Ben Powless

Ben Powless is a Mohawk from Six Nations in Ontario. He is currently studying Human Rights Indigenous and Environmental Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, after spending a year in an international exchange program, studying sustainable rural development between Alberta and Mexico.

He has been involved with the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition since its inception, working at both the national level and with the Ottawa Chapter.

He is also heavily involved with the Indigenous Environmental Network, having represented them at various international events, most recently at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's High-Level Conference on World Food Security, Climate Change and Bioenergy. He also sits on the board of the National Council for the Canadian Environmental Network, is on the Youth Advisory Group to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and is very involved in the local Aboriginal community. Powless aspires to eventually work in national and international issues involving indigenous rights, human rights and their interplay with the environment

Ben Powless
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Jul 14, 2012

Rio minus twenty: Too little, too late

Ben Powless
The Rio+20 Earth Summit has been called too little, too late, but there may be some positive developments from social movements that met during the talks.
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Sep 13, 2010
The tar sands action during the visit of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, on Sept. 9. Photo: Ben Powless

An Indian Summer for the tar sands

Ben Powless
Impacts and resistance to the tar sands megaproject in Alberta are broad and increasingly well known -- and are spreading like wildfire around the globe.
News
Sep 13, 2010
Wet'suwet'en Nation protest against Enbridge pipelines in May, 2010. Photo: Ben Powless

An Indian Summer for the tar sands

Ben Powless
Impacts and resistance to the tar sands megaproject in Alberta are broad and increasingly well known -- and are spreading like wildfire around the globe.

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