guinea, are among the first in the world to choose relocation as the best means of adapting to the effects of a changing climate and ensuring their cultural survival. Read more…

Rio+20 Outcome: The Anthropocene Challenge

September 10, 2012 Leave a comment

By Marcos Orellana, Rio de Janeiro (originally posted 22 June 2012)

Marcos, Alyssa and Andrea, part of CIEL’s delegation

On June 20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) officially started in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The Conference opened with a documentary, Welcome to the Anthropocene, which was introduced by the UN’s Secretary-General.  The documentary visually portrays the alteration in Earth’s natural cycles induced by human activities.
Welcome to the Anthropocene echoes the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) 5th edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), published on June 6, 2012.  The report concludes that the “scientific evidence shows that Earth systems are being pushed towards their biophysical limits.” Also it “cautions that if humanity does not urgently change its ways, several critical thresholds may be exceeded, beyond which abrupt and generally irreversible changes to the life-support functions of the planet could occur.” Read more…

UN Human Rights Council establishes an Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment

March 23, 2012 2 comments

CIEL and Earthjustice, working closely with Maldives, Costa Rica and Switzerland, obtained from the UN Human Rights Council a resolution on Human Rights & Environment that establishes an Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment.  Read more…

Cowboys and Aliens … and Goldcorp?

September 16, 2011 1 comment

Copyright 2011 Universal Pictures

By Amanda Kistler, Guatemala Project Campaigner

What does the new blockbuster hit Cowboys and Aliens (starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig) have in common with the Marlin Mine in Guatemala? Or rather, what do cowboys, aliens and Goldcorp all have in common? An unquenchable thirst for gold.

My most recent trip to the box office promised action, aliens, and Harrison Ford. I never expected that the battle between aliens and cowboys to control the Wild West would come down to a “who-gets-the-gold?” showdown of epic proportions. Turns out even aliens are willing to set up operations in remote areas, begin extraction in secret and disregard our planet for gold in this summer’s flick. Read more…

Glacial Progress at June Climate Talks in Bonn: Public Frozen Out

June 29, 2011 1 comment

By the CIEL Climate Team

Despite growing evidence that the effects of climate change are occurring earlier and more dramatically than foreseen just a few years ago, the UNFCCC negotiations continue to demonstrate how difficult it is to reach agreement on a broad-based binding framework for collective international action on climate change.  The two weeks of negotiations (June 6-17) in Bonn got off to a rocky start with agenda disputes holding up progress for several days.  Read more…

Shareholder Activism: Vote Demands Suspension of Goldcorp Mine in Guatemala

May 15, 2011 Leave a comment

By Amanda Kistler, Guatemala Project Campaigner

We’re off to Vancouver!

As I type this post at 30,000ft flying over Ontario, we are in crunch time preparing for Goldcorp’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Vancouver, BC this Wednesday, May 18th!

CIEL is a member of the International Coalition Against Unjust Mining in Guatemala (CAMIGUA), which works to defend the rights of the indigenous communities affected by Goldcorp’s Marlin mine. We use every tool available to us, including shareholder activism. The shareholders resolution we’ve submitted this year, which CIEL Senior Attorney Kris Genovese will defend on Wednesday, Read more…

Getting the IFC to respect & protect human rights.

March 2, 2011 4 comments

Hana Heineken, Law Fellow

By Hana Heineken

Today, CIEL, along with Amnesty International, Bretton Woods Project, and International Accountability Project, submitted a letter to the Vice President and CEO of the IFC, Lars Thunell, urging the IFC to respect and protect human rights.

What is the IFC? The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector lending arm of the World Bank, lends directly, or indirectly by way of financial intermediaries, to businesses in developing countries: in 2010, its investments totaled over 12.5 billion dollars, providing partial financing for over 500 projects worldwide.

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