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21 Sep 2021

Adam Mahoney, Mother Jones

Indigenous resistors in North America are staving off tons of fossil-fuel emissions, says new report

A recent report by Indigenous Environmental Network, or IEN, and Oil Change International ... found that Indigenous-led resistance to 21 fossil fuel projects in the US and Canada over the past decade has stopped or delayed an amount of greenhouse gas pollution equivalent to at least one-quarter of annual US and Canadian emissions.

... Over the last few years, victories won against projects through direct actions have led to more than 35 states enacting anti-protest laws, jail time for protestors, thousands of dollars of fines, and even the killing of prominent activists.

... Indigenous resistance has directly stopped projects expected to produce 780 million metric tons of greenhouse gases every year and is actively fighting projects that would dump more than 800 million metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere every year. The analysis, which used publicly released data and calculations from nine different environmental and oil regulation groups, found that roughly 1.587 billion metric tons of annual greenhouse gas emissions have been halted.

... “The ultimate hope of the report was to show folks that we are winning, and we can win,” [Dallas Goldtooth, an organizer with IEN] said, “and these struggles are connected and onto themselves are an ecosystem that is paving the way for a better world.”