Daily Archives: October 27, 2016

A Special Report From #StandingRock: Part I – Dakota Water Protectors

The Laura Flanders Show

Published on Sep 27, 2016

Part 1 of our field reports from the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, or Seven Council Fires Community, at #StandingRock in Cannonball, North Dakota. Representatives from over 200 nations have travelled to #StandingRock to defend their right to clean water, and more, to preserve their sovereignty against a state that has illegally decided to take this land. They are protectors, not protesters. Their historic effort is bringing attention to a long struggle against environmental racism, indiscriminate raids, and genocidal erasure.

We follow the story and the story of how these communities, Standing Rock Camp and Red Warrior Camp, have come to be egalitarian and holistic actions.

Featured in this documentary are a group of indigenous leaders working with the community: Kandi Mossett of the Indigenous Environmental Network (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara – North Dakota); Phyllis Young – former councilwoman for Očhéthi Šakówin (Lakotah, Woman Who Stands By The Water), Cody Hall, media spokesperson for Red Warrior Camp (Sioux), Michelle Cook – Legal Counsel for Očhéthi Šakówiŋ camp (Diné – The One Who Walks Around You Clan), and Terrell Iron Shell of Thunder Valley Organizing and the International Indigenous Youth Council (Oglala Lakotah, Eastern Band Cherokee).

“We’ve been here. We know how to take care of the land. Just listen to us.”

For more information, go to www.nativeorganizing.org, or ienearth.org. Support this coverage at www.lauraflanders.com/join.

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RISE With Standing Rock

The Laura Flanders Show

Published on Oct 10, 2016

There’s a revolution happening in Standing Rock, at the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ camp, and across the country. Over 200 indigenous American nations and 6,000 people have travelled to the community in an unprecedented act of solidarity. Catalyzed by the fight against Dakota Access Pipeline, Native American tribes are protecting their water, but even more, protecting their sovereignty in the face of a colonialist State. In a time when we still celebrate Christopher Columbus, violent colonizer, the indigenous rights movement is more important than ever.

On Indigenous People’s Day 2016, we’re #StandingWithStandingRock. Journalist Jonathan Klett connects what’s happening in North Dakota to what’s happening in D.C. Chase Iron Eyes, US Representative Candidate for North Dakota and Judith LeBlanc, director of the Native organizers Alliance, speak to what’s at stake in this fight.

With music by Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia. Find out more at www.lauraflanders.com.

Mark Ruffalo Speaks at Standing Rock

The Laura Flanders Show

Published on Oct 27, 2016

Watch activist and actor Mark Ruffalo on the front lines of #StandingRock with protectors as a few miles away hundreds of law enforcement personnel are mobilizing, preparing for a possible raid of the new winter camp just east of the Sacred Ground site. Law enforcement today warned protectors camping at the new site to vacate, or all will be arrested. Ruffalo spoke from the Prairie Knights Casino just south of the new winter camp yesterday. Here is a Ruffalo sharing his message of solidarity to the community of Standing Rock. The panel discussion included with Dallas Goldtooth, Kandi Mossett, Chase IronEyes, Bobby Jean Three Legs of the International Indigenous Youth Council, and Krystal Rain Twobulls.

Mediterranean migrant death toll reaches all-time high – world

euronews (in English)

Published on Oct 27, 2016

The United Nations refugee agency says the Mediterranean death toll has soared to an all-time high, with at least 3,740 migrant deaths so far this year.

It almost matches the toll for the whole of 2015.

The figures come as NATO says it will provide support to the EU’s maritime, migrant mission off Libya’s coast and maintain its presence in the Aegean Sea.

This, despite a request from Turkey to put an end to the operation there.

“I think it’s important to understand that the NATO presence i…
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“Women’s health: a new global agenda” with Prof Robyn Norton

Oxford Martin School

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Global efforts to improve the health of women and girls have, in the past few decades, largely focused on reducing unacceptably high levels of maternal mortality and morbidity. In large part because of these successful efforts, the global burden of disease has changed significantly in recent years, such that the leading causes of death and disability for women in almost all countries in the world are now non-communicable diseases.

A global agenda for women’s health must, therefore, have a broadened, redefined focus to encompass not only women’s sexual and reproductive health, but also the leading causes of death and disability for women. In this talk Professor Robyn Norton, The George Institute for Global Health, will talk about what recommendations can be made and how they can be implemented.

Oxford Martin School,
University of Oxford

World Wildlife Population Fall



World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

A victim of poachers in Kenya: elephants are among the species most impacted by humans, the WWF report found. Photograph: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock

Living Planet Index shows vertebrate populations are set to decline by 67% on 1970 levels unless urgent action is taken to reduce humanity’s impact

Damian Carrington

Wednesday 26 October 2016 19.53 EDT Last modified on Thursday 27 October 2016 05.46 EDT

The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.

The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of wild habitats, hunting and pollution were to blame.

The creatures being lost range from mountains to forests to rivers and the seas and include well-known endangered species such as elephants and gorillas and lesser known creatures such as vultures and salamanders.

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2016 – Oceans – Biodiversity for a Livable Climate Conference, Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th

Oceans 2016 Program

Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th

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Program times are Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

As of October 24th the program is just about finished but still subject to some change based on speaker schedules. We hope that you are as excited about this conference as we are!

Friday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

6:00 – Our Oceans, Our Selves
Adam Sacks, Biodiversity for a Livable Climate
The earth is a system and humans are currently a keystone species within it. If we disappear, there will be other keystone species and the world will be different, but while we’re here we can make an extraordinary positive difference in how the system behaves. Let’s continue to figure it out.

6:30 – Secret Seas – A Story of Ocean Wonder Hidden beneath the Surface
Randi Rotjan, Boston University, New England Aquarium
In a time of growing environmental concern and crisis, it’s easy to forget that there are still places of spectacular beauty and wonder. Here, we will take a brief tour of the current state of the oceans, with a focus and emphasis on places that are thriving and offer perspective and hope.

7:00 – An End to Floods, Droughts and Other Aqueous Misdirections
Judy Schwartz, Author of Water in Plain Sight and Cows Save the Planet
In a healthy ecosystem, when water falls on land it stays in the neighborhood for a long time. It’s performing essential tasks on behalf of living things before finally making its way to the ocean. Because of ways humans have managed land since the beginning of agriculture, especially since the industrial revolution, water now lands on packed and ruined soils, rushing to the seas, leaving floods and droughts in its wake. Judy explains how we can manage the water cycle very differently, with broad benefits to biodiversity and a livable planet.

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“Can Conservation Biology Survive the Anthropocene?”

EPA tells Flint, state of Michigan to find water alternatives now | MLive.com

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is shown during a congressional hearing of the Flint water crisis on March 17, 2016 in Washington D.C. (Flint Journal file photo)

on October 26, 2016 at 2:30 PM, updated October 26, 2016 at 2:31 PM

FLINT, MI — The city and state of Michigan need to plan now for where Flint will get its drinking water at this time next year in the event it can’t keep up with an ambitious timeline for treating its own water, the top official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told Mayor Karen Weaver in a letter Tuesday, Oct. 25, that Flint must complete a laundry list of tasks, including construction of a 3-mile connector pipe to its water treatment plant, in the next 12 months — a job she described as complex, challenging and ambitious.

Flint has been receiving pre-treated water from the Great Lakes Water Authority for the past year, but is a partner in the Karegnondi Water Authority, which recently completed a pipeline to bring raw water to the region from Lake Huron.

By October 2017, the city is expected to lose its access to pre-treated water from the GLWA because a 9-mile section of transmission line that currently carries the water here won’t be available.

Genesee County, which purchased the line from the city in 2014, plans to use it itself after it begins treating KWA water at its own treatment plant and distributing it to communities surrounding Flint.

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