1. On the eve of Earth Day 2016 a candle lit vigil was held in memory of environment defenders killed defending the world's forests. Indigenous leaders from Indonesia, Peru & Panama speak out about the importance of the forests and the lengths their loved ones and communities go to protect them.

    Find out more about environment defenders at: ifnotusthenwho.me/environmentdefenders/

    In partnership with David de Rothschild, Voice for Nature, Soundwalk Collective and Times Square Arts, Jungle-ized and Rainforest Foundation US. Poignant vocals by Carolina Oliveros.

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  2. April 21st, 2016 Alec Baldwin, Diana Rios, Alex Soros, Frances Seymour, Mina Setra, and Helen Clark came together to discuss deforestation, indigenous rights, and climate change on the eve of the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement and Earth Day 2016.

    Organised by UNDP and Ford Foundation

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  3. The story so far.

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  4. We are exploring one key element of the climate crisis by asking a very basic question – who is protecting our forests?

    Forests cover almost a third of the earths land surface and play a major role in stemming the effects of our rapidly changing climate by absorbing an estimated 2.4 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide each year. Within these forests live traditional and indigenous people who have a deep spiritual connection and understanding of their ancestral homes. This connection is being threatened by a resource hungry modern world. As a result, the people who call the forest their home, are now engaged in a constant and frequently violent struggle.

    ‘If Not Us Then Who’ communicates firsthand the unique personal stories of an inconspicuous yet vital people, as they battle to protect their lives, their cultures and our forests.

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    In Paris

    We are hosting a series of events in Paris at Point Ephemere and other venues with more our 4 indigenous partners and more than 15 NGOs - find out more : ifnotusthenwho.me/events

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    Nous explorons un élément clé de la crise climatique en posant cette question très basique : qui protège nos forêts?

    Les forêts occupent près du tiers des terres continentales et jouent un rôle majeur pour endiguer les rapides effets du changement climatique en absorbant une quantité estimée à 2,5 milliards de tonnes de dioxyde de carbone chaque année. Au sein de ces forêts vivent des peuples traditionnels autochtones qui ont une connexion profonde et spirituelle avec les forêts et une connaissance ancestrale de leur habitat naturel. Et ces peuples, qui vivent aujourd’hui en forêt, sont engagés dans un combat dur, violent et permanent pour les préserver.

    If Not Us Then Who raconte l’histoire personnelle et unique de ces peuples discrets mais essentiels, alors qu’ils luttent pour protéger leurs vies, leurs cultures et nos forêts. S’engager dans la protection de notre planète n’est pas seulement une affaire de politiques ou de politiciens mais surtout une affaire d’hommes, d’engagements et d’actions concrètes, quelle qu’en soit l’échelle.

    A Paris

    A Paris pendant la COP21, nous serons présents à différents endroits et à différents moments pour créer une vague d’adhésion à la cause indigène. A travers des projections à l’Entrepot notamment avec la Fondation Nicolas Hulot, des expositions, des concerts, des diffusions à la TV avec LCP AN et Ushuaïa TV, des débats, etc. nous diffuserons les messages clés des peuples autochtones et donneront la parole à leurs représentants. A l’Hotel de Lassay pour une soirée exceptionnelle le 19/11 avec Diana Rios et Candido Mezua notamment. Au Musée de l’Homme, nouvellement ouvert où Mina Setra prendra la parole lors de la conférence publique “Les peuples autochtones face au changement climatique” et où notre dernier film Sungaï Utik sera présenté. Enfin, au Point Ephémère du 03 au 10 décembre où nous créérons un hub culturel “peuples autochtones, forêt et climat” avec nos partenaires autochtones et un grand nombre d’ONG proche de cette cause: Global Witness, FERN, Rainforest Foundation US, Forest Peoples Programme, Stand For Trees, Envol Vert, Rainforest Alliance et d’autres (ifnotusthenwho.me/events). Enfin sur le site du Bourget puisque tous nos films sont mis à la disposition des représentants des mouvements autochtones (AMPB, AMAN ou COICA) pour accompagner leurs interventions.

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  5. After 14 months and 14 events in 4 countries the If Not Us Then Who? global roadshow culminated in Paris for a very special screening and an 8 day exhibition at Point Ephemere.
    Bringing together indigenous partners from Indonesia, Central America, Amazon basin and Congo basin and more than 20 organisations. The aim was to highlight the role indigenous peoples play in protecting the world's forest and complement the work and messages at the indigenous pavilion at the COP21 venue. We wanted to bring these messages to the people of Paris.

    There were presentations, powerful speeches film screenings, debates, market days and of course, painting, music, singing and dancing (often impromptu). Thank you to everyone who contributed. Take a look at our behind the scenes montage. You can see more photos and videos on our COP21 blog: ifnotusthenwho.me/reviewing-paris-cop21/

    Regardless of the outcome of the COP21 text, indigenous peoples are on the front line of climate change. The fight goes on.

    Take a look at our website to see more stories of indigenous peoples protecting forests: ifnotusthenwho.me/stories/

    Music from Dadang, original music; If not us then who?

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