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Indigenous Environmental Network

Build Back Fossil Free, a coalition of over 1,100 groups pressuring the Biden Administration to declare a climate emergency and end the federal approval of new fossil fuel projects, released the following statement in response to the conflict in Ukraine, the latest IPCC report, and President Biden’s State of the Union:

As a coalition led by Black, Indigenous peoples, people of the global majority and those on the frontlines of fossil fuel industry expansion, we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and people everywhere, who are resisting attacks on their sovereignty and their homes. Everyone has the right to protect the land, air, and water, whether the threat comes from Putin’s tanks or the fossil fuel industry’s bulldozers. 

President Biden missed an opportunity in his State of the Union address to lay out a clear agenda for how to end our reliance on fossil fuels – fuels that are bankrolling Putin’s regime, wreaking havoc on our communities, and destroying our climate. It is time for Biden to finally commit to protecting vulnerable communities and building back fossil free, both here in the United States and around the world. 

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About Indigenous Environmental Network

Established in 1990, the Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. Indigenous Environmental Network’s activities include empowering Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

Learn more here: ienearth.org.

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