Humanists for Social Justice and Environmental Action supports Human Rights, Social and Economic Justice, Environmental Activism and Planetary Ethics in North America & Globally, with particular reference to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other Human Rights UN treaties and conventions listed above.


Turn the Tables - Idle No More - reject interim land claims

Turn the Tables - Idle No More

This summer the Supreme Court of Canada made a historic ruling that
the Tsilhqot'in Indigenous nation in British Columbia holds Aboriginal
title to its traditional territory and ensures that First Nations with
title have decision-making power. If this court decision can be
implemented on the ground, it offers a chance to create a radically more
just country.
But the Harper government is denying this new reality: in order to push
through their tar sands pipelines and resource extraction projects, they
are trying instead to accelerate the elimination of Aboriginal rights.
In response to the Tsilhqot’in decision, Harper has quietly introduced a
newly revised policy to undermine and negate the Indigenous land rights
that stand in the way of his agenda.

We can't let this happen. Honouring Indigenous jurisdiction would not
just pay off Canada's enormous legal and moral debt to First Nations:
it is also our best chance to save entire territories from endless
extraction and environmental destruction. Canada can seize the
opportunity at this historic crossroad, but only if we build massive
pressure on the Canadian government to finally recognize and affirm
Aboriginal title.

Join Defenders of the Land and Idle No More in putting forward 4 demands to challenge the current land claims reform process:

  1. Disengagement of negotiating bands from the Termination Tables and forgiveness for all loans taken out to finance the process;
  2. A fundamental and joint reform of both the Comprehensive Land Claims
    and Self-Government policies with duly mandated representatives of
    Indigenous peoples, with the aim of making the policies consistent with
    both Canadian law on Aboriginal title, Aboriginal rights, treaty rights
    and inherent Indigenous laws of jurisdiction;
  3. Federal and provincial governments must provide funding grants to Indigenous peoples for negotiation processes;
  4. Absolute rejection of the unilaterally imposed Eyford consultation process.
What you can do to support these demands:



It’s time to ban bee-killing pesticides | David Suzuki Foundation

It’s time to ban bee-killing pesticides | David Suzuki Foundation
There’s been a lot of buzz lately about bee-killing pesticides. Bees have been dying off at alarming rates, and neonicotinoid pesticides are implicated in this decline. Bees aren’t the only victims. “Neonic” pesticides may harm the human brain, nervous system and hormonal system.
In June, an international group of independent scientists released the results of a comprehensive analysis of 800 peer-reviewed studies on neonics — a massive, four-year undertaking. Their conclusion: “…there is clear evidence of harm sufficient to trigger regulatory action.
The assessment highlights serious risks, not only to bees, but to many other beneficial species, including butterflies, earthworms and birds.

Meanwhile, research indicates that neonics do not necessarily increase agricultural yields. So why are we still using them? Last year, Europe announced a moratorium on the use of three neonics on bee-attracting crops.

In Canada, however, these pesticides are still in widespread use. Canadian regulators have confirmed that neonics used on corn seed is a contributing factor to bee die-offs in Ontario and Quebec, but they continue to allow the use of these pesticides.

In the case of clothianidin — a neonic used to treat corn seeds and frequently detected in samples of dead bees — Canadian regulators even signed off on its re-approval last year just as their European counterparts were implementing a ban. That stings!

Take action! French version for Quebec here.
Federal and provincial governments share responsibility for pesticide regulation in Canada. Join us in calling on our regulators to side with the science and ban neonics.
Read more about how you can protect the bees and butterflies.


Restoring Ecosystems to Reduce Global wamring conference - Nov 21, Tufts Needs your help

European Tribune - Community, Politics & Progress.

" I know from my monitoring of Harvard, MIT, and other universities that ecosystem solutions to climate change are not only not on their radar but met with antagonism when brought up.  The conference organizers can use your help (and mine) in getting the word out..."
Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming

More of our man-made carbon emissions to date have come from land mismanagement and the resulting loss of soil carbon than from burning fossil fuels. The good news is that we know how to remove that atmospheric carbon and store it back into the soils where it belongs, by harnessing the power of nature.

Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming is a 3-day conference with the goal to bring the power of biology front and center in the climate conversation. We are bringing together a stellar roster of speakers -- scientists, land managers and activists -- and participants from around the world to learn from one another and to devise strategies to expand vast natural soil carbon sinks around the world. To learn more about the speakers:
Register here:

Help us support the conference!

Donations will keep tickets affordable, provide scholarships, pay for  materials, assist with major outreach efforts before and after the  conference, and help support our hard-working and dedicated staff. Any  contribution is greatly appreciated!

Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming is hosted by the Tufts Institute of the Environment and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at Tufts University in Medford,Massachusetts.