Climate Change: Not Just Any Action Will Do

Sept 24th 2014

By Pablo Solon, co-authored with Josie Riffaud and Tony Clarke

On Sunday, hundreds of thousands gathered in New York for one of the biggest marches against climate change. The occasion is the Climate Summit convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the theme of which is "take action." But does that action actually include measures that could do further harm to the planet?

September 19 – 23, New York: Mobilize and organize to Stop and Prevent Planet Fever!

(Français ci-bas, el espanol abajo)

When we, as human beings, get a fever, we immediately get worried and take action. After all, we know that if our body temperature rises to 1.5ºC, let alone 2ºC [3.6 ºF] above the normal average, there can be severe damage, while an increase of 4-6ºC [7.2-10.8 ºF] or more can cause a comatose situation and even death.

Gaza: Declaration by Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award

(Tony Clarke, president and founder of the Polaris Institute, is a signatory of this letter and the 2005 laureate of the Right Livelihood Award for his longstanding work on trade justice and the right to water.)

Stockholm/New Delhi, July 25 2014: As recipients of the Right Livelihood Award, popularly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize“, we strongly condemn the killing of hundreds of children and innocent civilians in Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces, the indiscriminate firing of rockets by Hamas against Israeli civilians, and we mourn the continued suffering of Gaza’s inhabitants.

Defending rights from corporate power

The case for a Peoples’ Treaty

Author(s): Richard Girard
July 1, 2014

On April 24, 2013, an eight-storey building known as Rana Plaza collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killing more than 1,100 garment workers and injuring thousands of others. The victims, mostly women, worked in factories owned by a number of companies (New Wave Bottoms, Phantom, Ether Tex) that make clothing for high-profile retailers, including Walmart, Loblaw, Benetton, Bonmarché, the Children's Place, El Corte Inglés, Mango, Matalan and Primark. In response to the collapse, survivors and outraged Bangladeshis, and global civil society and labour groups, among many others, demanded justice for the killed garment workers.

The Geneva Week of Mobilization Begins

The Polaris Institute's Executive Director, Richard Girard, is in Geneva this week to participate in a week of mobilization organized by the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power to pressure the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt binding codes that would regulate Transnational Corporations and provide access to justice for victims of human rights violations committed by corporations.

The week action kicked off with a hearing of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal:

Corporate giants go on trial for human rights abuses in Geneva

Tribunal hears cases of corporate violations highlighting the need for a global treaty

For Immediate Release

June 23-27, Geneva - Week of mobilization to stop corporate crimes and impunity

Polaris team member Richard Girard will be heading to Geneva to participate in the June 23-27 Week of mobilization organized by the Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power during the meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Richard Girard, membre de l'équipe de Polaris, se rendra à Genève du 23 au 27 juin pour participer à une semaine de mobilisation organisée par la campagne pour démanteler le pouvoir corporatif en marge d'une réunion du Conseil des Nations Unies sur les droits humains.

Peoples' Tribunal on Mining - TPP sur l'industrie minière - Montréal, 29 mai - 1er juin

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Hearing on Latin America

From May 29th to June 1st, 2014, the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) will be held in Montreal, for the first hearing of an international opinion tribunal on the Canadian mining industry.

Register online to participate in the Tribunal

NS Energy Minister Shut Down by Mi’kmaq Women: Demand Treaties Upheld

(MI’KMAQ’I, HALIFAX, Monday March 31st, 2014, Maritimes Energy Association Briefing) — Several Mi’kmaq women shut down a Maritimes Energy Association briefing held at the Westin Nova Scotian this morning around 8am, supported by a rally of over a hundred protesters. The NS Energy Minister intended to give a briefing on the Province’s plan to move forward on oil and gas projects to members of industry. Two banners were dropped from the hotel roof declaring Water Is Sacred and Stop the Energy East (pipeline), and an imitation frack­well was erected to show opposition to the controversial shale­gas exploration process.

Indonesia takes a brave decision to terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Netherlands

Release distributed by some of Polaris' international allies.

Indonesia for Global Justice - Both ENDS - Centre for Research on Multinational Corporation (SOMO) - Transnational Institute (TNI)

Amsterdam/Jakarta, 24-03-2014

After South Africa, Indonesia takes a brave decision to terminate its Bilateral Investment Treaty with the Netherlands