It’s no coincidence that the world’s remaining biodiversity hotspots are found on Indigenous territories. In fact, 95 percent of places with the highest rate of biodiversity are stewarded by Indigenous peoples. Indigenous lands also contain most of the world’s remaining forests, minerals and undammed rivers. But as the population grows and resources shrink, extractive industries, dams, and agro-industries are encroaching deeper and deeper into the traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples, threatening their human rights, their land and their culture. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples states that Indigenous Peoples have the right to free, prior and informed consent before such actions take place, but many companies and governments ignore this principle–because no one holds them accountable otherwise. When a small community faces off against corporate giants, they need allies on their side.
Global Response takes on these challenges. We partner with Indigenous communities to urge companies and governments to respect Indigenous People’s right to free, prior, and informed consent. Within the Americas, our campaigns do on-the-ground, in-depth research with Indigenous communities to launch informed, targeted campaigns within three categories:
In places where we can’t be on the ground ourselves, we also launch Endorsement Campaigns by partnering with like-minded organizations to help spread the word about important issues that haven't gotten enough international attention.
Interested in Global Response coming to your community? Read more about how to request a campaign, here:
12 Month Calendar featuring Cultural Survival's work advancing Indigenous Peoples' rights around the world
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