December 8, 2015, Paris, France – Civil societies and faith-based organizations and UN government negotiators in general disagree over the best approach to keeping climate change from reaching catastrophic proportions. Rather than negotiating to reduce carbon emission drastically, some want to create technological or marketing solutions that would turn nature into a “service provider.” Sister Elise D. García, OP, Communications Director for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, writes of this disagreement in her latest article for The National Catholic Reporter’s Global Sisters Report.
Feature photo: Indigenous leader from Ecuador speaks to crimes against nature by Chevron to a 13-member international panel of judges headed by South African lawyer Cormac Cullinan, author of Wild Law. Left is co-prosecutor Ramiro Avila. (GSR photo / Elise D. Garcia)
December 7, 2015, Paris, France – A key study by Earth Law Center – released during the Civil Society side activities taking place during the UN Climate Summit – reveals a strong connection between the abuse of human rights and abuse of the rights of nature. In many cases, industries that violated the rights of nature through extraction of oil or minerals were also implicated in the deaths of people who tried to oppose these abuses. Read the full report by Sister Elise García, OP, Communication Director of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, in her December 5-6, 2015, report for Global Sisters Report.
Feature photo: From left: Liz Hosken, Osprey Orielle Lake, Linda Sheehan, and Natalia Greene at a Dec. 3 COP21 civil-society presentation. Photo by Elise D. Garcia, OP.