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Global Landscape Forum in Bonn starts next week. From the soil care network I learned that there was a focus on indigenous people. Here is the link to the conference. After that I went through the program and copied out some of the sessions and the people.


Opening Plenary: Inspirational Leadership

Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Plenary: Voices of the Landscape

• Janene Yazzie
Co-Convenor, Indigenous Peoples Major Group on Sustainable Development
• Rayanne Cristine Máximo Franca
Indigenous Baré of Brazilian Amazon
• Edward Thomas Porokwa
Masai pastoralist
• Gennady Shchukin
President , Association of Indigenous peoples of the Taymur area

Making climate action inclusive in forest landscapes
HOSTS: (UN REDD Programme) FAO, UNDP and UN Environment with Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), The Tenure Facility

Setting a race to the top: Guiding Principles to Rights-Based Approaches
HOSTS: Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) with The Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (IPMG SDGs)

Getting it right: discussing challenges of a tenure rights-based approach
HOSTS: Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) with Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

• Ermeto Tuesta Cerrón
Indigenous GIS specialist; Instituto del Bien Común (IBC), Lima, Peru
• Sônia Guajajara
Brazilian environmental and indigenous activist and politician

Plenary: Changing the Narrative

Tristan Ahtone
Native American Journalist Association, President

Solidarity Reception

HOSTS: The Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development (IPMG SDGs) with Global Landscapes Forum


thanks Don. . such a thrill for these people to be such a part of the solution.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Coal mining in Australia with its conservative government.

In the article, be sure and click on the graphic and follow the clicks to see the extent of what is involved.

Adani is Cleared to Start Digging its Coal Mine – Six Key Questions Answered

Don midwest
Don midwest

16 year old girl tells it like it is. Greta strikes again

Here is my speech from the Brilliant Minds conference in Stockholm. Since I don't have the video yet, I'm sharing it…

Posted by Greta Thunberg on Tuesday, June 18, 2019


I’ve been to Hell Mi. and back again https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/youtuber-buys-michigan-town-renames-it-gay-hell-protest-trump-n1018561

Daniel, 25, announced on Tuesday that he bought the town of Hell, Michigan, and officially renamed it Gay Hell.

He said it is an act of protest against the Trump administration recently rejecting requests from U.S. embassies to fly the rainbow flag, a symbol of gay pride, during the month of June in celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month.

The town is about 15 miles northwest of Ann Arbor and is believed to have a population of about 70 people.

The town is about a 20 min.drive for me.


A email from Bernie

Lawrence –

During the last 45 years there have been a lot of campaign promises made by candidates, a lot of political party platforms, a lot of great speeches and a lot of important pieces of legislation passed.

But, at the end of all of that, we have to ask ourselves some very simple questions that are too rarely asked.

Why, despite huge increases in technology and worker productivity, is the average American worker today – in real, inflation-accounted-for dollars – earning no more than he or she did in 1974?

Why are half of our people living paycheck to paycheck, with no money in the bank and scared to death that their car might break down or that a family member could end up in the hospital?

Why, in the last 30 years, has there been a massive transfer of wealth from the working families of this country to the very rich – with the top 1% seeing its wealth increase by $21 trillion – while the bottom half saw a $900 billion decline in its wealth?

Why, for the first time in the modern history of our country, is the younger generation experiencing a lower standard of living than their parents with more debt, lower wages and less home ownership?

Why, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, do we have more people incarcerated than any other nation?

Why are we the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all, while we pay by far the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs?

Why will 500,000 Americans sleep out on the streets tonight while millions of others are paying 40 or 50 percent of their limited incomes for housing?

Why is there a gap in life expectancy of 15 years between the wealthiest Americans and the poorest, with life expectancy in our country actually in decline?

Why do we have more wealth and income inequality than any other major nation with the disparity between the rich and poor growing wider? Three individuals now own more wealth than the bottom half of America, the top one percent owns more wealth than the bottom 92 percent and 49 percent of all new income goes to the top one percent.

And here is the reason why.

Unfettered capitalism works extraordinarily well for the very rich and powerful special interests, while it is a disaster for ordinary Americans. While the billionaire class becomes richer, tens of millions of Americans are unable to afford the basic necessities of life – decent food, shelter, housing and education – and many are going deeper and deeper into debt.

What differentiates our campaign from all others is the understanding that real change in this country will not occur unless we have the courage to build a political revolution – unless millions of people stand up and take on the greed of the powerful special interests that control so much of our economic and political life.

We must not only win this election. We must build the kind of powerful grassroots movement that can bring transformative change to the country.

Together, we must finally confront the power structure of this country whose greed has done so much harm to the economic and moral fabric of America.

Our job is to take on Wall Street and break up the major financial institutions that have so much power over our economy. Our job is to take on the insurance industry and move this country to a Medicare for all single payer program. Our job is to take on the pharmaceutical industry and lower prescription drugs by half. Our job is to take on the fossil fuel industry and save the planet by transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy. Our job is to take on the military industrial complex, cut military spending and end endless wars. Our job is to take on the prison industrial complex, end private prisons and mass incarceration. Our job, finally, is to bring about comprehensive immigration reform.

It goes without saying that what we are trying to do is enormously difficult. We are taking on the entire economic and political establishment. In that regard, I am reminded of the remarks that President Franklin D. Roosevelt made during his campaign in 1936 when he talked about the corporate elite of his time.

“Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me — and I welcome their hatred.”

We are not going to run away from the power of corporate America. We will confront it and we will win.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders


Thanks for posting this, la58, and a couple of ??’s, if you don’t mind:

1. All I get from the Bernie campaign is the “begging” emails, and I think they’re all routed through Act Blue. So I tend to ignore them, and try to find other ways to support the campaign. Are you an ongoing funder?

2. This email is great as a summary of Bernie’s positions and his understanding of our country’s problems. Would you have any idea of WHY the campaign is sending this email along to you? Is this a form of “reinvigoration” for Bernie’s base? Is his base increasing? My impression thus far is that Bernie supporters are already pretty familiar with his positions. . . .

Thanks for your answers (if you get the chance; if not, no problem!)


The only thing I can think of as to why I get this emails and some don’t is that I came close to maxing out on donations last time


I get all his emails. Most ask for money which doesn’t bother me. I worked the 2016 campaign and signed up for this one. I have a feeling he’s got so many volunteers now that I won’t be all that active. 🙂

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