Many children had lost their lives in Indian Residential Schools. According to an article of the National Post most children died of tuberculosis. Malnutrition was a problem. They did lack even the most basic health care. One child died after stepping on a nail. Most notably are those children who died because they tried to run away f.i. in the fear of being beaten. The average death rate was as high as under Canadian Prisoners of War in Nazi custody (1:50). Besides the losses in lives the effects of cultural alienation caused by these school continue to last and may pander things like alcoholism or higher suicide rates. In other parts of the world such boarding schools are still a realtiy. In our last message we have reported from children who died after running away from a boarding school in Malaysia (You can still sign the petition from then…).
Draconic Laws put into force: More than 150 water protectors, land defenders and climate warriors from more than 2,000 were arrested on Monday at the Treaty People Gathering in Minnesota to stop the Line 3 tar sand pipeline. President Biden has the power to stop the pipeline, and police harassment and intimidation right now. Call President Biden now and tell him to #StopLine3 and #BuildBackFossilFree! See a map of major pipeline projects. new:petition against Amazon Crude Oil; more concerning Line 3: Rising Tide North America.
Chlorpyrifos is especially harmful to children causing learning disabilities, including reductions in IQ, developmental delay, and behavioral problems. In the EU the pesticide is already forbidden and now a court in the US has ruled that Chlorpyrifos is too dangerous to grow our food. Tell the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to follow suit and forbid the chemical.
PFAS (per & polyfluor alkyl substances) are a group of persistent non-biodegradable chemicals impacting the thyroid, immune system, reproductive system, lowering the effects of vaccinations, raising the susceptibility for infections, causing cancer, liver damage, low birth weight and other health problems. These chemicals already have become ubiquituous appearing in breast milk in the US. Though they are regulated in the EU they are easily transported in the environment covering long distances away and an increasing problem worldwide: article at msmagazine.com, mentioned also at elstel.org, plastics article.
An exemplary ruling by a Dutch court orders Shell to cut its emissions by 45% within the next 10 years. “If they truly believe their strategy aligns with Paris, then there should be no problem complying with the court’s demands,” says Teulings. “Shell’s decision to appeal is therefore irreconcilable. Therein lies the lie.” Despite the appeal, the judgment must be implemented immediately. In the aftermath Exxon shareholders, including investment giants BlackRock and Vanguard, voted to oust at least two of the oil giant’s board members in favour of candidates put forward by Engine No 1, an activist hedge fund founded less than six months ago, for failing to take the transition to low-carbon energy seriously. At Chevron, more than 60% of investors voted in favour of a climate resolution from Dutch campaign group Follow This to force the company to reduce its emissions. However, on the other side BlackRock, Vanguard, and State StreetTogether have still provided $46 billion to oil companies currently operating in the Amazon rainforest that are linked to horrific environmental and human rights records, indigenous rights abuses, hazardous pollution, corruption, biodiversity loss, and climate warming (see amazonwatch.org). We have already reported that GeoPark, a Chilean oil company, was actively paying paramilitary forces to threaten and intimidate local residents of the campesino community known as Perla Amazónica, in Putumayo, Colombia. The “Big Three” manage trillions of dollars of investments for individual and institutional investors all over the world, including pension funds and university endowments. Together they control nearly 20 trillion dollars. A Canadian oil and gas exploration company, ReconAfrica, plans to go ahead with fracking in the Namibian headwaters of the Okavango Delta and the Tsodilo Hills, an UNESCO World Heritage Site in Botswana: sign the petition.