Survival International,
International organization working in partnership with tribal peoples to campaign, lobby and protest for their land rights.

30x30 is a global goal that seeks to protect 30% of the planet’s land and oceans by 2030 to combat the climate crisis, restore biodiversity loss, and ensure access to clean air and water for future generations. While this commitment drafted by the UN promotes a solution to global environmental degradation, it fails to consider the rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities, especially in the Global South.

Historically, Western conservation efforts were founded on the racist and colonialist idea that nature is devoid of humans to justify stealing Indigenous land for settlements. The “Protected Areas” outlined in the 30x30 target perpetuates this colonial model. Right now, Indigenous Peoples in local parts of Africa and Asia are being forced off their lands, yet have the smallest carbon footprint. It is no coincidence that 80% of the world’s biodiversity is found on Indigenous land. Indigenous Peoples have protected and managed their ancestral homelands for millennia.

Existing “Protected Areas” have witnessed a rapidly declining loss in biodiversity by evicting Indigenous Peoples from their homes, often through violent means. These conservation projects are often funded by large Western NGOs with vested interests in extractive industries. Although the intention behind 30x30 seems progressive, our planet cannot afford another false solution that masks the real cause of biodiversity loss—exploitation of natural resources driven by the Global North.
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