Specifically, the letter pushes lawmakers to abide by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) along with other treaties and international law regarding any proposed policies or projects that would impact “lands, territories, and/or natural resources, cultural properties and heritage, and other interests” of native communities.
Additionally, the groups “vigorously oppose” any efforts to slash existing environmental and public health protections, prevent dirty energy polluters from liability, or promote “corporate schemes that place profits over community burdens and benefits.” Their letter further charges that “fossil fuel companies should pay their fair share for damages caused by climate change, rather than shifting those costs to taxpayers.”
Pointing to recent warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) about the necessity of rapid and aggressive climate action, it also notes the growing popularity of a Green New Deal—backed by the Sunrise Movement and other organizations as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and several other Democratic lawmakers—that would couple bold climate policies with efforts to create a more just economy.
As Food & Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter concluded, “The excitement around the Green New Deal should energize Congress to take bold, transformative action on climate change.
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