‘Stop invading our lands’: Indigenous protesters interrupt Trudeau's COP15 speech

Indigenous protesters and allies disrupted Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's speech at the COP15 biodiversity summit on Tuesday in Montreal, beating drums and unfurling a banner that read "Indigenous genocide= ecocide. To save biodiversity, stop invading our lands."

The COP15 is a United Nations summit to halt nature loss. Delegates from nearly 200 countries will spend two weeks hashing out a new global deal to protect the world's struggling species and fast-vanishing wild places.

More than 1 million species, especially insects, are now threatened with extinction, vanishing at a rate not seen in 10 million years. As much as 40% of Earth's land surfaces are considered degraded, according to a 2022 UN Global Land Outlook assessment.

Negotiators hope that the two-week UN summit yields a deal that ensures there is more nature's animals, plants, and healthy ecosystems in 2030 than what exists now. But how that progress is pursued and measured will need to be agreed by all 196 governments under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).

Trudeau is one of the only world leaders expected to attend the summit. Negotiators have said that the absence of most world leaders could make it tougher to reach an ambitious agreement.

Montreal police have put up a 3-meter (10-foot) fence around the downtown summit venue, Palais des congres, and are preparing for thousands of student protesters expected to swarm the Montreal's streets to demand a strong deal to protect nature.

(Source: Reuters) 

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