10 March 2022 - NPWJ News Digest on Environmental Justice & Human Rights


Ending short flights would cut EU imports of Russian oil by €2 billion
Greenpeace, 09 Mar 2022

Ending short-haul flights in the EU, where a rail alternative already exists, would save enough jet fuel to reduce the bloc’s annual oil imports from Russia by around €2 billion annually, according to new analysis by Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe. The new calculations come ahead of a meeting of EU leaders in Versailles on Thursday and Friday to discuss ways to reduce the EU’s dependence on energy imports from Russia. 


Climate change will fuel greater displacement
Al Jazeera, 08 Mar 2022

For the first time, there is high confidence among scientists that the impacts of climate change are increasingly driving displacement in all regions of the world. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) latest report, published on February 28, recognises that climate change is one of several multi-dimensional factors contributing to forced movement today, and that “peace and mobility” are at significant risk from its effects. Without global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and better adapt to the effects of climate change, say the authors, the number of people displaced will grow in the coming decades.


Ogoni Women’s Climate Justice Was Decades Ahead of Today’s Debates
Ms. Magazine, 08 Mar 2022

The story of the Ogoni women of Southern Nigeria makes the term “climate change” seem nonsensical. The climate didn’t simply change—someone altered it. “They were ready to take the oil, and we told them they would no longer take the oil. Even in Dere, they packed up and left,” Karalole, a member of the Federation of Ogoni Women’s Association (FOWA), proudly declared as she recounted the nonviolent demonstration she along with other Ogoni people of the Southern Nigerian ethnic group participated in that ultimately led Shell Oil to abandon their drilling site in their land. 


How COP27 can deliver climate justice for rural women
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 08 Mar 2022

 Households in Bangladesh, where women have equal participation in decision-making, are more likely to grow a greater range of crops,  a key strategy for minimising the risk that climate change poses to food security and nutrition. Women are also more likely to raise locally adapted livestock breeds that are inherently more resilient to climate stress. To drive such changes in other places - and deliver climate justice for millions of rural women - the $100 billion a year richer nations have promised to deliver in climate finance must be directed toward the worst impacted women, and men, in the most affected regions of the world. Campaigners and governments in low-incime countries have great expectactions for this year's COP27 climate talks that the $100 billion promised in 2009 will finally materialise. 


Indigenous-led report warns against ‘simplistic take on conservation’
Mongabay, 08 Mar 2022

Conservation needs to adopt a human-rights based approach to deal effectively and equitably with the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, according to a new report co-authored by more than 20 indigenous and community organisations across Asia.The report, published by the NGO Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) in February, says that without meaningful consultation of and participation by local communities, top-down conservation solutions such as “30 by 30” will only deepen inequalities while leading to the prosecution of indigenous groups.


From humble roots, a restoration plan in Brazil aims for 1.5m hectares of forest
Mongabay, 04 Mar 2022

A program to restore forest cover in a watershed area that serves São Paulo and other urban centers has restored 5,000 hectares (12,400 acres) since 2016. The Conservador da Mantiqueira program includes 425 municipalities in the Mantiqueira Mountains in the states of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais. The program was inspired by the smaller Conservador das Águas project in the municipality of Extrema, Minas Gerais state, which has planted more than 2 million native trees since it started in 2005, and pioneered the use of payment for ecosystem services (PES) in Brazil. The Mantiqueira Mountains watershed, part of the Atlantic Forest, is the source of the largest rivers supplying water to southeastern Brazil’s major cities.