Boris Johnson’s attempt to ‘save the union’ is having the opposite effect

This is the final part of The Canary‘s #Independence2021 series before elections on 6 May. And it comes as Boris Johnson is embroiled in yet another scandal. Because of Tory corruption allegations, the truth about Johnson’s apartment refurbishment, and, well, Johnson just being himself, the Tories are once again on the defensive. And in typical Tory and Johnson fashion, this “fervent and passionate unionist” wants to buy his way out of it. But it’s not working. And it’s especially not working in Wales or Scotland. Despite Johnson’s “spending spree to save the union”, independence parties are making gains. So this latest round of Tory scandal might just be…

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Decolonization or Extinction: Indigenous Red Deal Lays Out Plan to Save the Earth

On Earth Day, we speak with two of the more than two dozen Indigenous authors of a new book that looks at the history of resistance against colonialism and capitalism and lays out a vision for the future to address the climate crisis. “The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth” details the centuries of Indigenous resistance that created the movement at Standing Rock against the Dakota Access pipeline and what movements centering justice for Indigenous people must look like. The book offers a “people’s program to prevent extinction,” says Melanie Yazzie, assistant professor of Native American studies and American studies at the University of New Mexico…

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‘There will be irreparable loss’: government urged to take action to save children’s futures

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is likely to have a huge long-term impact on children’s lives, leading to calls for the government to step up support. The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has estimated that the education lost due to the virus could cost today’s children £40,000 in lifetime earnings. This comes after repeated concerns disadvantaged children are increasingly being left behind. This is incredibly bad. There's no equivalent to it in recent history. Probably not since WW2. And of course it will hit the most disadvantaged the hardest – I'd estimate based on early findings the difference between bottom and top decile will be a year or so of lost…

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The US has re-joined the Paris Agreement. But it’s not enough to save our climate.

The US has re-joined the Paris Agreement and committed to climate action. But experts and activists warn challenges remain. On the first day of his presidency, Joe Biden signed an executive order taking the US back into the Paris Accords. This order undid his predecessor’s rejection of the agreement, and leaders across the world hailed the order as a positive. I warmly welcome @POTUS @JoeBiden's steps to re-enter the #ParisAgreement & join the growing coalition of governments, cities, states, businesses & people taking ambitious #ClimateAction. — @antonioguterres on Wednesday. https://t.co/dNVdq8YLbh pic.twitter.com/aLS9mJwzdE — United Nations (@UN) January 23, 2021 To @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris.Best wishes on this most significant day…

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As Pandemic Rips Through Indian Country, Indigenous Communities Work to Save Elders & Languages

We look at the fight to save tribal elders and Native language speakers as the pandemic rips through Indian Country, with Indigenous communities facing woefully inadequate healthcare, lack of governmental support, and the living legacy of centuries of colonialism. Native Americans have died from COVID-19 at twice the rate of white people across the U.S. To combat this crisis, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has prioritized elders who speak the Dakota and Lakota languages to receive vaccines. “Knowing that there were a lot of elders who were at really, really high risk, this was a concern from the very beginning,” says Jodi Archambault, a citizen of the Standing…

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A new vision shows how we can support each other, rebuild the economy and save the planet

A research group is calling on the government to implement new policies to rebuild the economy after coronavirus (Covid-19). The New Economics Foundation has unveiled a set of recommendations aimed at saving jobs and incomes. It intends for the policies to counteract unemployment while investing in a greener future. There are three main demands. Firstly, the foundation suggested guaranteeing a living income of £227 a week. It further recommended guaranteeing furlough for as long as social distancing is in place and investing to create low-carbon jobs. Miatta Fahnbulleh, CEO of The New Economics Foundation, said: Despite the extension of furlough, too many of us are falling through the…

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A new report shows just how cheap and easy it would be to save the world

Despite the climate crisis already costing many countries a fortune, some politicians still claim that concerted climate action is too expensive to undertake. However, a new report has put a price tag on such action. It looks at how much it would cost over the next five years to put the world on track to meet the Paris Agreement climate goals. The report found that, in contrast to the ‘too expensive’ claim, it would be relatively cheap and easy to get there. All we need is the political will and the spirit of comradery. Ah, there’s the rub. “Well within budget” Researchers from Imperial College London, Climate Analytics…

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‘This is not just about a railway’: meet the women at the forefront of the battle to save Jones Hill Wood

After nine days of amazing resistance by activists, the battle to save Jones Hill Wood is entering its final phase, with nine people arrested on Thursday 8 October. Jones Hill is an ancient woodland which will be destroyed imminently to make way for the HS2 high speed railway, dubbed “the most expensive and destructive infrastructure project in Europe”. Activists have spent most of this year making a home in the special woodland, building and sleeping in treehouses high up in the old beeches, becoming a protective presence to one of the last slithers of Britain’s ancient woodlands. But Thursday saw the police working hand-in-hand with National Eviction Team…

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Rishi Sunak ‘can’t save every job’, but he can save the queen

On Thursday 24 September, Rishi Sunak released his Winter Economy Plan, intended to protect jobs and businesses from the impact of the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Disappointingly for some, the chancellor’s announcement revealed that the government won’t be extending the existing furlough scheme. Instead, the plan is to implement a ‘Job Support Scheme’ – but only those working at least a third of their usual hours will be eligible for support. This will likely leave countless workers, who are currently on furlough, on their own, with no support from the government, and at the brink of destitution. Outrage During the announcement, Sunak declared resignedly that he “can’t save…

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