COP27: B.C. Indigenous leaders make climate policy pitch


Vancouver –

First Nations leaders from British Columbia are taking their atmosphere and climate policy pitch on to the worldwide stage at a United Nations climate convention in Africa in an try to set a tone for home climate policy.

Leaders of the First Nations Climate Initiative, made up of 4 B.C. First Nations, say they may leverage their invitation to COP27 to reiterate the climate motion plan it offered to the provincial and federal governments in September.

Alex Grzybowski, a facilitator for the First Nations Climate Initiative, mentioned one in every of their key objectives amongst seven policy proposals is to cut back poverty in First Nations communities by implementing revolutionary climate insurance policies.

“There’s an extraordinary opportunity to achieve reconciliation objectives, as we decarbonize,” Grzybowski mentioned. “Decarbonization and decolonization are part and parcel of the same thing.”

First Nations need a chance to be a part of that rebuilding to satisfy climate change objectives, he mentioned.

“If we were to decarbonize and (nations) were still marginalized, it would be just recolonization.”

He mentioned it is now not sufficient to have Indigenous illustration in decision-making. Instead, he mentioned, policy concepts from Indigenous communities must be “fundamental” to all useful resource and power choices.

More than 120 world leaders are anticipated to attend the two-week Conference of Parties 27, or COP27, beginning Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. A spotlight can be chopping greenhouse fuel emissions and boosting monetary assist for poor nations fighting the impacts of climate change.

Grzybowski mentioned the group had not initially set its sights on presenting on the worldwide stage but it surely is sensible as a result of they’re all attempting to attain the identical goal.

“It’s about working collaboratively with jurisdictions around the world, (and) with Indigenous people around the world, to try to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and recovering the climate. That’s the principle purpose of being here.”

The convention goal is for nations to barter world objectives for tackling climate change, current their particular person plans for contributing to these objectives and report on their progress.

Grzybowski mentioned he hopes to community and collaborate with different political and Indigenous leaders in the course of the occasion to search out revolutionary options to the disaster.

“We have to think globally as well as locally, and we have to act globally as well as locally,” he mentioned. “(First) Nations want to develop relationships with other countries. You’re not going to develop those relationships if you’re not out there meeting people.”

Candice Wilson, environmental supervisor for the Haisla Nation, agreed, saying her important purpose of attending the convention is to “information share” with political and Indigenous leaders from world wide.

“This will give us the opportunity to showcase the work that we’re doing in our traditional territories and how ecosystem restoration is our key driver in taking part in nature-based solutions projects.”

The First Nations Climate Initiative was chosen by the federal authorities to hitch its delegation on the convention. It is scheduled to make a 45-minute presentation on the Canadian Pavilion on Tuesday that Grzybowski mentioned will give attention to three key areas: nature-based climate options, new power programs and the significance of Indigenous management.

This yr marks the twenty seventh Conference of the Parties. The events are the 198 nations, together with Canada, that agreed to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The goal of the conference is to stabilize greenhouse fuel concentrations and the United Nations says the onus rests on industrialized nations as a result of they’re the supply of most greenhouse fuel emissions.

Under the conference, developed nations conform to share expertise and assist climate change actions in growing nations by offering monetary assist for motion on climate change.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 5, 2022.


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