Contextualising the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use

Introduction On 2 November 2021 the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Glasgow Leaders' Declaration on Forests and Land Use (here). 105 parties to the convention supported the declaration, which puts a strong focus on the conservation of forests and the rights of indigenous …

The conflict between a ‘green economy’ and indigenous livelihoods: a Norwegian case.

Introduction 11 October 2021 marked an important day for the indigenous Sámi in Norway: the Norwegian Supreme Court ruled that traditional reindeer grazing grounds on the Fosen Peninsula in Central Norway cannot be used as a site for wind turbines, operated by Fosen Vind. This means that two large wind farms, Roan and Storheia, may …

Pledge versus practice: India’s expanding coal industry, biodiversity and indigenous communities

Introduction In early October 2021 India's minister for power, new and renewable energy, R.K. Singh, informed the public that the current demand for power in his country has exceeded the usual post-monsoon demand from earlier years (here). Several new outlets have picked up on this problem since this would lead to potential power outages in …

Short-distance flights: the German Green Party’s blessing or curse?

Zur deutschen Version, bitte hier klicken. Over the last week or so, the German Green Party made headlines when Annalena Baerbock - head of the Green Party - declared in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag, that short-distance flights should be taxed massively in order to reach climate neutrality. The raison d'être of this …

The Saami Council’s Arctic Strategy — Partnership, Education and Advocacy

The Saami Council released the Sámi Arctic Strategy during the EU Arctic Forum in Umeå, Sweden, in early October 2019. It is the second Arctic indigenous people's strategic document, which has been released, following the 2016 Inuit Declaration on Arctic Sovereignty. While structurally and in scope different, these two documents demonstrate the increasing role indigenous …