[WEBINAR] Protecting Indigenous Rights and the Amazon amidst a Growing Climate Crisis

September 29, 2021 - 11:00am ET - Click here to RSVP

Languages: English, Spanish

Organized by: EarthRights International & OXFAM

Indigenous leaders across the Amazon issued an ambitious call to climate action earlier this month, calling on the international community to work alongside them to shift the tide on the climate crisis and protect 80% of the Amazon by 2025. For these leaders, protecting the Amazon means restoring parts of the area that have been devastated by decades of fossil fuel extraction and deforestation, while also putting a moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects.

Decades of fossil fuel extraction and deforestation have taken their toll. Projects moved ahead without the consent of Indigenous peoples, with roads, pipelines, airports, and oil platforms crisscrossing their territories, putting major water sources and biodiversity at risk. And communities living in the shadow of oil extraction continue to suffer one of the worst public health crises on the planet.

Co-hosted by EarthRights International and Oxfam, this webinar brings together Congressional leaders and Parliamentarians from Canada, the US, and Peru to discuss actions that the international community can and should take to support the protection of Indigenous rights, protect the Amazon, and combat climate change in Peru and other countries in the region. Panelists will also share perspectives on the upcoming COP climate negotiations in Glasgow and how these issues should be taken up in that venue.

This event is the second webinar in a series that will spotlight the struggles of Indigenous peoples across the Americas who are reshaping the geographies of fossil fuel extraction amid the worsening climate crisis. In the first webinar, Indigenous leaders from Line 3 to Block 192, testified to how their communities are doing everything in their power to protect their rights, their territories, their cultures, and our collective futures.

SPEAKERS

  • Indigenous Community Representative, PUINAMUDT
  • Representative Raúl Grijalva, Member, US House of Representatives (D-AZ)
  • Senator Rosa Galvez, Senate of Canada
  • Congresswoman Ruth Luque Ibarra, Member, Congress of Peru
  • Moderated by Anthony Bebbington, International Program Director, Natural Resources and Climate Change, Ford Foundation

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Raúl Grijalva began his career in public service as a community organizer in Tucson. From 1974 to 1986, Representative Grijalva served on the Tucson Unified School District Governing Board, including six years as Chairman. In 1988, he was elected to the Pima County Board of Supervisors, where he served for the next 15 years, chairing the Board for two of those years. Representative Grijalva resigned his seat on the Board of Supervisors in 2002 to seek office in Arizona’s newly created Seventh Congressional District. In 2018, Representative Grijalva became Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee. He also serves on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and is the Chairman Emeritus of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, as well as a long-standing member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Rosa Galvez, originally from Peru, is one of Canada’s leading experts in pollution control and its effect on human health. She was appointed to the Senate of Canada on December 6, 2016, representing Québec (Bedford). She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from McGill University and has been a professor at Université Laval à Québec since 1994, heading the Civil and Water Engineering Department from 2010 to 2016. She specializes in water and soil decontamination, waste management and residues, and environmental impact and risk assessment. Throughout her career, she has been requested by private, governmental and community organizations to offer expert advice. She also conducted an important study on the catastrophic oil spill at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

Ruth Luque Ibarra, is current congresswoman of the Republic of Peru and Vice President of the Commission of Andean, Amazonian, Afro-Peruvian, Environment and Ecology Peoples of the Congress. She is also a lawyer, activist, and defender of human rights. She studied at the National University of San Antonio Abad del Cusco. She was an advisor in the Congress of the Republic and advisor to the Latin American Union of Women (ULAM). She has served as executive director of the NGO Human Rights Without Borders and of the Vicar of Solidarity of the Prelature of Sicuani, in Cusco. Congresswoman Luque has also collaborated with various institutions including the Peruvian Section of Amnesty International and the National Human Rights Coordinator.

Anthony (Tony) Bebbington’s work addresses the impacts of extractive industries on community rights and territories, the role of social movements and NGOs in social and political change, and the factors driving inclusive rural development in Latin America and Indonesia. Before joining the foundation in 2021, Tony was Higgins Professor of Environment and Society and Director of the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University, and an Australia Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne. With more than 35 years experience, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and sits on the board of Oxfam America.