COP26 failing land defenders

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A quick update about the COP26 climate summit before we travel to witness the Wet’suwet’en land defence struggle in British Columbia.

Thank you to everyone who registered for our webinar on COP26 this past Saturday. If you missed it, the link to the video, excerpts and more can be found at PBI hosts webinar with frontline environmental defenders during COP26 summit.

We had more than 400 people from 17 countries register for this webinar and already the video has been watched almost 200 times!

Sadly, the actions – and even the words – of the leaders gathered in Glasgow for this summit are falling far short of what is needed.

Despite the killings of more than 1,005 land and environmental rights defenders since COP21 in 2015, the first draft of the Glasgow decision text fails to make mention that the criminalization and violence against defenders must stop.

As such our collective work of accompanying defenders, amplifying their struggles and advocating for change must and will continue.

Accompaniments this week

1- PBI-Guatemala accompanies the Peaceful Resistance of La Puya at a monthly mass at mine protest

2- PBI-Guatemala accompanies BDH lawyers at hearing in killing of French NGO worker Benoit Maria

3- PBI-Honduras accompanies Arcoiris/Rainbow Association at release of report on violence against LGBTQI+ community

4- PBI-Colombia accompanies the Justice and Peace Commission to the Chidima Tolo reservation

5- PBI-Colombia accompanies Justice and Peace Commission at Perla Amazónica Peasant Reserve Zone

6- PBI-Colombia accompanies CREDHOS at psychosocial workday in Cimitarra, Magdalena Medio

There are also many more daily posts on Twitter at @PBIcanada about other accompaniments, COP26 and our ongoing work. We encourage you to follow us on Twitter, we have been able to expand our reach by more than 6,000 people over the last two years.

And if you can support this work with a donation large or small, please donate now. Any amount is appreciated, it helps us to continue to do our work, and a charitable tax receipt is automatically generated and emailed to you!

Thank you!

Brent, PBI-Canada

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