One of the key concerns in much of WEA’s work is around the continued presence of environmental racism and environmental violence in Indigenous communities around the world, and how that presence impacts women in particular.  We see this appear in many ways: the siting of hazardous waste facilities, American corporations’ sale and exportation of poisonous…

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By: Sophie Sparksworthy, WEA Intern “Indigenous peoples have the right to the conservation and protection of the environment and the productive capacity of their lands or territories and resources.” — Article 29, UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples   The physical health and cultural well-being of Indigenous communities are threatened by increasing environmental…

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“[Tar sands oil] is not a future issue, it’s causing the land to be inhospitable, both on the reservations and for the surrounding area… There’s no way we’re going to change the surrounding area once it’s destroyed.” — Naomi Oderman, Media Liaison with Indian People’s Action (source) There are many equally important facets of the Keystone…

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By: Kahea Pacheco (Advocacy Network Coordinator) and Sophie Sparksworthy (WEA Intern) “[We recognize] that the tar sands in northern Alberta, Canada is one of the largest remaining deposits of unconventional oil in the world, containing approximately 2 trillion barrels, and there are plans for a massive expansion of development that would ultimately destroy an area…

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