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Catalyzing Local Action

The likelihood of the world being able to meet our ambitious goals on nature and climate will depend to a large extent on local action - the many actions that communities, citizens, civil society groups and individuals take all over the world.

                          #LocalAction

   #EquatorPrize  #FairTrade

   #IndigenousPeoples

   #IPLC

   #DefendTheDefenders

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#Local
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#LocalAction is a hashtag that highlights the role of Indigenous peoples, local communities, civil society and individuals in making a difference in creating a nature-positive future.
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The Goldman Environmental Prize honors extraordinary personal action on the environment. The United Nations Environment Programme’s Champions of the Earth awards its prize to individuals pushing for environmental solutions at scale. UNDP’s Equator Initiative identifies and celebrates local communities working on nature-based solutions for community sustainable development. The GEF Small Grants Programme provides microgrants to thousands of communities worldwide to foster environmental solutions. ICLEI is a coalition of governments for sustainability, and champions local action on a variety of fronts, with a strong focus on cities. UN Habitat supports ‘clean and green’ cities around the world. C40 is a global network of mayors taking urgent action around the world to confront the climate crisis.
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Ways you can join the conversation on the importance of local action include:
  • Discover ways you can get involved in your community to protect nature, build community, and spark positive change, and share your experiences.
  • Join the conversation on social media to show your support for #LocalAction on nature.

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#EquatorPrize is a hashtag that celebrates the local action on nature-based solutions from Indigenous peoples and local communities all over the world, including protecting, restoring and sustainably managing nature.
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The Equator Initiative is a partnership of many organizations, championing the successes of Indigenous peoples and local communities in using nature-based solutions. The Equator Initiative awards the Equator Prize annually to showcase cutting edge and innovative success on local action, and maintains a database of more than 1200 local community efforts on nature-based actions. Many of the Equator Prize winners received grants from the GEF Small Grants Programme, which has awarded tens of thousands of small grants to communities worldwide.
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Ways you can join the conversation on the importance of the Equator Prize include:
  • Learn more about all of the Equator Prize winners, and sharing their success stories.
  • Join the conversation on social media to show your support for the #EquatorPrize winners.
  • Attend this year’s Equator Prize Award Ceremony on November 30th as part of the Nature for Life Hub.

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#FairTrade

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#FairTrade is a hashtag that highlights the need to ensure that a set of standards are in place to safeguard workers’ rights, safe working conditions, and fairer pay. Increasingly, #FairTrade means putting communities at the center of sustainable supply chains.
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FairTrade certifies that products meet a set of standards around ethically produced products. The FairTrade International enables farmers to have more control over their lives, and decide how to invest in their own future. Examples of companies putting communities at the center of supply chains of natural products include Estee Lauder, which has a responsible sourcing community policy; Unilever, which has a set of standards for responsible sourcing, including from communities; and Mars, which has invested a billion dollars to create a sustainable supply chain, including a policy on Thriving People.
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Ways you can join the conversation on the importance of supporting #FairTrade include:
  • Join the #FairTradeFriday challenge, to buy products verified as FairTrade certified.
  • Join the conversation on social media to show your support for #FairTrade products and companies.

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#IndigenousPeoples as rights holders are powerful agents of change. Their rights are elaborated in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and include those of self-determination, Free, Prior, and Informed Consent, and others. Their contribution to safeguarding nature and playing a key role in achieving climate and biodiversity goals is well documented. In addition to long-standing calls to protect their human rights, a  growing  body  of  research  shows  that  safeguarding  the  rights  of  IPLCs  is  the  most  effective and  the  most economical model for protecting the world’s nature.  In a recent study in Nature, the authors  concluded  that “Indigenous support is central to forest conservation plans, underscoring the need for conservation to support their rights and recognize their contributions.”
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Read the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; explore The UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs hosts the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Follow the work of the International Indigenous Forum on Climate Change, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity, and explore the work of the Indigenous Peoples’ organizations that are part of these forums. Despite managing lands that cover a third of the planet, Indigenous peoples receive less than 1% of climate funding. Many organizations, such as One Earth, advocate for inclusive conservation with Indigenous peoples in achieving the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Coalitions such as the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities promote a campaign to support #GuardiansOfTomorrow, highlighting that there is no future without Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities.
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Ways you can join the conversation on the importance of Indigenous Peoples include:
  • Championing efforts by Indigenous peoples to protect and conserve their lands and territories.
  • Join the conversation on social media to show your support for #IndigenousPeoples’ rights and funding for nature conservation.

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#IPLC

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#IPLC is a hashtag that draws attention to the role of Indigenous peoples and local communities in achieving both the Paris Agreement and the Global Biodiversity Framework. The phrase “IPLC”, which stands for Indigenous peoples and local communities, is also referred to as “IPs and LCs.”
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A number of organizations support Indigenous peoples and local communities around the world. UNDP’s Small Grants Programme and Equator Initiative champion and support local action. The Rainforest Foundation of Norway champions the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities. The Inclusive Conservation Initiative aims to support the efforts of IPLCs to steward land, waters and natural resources to deliver global environmental benefits. The Wyss Campaign for Nature highlights key issues facing IPLCs, champions their rights and finances their efforts. The Dedicated Grant Mechanism increases the role of Indigenous peoples and local communities in global climate change efforts. The ICCA Consortium provides resources and information to support Indigenous and community conserved areas.
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Ways you can join the conversation on the importance of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities include:
  • Supporting organizations that champion IPLC rights.
  • Join the conversation on social media to show your support for #IPLCs.

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#DefendTheDefenders is a hashtag to highlight the plight facing environmental defenders. In 2021, more than 200 environmental defenders were killed, most of them in clashes with economic interests seeking to exploit their lands and territories. Environmental defenders are at the frontline in creating a planetary safety net.
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The World Resources Institute’s Defending Earth’s Defenders Initiative works with governments, civil society organizations, Indigenous peoples and local communities to help protect environmental defenders. The Escazú Agreement is a global agreement that protects environmental defenders. The International Land Coalition supports human rights and environmental defenders. Global Witness monitors violence to environmental defenders, and produces a report each year.
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Ways you can join the conversation on the importance of defending the defenders include:
  • Learn more about the Escazú Agreement by taking an e-learning course and sharing what you learned.
  • Join the conversation on social media to show your support for environmental defenders. #DefendTheDefenders.

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