West Papua pro-independence leaders sell climate vision at COP26
“In West Papua we are facing genocide and ecocide,” he told SBS News.
“They are destroying our land, our environment in the name of development.”
It refers to Indonesia, which has controlled the region since 1962.
“In recent years, we have seen a large number of palm oil companies enter West Papua, with the support of the Indonesian government. The result is the destruction of an ancient rainforest,” said Raki Ap, spokesperson. word of the Free West Papua campaign.
West Papua is half of the island of New Guinea, home to the third largest rainforest in the world.
But its abundance of natural resources has made it an attractive destination for mining and fossil fuel companies.
It is home to the Grasberg mine, which contains the largest reserve of gold in the world and the second largest reserve of copper. Indigenous tribes say this has caused significant damage to the region’s ecosystem.
Source: SBS News
The Green State Vision plan would make “ecocide” a serious criminal offense and ensure that mining companies meet international environmental standards or go out of business.
It would also restore the trusteeship of natural resources to indigenous groups.
“How to make a policy without the most important stakeholders, which are the indigenous peoples? »Asks Mr. Ap.
“We know how to preserve nature and we are ready to meet the requirements of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
West Papua’s independence movement has no official seat at the COP26 table. Discussions with official participants were limited.
“We hope we gain momentum and people understand our Indigenous-led changes,” said Ap.
Source: SBS News
Instead, the group’s leaders speak to local environmental activists, hoping to gain public support for their vision.
“It is a matter of peace, justice and harmony with nature, our culture and our identity,” says Mr Wenda.
“We want to set an example for the world. We are ready to govern ourselves and to set an example for the rest of humanity.”