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.
December 3, 2015, Paris, France – In an article written for the National Catholic Reporter’s Global Sisters Report, Sister Elise García, OP, notes the “high expectations” of many participants of the Paris climate summit. Some of this is attributed to the influence of the non-credentialed civil society members, who present “side events” on the issue of global climate change. Among those side events was a presentation by members of the indigenous Sarayaku people, who have a special vision to address climate change. Read Sister Elise’s full article.