NO MORE GREEN LIES,
How would you feel if you were evicted from your home? If your friends and family were tortured and killed when they try to feed themselves? That's the reality for Indigenous Peoples in Protected Areas in many parts of the world.
A new policy, supported by governments, conservation NGOs and industry, plans to double Protected Areas – double the violence and misery.
Join our protest against these dangerous plans!
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN OUR PROTEST IN MARSEILLE?
The IUCN World Conservation Congress will take place in Marseille from September the 3rd.
From the comfort of their elite event, world leaders, corporate bosses and the conservation industry will be trying to turn 30% of the planet into Protected Areas (30x30) and pushing other “Nature-Based Solutions” (NBS).
THESE MAY SOUND LIKE GOOD IDEAS, SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
Their plans are false solutions, dangerous and unjust.
They divert attention from the real causes of environmental destruction and climate change, and from those who are most responsible.
This is not a coincidence! Many big conservation NGOs partner with the most polluting corporations and governments on Earth.
We can’t trust the people who have destroyed nature to protect it!
They won’t stop biodiversity loss or climate change, for which a real change in our way of life is necessary.
In fact, Protected Areas don’t protect nature! Often, to make room for Protected Areas, Indigenous Peoples are kicked out. But evidence proves that Indigenous Peoples take care of and manage their environment better than anyone else. Once communities are gone, others, including tourists and even extractive industries, are welcomed in.
Protected Areas don’t protect people!
They are usually created without the consent of the people who have been living there for generations and in violation of their rights. Mainstream conservation is increasingly militarized, leading to atrocities - like rape, torture, murder and the eviction of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
30x30 will be the biggest land grab in history, leading to more human rights violations in the name of “conservation”.
These plans are unjust – 30x30 and the NBS will come at the expense of those least responsible for the climate crises: Indigenous Peoples and other local people, mostly based in the Global South.
DOUBLING PROTECTED AREAS WILL DOUBLE THE VIOLENCE AND MISERY
We must expose the green lies and challenge the IUCN’s Congress to abandon 30×30 and other Nature-Based Solutions
WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR?
Social and climate justice!
Indigenous Peoples are the best conservationists - their territories safeguard 80% of global biodiversity - but their voices are silenced, their rights violated and their lives continue to be threatened. In the meantime, the real causes of environmental destruction are ignored in the main conservation conferences: exploitation of natural resources for profit and growing overconsumption, driven by the Global North.
It is time to decolonize conservation, put Indigenous Peoples and their rights at the core of climate action, and address the real problems.
WHAT DO WE PROPOSE INSTEAD?
Real solutions - ones that are anti-racist, anti-colonial and respect diversity - are already here, and they work! These are solutions that put tribal peoples at the heart of conservation, and prioritize their voices in our efforts to solve the climate and biodiversity crises.
This approach means that governments must respect, protect and fulfill Indigenous Peoples’ rights, including recognition of all land rights. This is by far the most effective and just way to protect biodiversity.
A radical decolonial vision of conservation will be discussed at the congress - More to come!
JOIN OUR PROTEST TO DECOLONIZE CONSERVATION AND FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE.
When: Friday, September 3 - 5:00 pm
Where: We will assemble at Porte d’Aix (Marseille, France) from 4:30 pm.
The march will leave at 5:00 pm, moving towards the Vieux Port, where we will continue the protest!
Are you coming to Marseille?
Join our telegram channel to participate in the protest - OurLandOurNatureProtest
If you can’t make it to Marseille in person, join us virtually and get involved online!
We’ve prepared a social media Virtual Protest Kit where you’ll find everything you need to protest online.
Here are just a few examples of what’s available, find lots more in the protest kit.