Snowchange: Don’t Lose Hope for the Planet

Snowchange: Don’t Lose Hope for the Planet

YLNM Regional Coordinator for the Arctic Tero Mustonen discusses the threats facing indigenous communities of the far-north in climate-changed times, and how their pioneering responses gives us all cause for hope and action.   Originally posted by Defiant. 22/02/2017 I’ll be the first to admit it: reading and writing about...

Major Arctic resilience report includes YLNM member Snowchange’s Näätämö project

Major Arctic resilience report includes YLNM member Snowchange’s Näätämö project

YLNM member group the Snowchange Cooperative is supporting indigenous and traditional communities in the circumpolar Arctic to resist a tidal wave of extractivism. A new report on Arctic resilience highlights how Snowchange are also helping pioneer regenerative responses to climate change through indigenous knowledge.     Originally posted by Snowchange....

The Sami’s Näätämö River Revival: Hope in the midst of Finland’s extractive tsunami

The Sami’s Näätämö River Revival: Hope in the midst of Finland’s extractive tsunami

Finland’s new forestry law is opening up the country’s Arctic north and the territory of indigenous Sami people to mining, forestry and other extractive industries. YLNM Regional Coordinator for the Eurasian Arctic, Tero Mustonen, reports on how the Sami and others are resisting new destruction and reviving healthy ecosystems.  ...

Restore, Reclaim, Rebirth: Early Victories and Indigenous Resurgence in the Eurasian Arctic

Restore, Reclaim, Rebirth: Early Victories and Indigenous Resurgence in the Eurasian Arctic

By Tero Mustonen. 22/07/2016 The Circumpolar Arctic and especially the Eurasian North, both boreal and the tundra, are targets for large-scale mining operations and have been for some time, as the region contains some of the last untapped mineral wealth globally. At the same time, the impacts of climate change...

Life in the Cyclic World: Traditional Knowledge Compendium from Eurasia

Life in the Cyclic World: Traditional Knowledge Compendium from Eurasia

Report collected and released by Yes to Life, No to Mining member Snowchange Co-op.   Life in the Cyclic World has been in the making for a decade. It is based on the collected, analyzed and assessed traditional ecological knowledge for the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment of the Arctic Council. Between...

Take Action to prevent the destruction of Sami Forest Lands in Finland

Take Action to prevent the destruction of Sami Forest Lands in Finland

  • Written on: 24 March 2016
  • Posted under: Campaigns

An unprecedented land grab threatens the last old growth forests in Finnish Lapland and the homeland of the Sámi indigenous people if a new Forestry Act legislation passes in the Finnish Parliament next week. Both Indigenous Sámi leaders and Arctic scientists are concerned about the proposed new reforms. All of the Sámi reindeer herding...

Finland: State Forestry Company About to Seize Control of Sámi Indigenous Key Old Growth Forests

Finland: State Forestry Company About to Seize Control of Sámi Indigenous Key Old Growth Forests

21st March 2016 The State Forest Agency “Metsähallitus” About to Seize Total Control of Sámi Indigenous Key Old Growth Forests For Economic Uses If New Law Passes in Finland: Moratorium Is Needed At Once An unprecedented land grab threatens the last old growth forests of Finnish Lapland and the Sámi home area...

Sámi People and allies force Irish mining company out of their territory

Sámi People and allies force Irish mining company out of their territory

Original Sources: Snowchange Cooperative & Irish Independent Karelian Diamond Resources – KDR, an Irish mining company that was granted potentially illegal permission to start exploring for diamonds in Utsjoki, Finland is pulling out. Media reports emerging from Ireland confirm the company has begun the process of withdrawing its mining claim in the area....