Action is a core objective and value of SRI that attempts to create lasting impact and advance sustainability transformation around the world. Therefore, each SRI host delivers an “SRI Message” for the next host of the Congress, to capture and guard the spirit of the event and guide the continuation of the SRI series.

SRI2023 MESSAGE

Statement by Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities and Afro-descendants to the organization of the Sustainability, Research and Innovation (SRI) Congress

The Indigenous Peoples, Local Communities and Afrodescendants (PICLAs) participating in the SRI Congress, we organized ourselves to discuss our vision of the event and collectively produce a set of proposals to ensure a more effective participation of us in the next editions.  We met in the mornings at the event on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, autonomously creating a space to share ideas about our vision on sustainability and innovation and to reflect on our participation in the event.

We are the ones who care for and protect the territories, because we are part of mother earth.  We are defenders of knowledge and wisdom, connected to the spirituality that finds every day the solutions for the big problems for which the SRI wants to generate innovation to solve, such as climate change and biodiversity loss among others.

Still, there are few moments in which the PICLAs are protagonists and little articulation of the sessions where this protagonism was possible.  Taking this into account, our group formulated structurally propelled and taken advantage of by the PICLAs.

Proposals:

  • Ensure greater participation of PICLAs in the congress and gestate a more transdisciplinary SRI, for which it is required to have at least one main event of indigenous peoples, a plenary to address the issue of PICLAs and a joint session of only PICLAs to ensure that we have opportunities to hear from all PICLAs.
  • To have an organization that guarantees fluidity and has clear goals to serve the interests of the PICLAs represented and enable tangible results from the SRI that can be perceived in the territories and shared with those who cannot be there.
  • Break the colonialism of language, i.e. develop materials in other global languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French).
  • Avoid ontological and epistemic extractivism and the appropriation of ancestral sub-wisdom for mercantilist purposes or that reproduce oppressive models.
  • To guarantee and ensure the safety of the participants representing the PICLAs attending, especially in the case of migrations (travel).
  • Make previous preparatory connections between the participants of the PICLAs and ensure group participation and not individuals that puts us at risk and isolates.
  • Improve the communication coverage of the event itself, but also allow other means of communication.
  • Promote the effective and active participation of public officials and decision-makers sensitized to the diverse existing cosmovisions.
  • Support PICLAs and recognize the work of environmental defenders in resistance, especially local indigenous peoples.  And we note that there are not many connections between the Caribbean and Latin America (having great similarities in the issues and the threat of loss of traditional practices).
  • Have moments of spiritual connection and invite people to attend with respect.
  • Strengthen the participation of indigenous women in their role as guardians of ancestral wisdom.  And promote the presence of young people from PICLAs in future SRIs, to ensure intergenerational transition.
  • Openness in the criteria for selection and inclusion in the mechanisms of scientific development in the countries and/or states.
  • Develop a dissemination tool, such as a magazine, for the promotion of ancestral wisdom produced by the PICLAs and support the institutionalization of pre-existing spaces for the circulation of ancestral wisdom.
  • Generate conditions of equality, justice and respect in the relationship between PICLAs and green bond companies, carbon bonds, carbon credits.
  • To form a joint committee of the PICLAs and the institutions involved in the organization of the SRI, which allows to make these demands effective.