CIEL Worldview

Defending the right to a healthy planet.

Pluma Hidalgo, Mexico. Photo credit: Rachel Baker/BIC

May 20, 2015
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So you want to include land in the new climate agreement? Then take a rights-based approach.

The land sector accounts for almost one-third of global carbon emissions. Including agriculture, forests, and other land uses, the land sector acts as both a creator and a remover of emissions.  Land is central to food production, livelihoods, cultural integrity, … Continue reading

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May 13, 2015
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For Civil Society Groups In Uganda, Access to Information is Key

The Early Warning System is a joint initiative by the International Accountability Project and the Center for International Environmental Law. The Early Warning System ensures local communities, and the organizations that support them, have verified information about projects likely to … Continue reading

Coal Plants emit pollution into the surrounding ecosystem.

February 12, 2015
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Global Divestment Day: Why and how to divest from fossil fuels

By Muriel Korol Senior Attorney, Climate & Energy Program Last month, 295 Stanford professors asked that the university divest from coal. They wrote that to limit global warming to 2°C (the currently-agreed international goal), the global community: must cap carbon … Continue reading

Operations at Tahoe's Escobal silver mine occur yards away from crops, livestock, and homes. September 2012. Credit: Amanda Kistler

February 7, 2015
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Norway Divests from Tahoe Resources Based on Ethics Council’s Concerns at Guatemalan Mine

After more than three years embroiled in community conflicts, legal complaints, and violence, Tahoe Resources’ (Tahoe) controversial operations at its Escobal silver mine in Guatemala has cost the company a major investor:  Norway’s sovereign wealth fund.

Tri Caucus at the Bonn UNFCCC Intercessional Meeting 2012

November 19, 2014
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Introducing the Tri-Caucus: “It takes a village”

In the world of UN climate negotiations, in which 194 official parties, as well as hundreds of observers and representatives from civil society and indigenous groups, have different and complex agendas and priorities, meaningful progress to reduce emissions is a … Continue reading

International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) comprises of indigenous peoples organizations/institutions from seven regions of the world; namely; Asia, Asia-Pacific, Africa, Arctic, Latin America, North America and Russia. Indigenous leaders formed this forum in 2000 as a mechanism to develop and strengthen united position/statement of indigenous peoples on climate change adaptation and mitigation; and sustain its human rights based advocacy and lobby work with government representatives and other stakeholders in the UNFCCC meetings.   The REDD+ Safeguards Working Group is a North-South coalition of civil society, indigenous peoples’ and local community organizations cooperating to ensure effective implementation of safeguards and the achievement of benefits for communities, climate and biodiversity through the global REDD+ mechanism. It currently comprises more than 30 organizations. For more information on our network, visit http://reddplussafeguards.com/   The Accra Caucus is a network of NGOs representing about one hundred civil society and indigenous peoples’ organization from 38 countries. The Caucus works to place the rights of indigenous peoples and forest communities at the center of negotiations on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), and to ensure that efforts to reduce deforestation promote good governance and are not a substitute for emissions reductions in industrialized countries

November 6, 2014
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Protecting Colombia’s Santurbán Páramo

Colombia’s thirty-four páramos are unique, high-altitude wetland ecosystems that serve as vital sources of freshwater for nearby inhabitants’ survival. To those who don’t directly rely on a healthy páramo ecosystem for life, however, these highlands have a different draw: precious … Continue reading

August 2, 2014
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Facing Goliath: CIEL lends David a (legal) hand

  A new amicus brief supports human rights and environmental protection in El Salvador’s battle to uphold environmental laws against Pac Rim Mining Corporation’s lawsuit. On July 25, CIEL co-hosted a brownbag lunch discussion featuring Teodoro Antonio Pacheco, a Salvadoran … Continue reading