World leaders gather in Glasgow Scotland for United Nation climate conference, COP26.
Eighty five percent of countries present pledged to stop and reverse their unsustainable habit of destroying the organic life force of the planet by 2030.
Jamaica’s First Servant Andrew Holness is there. Holness in his address stated that, “Here at COP26, in the context of a pandemic, the message is clear: Climate remains a pre-eminent priority for global action. As we have come to appreciate with the pandemic, no one is safe until everyone is safe. All countries must act responsibly and with ambition to preserve our climate for current and future generations.”
But it is the government of Jamaica that has consistently encroached on the Cockpit Country, seeking to exploit the sacred rainforest owned by the indigenous natives. For decades the government of Jamaica allow miners to dig away the pristine mountainous region’s soil searching for riches to sell to developed nations. The riches received over the years unseen as the areas mined remain wasted land, barren, unable to protect the inhabitants from pollution while perpetrating poverty.
The rights of the Leeward Maroons must be observed by Jamaica. The UN charter on Indigenous People’s Rights is critical in this fight to protect the planet.
“We are delighted to see Indigenous Peoples mentioned in the forest deal announced today”, said Joseph Itongwa Mukumo, an Indigenous Walikale and activist from Congo at COP26. He called for governments and businesses to recognize the effective role Indigenous communities play in preventing deforestation.
Similarly to the wording of the Treaty between Britain and the Maroons 1738 about the born and unborn, Queen Elizabeth II, monarch of United Kingdom and Jamaica said in a video message played at a Monday evening reception in the Kelvingrove museum, “We are doing this not for ourselves but for our children and our children’s children, and those who will follow in their footsteps”.
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, however, was not so hopeful, telling a rally outside the highly secured COP26 venue, “Change is not going to come from inside there — that is not leadership, this is leadership. We say no more ‘blah blah blah,’ no more exploitation of people and nature and the planet.”