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The changes in average global temperature will have consequences. How and when these things will happen is not clear. The Environmental Protection Agency predicts reductions in crop yield, increases in flood-causing rain, and an increase in wildfires in the future. Young people will bear a heavier burden of climate change. We’ll speak with young Native Americans about their concerns and what they are doing to prepare for the future.
Quinn Buchwald (Mackinac Bands Of Chippewa And Ottawa Indians and Turtle Mountain Chippewa) – student activist and a Udall Scholar
Isabella Zizi (Northern Cheyenne, Arikara and Muscogee Creek) – Idle No More SF Bay member, youth director of the Earth Guardians Bay Area Crew and Defenders of Mother Earth treaty signer
Lonyx Landry (Nor Rel Muk Wintu) – director of outreach for intertribal student services
Break Music: Encouragement Pipe Song (song) Joseph Shields, Jr. (artist) Wahancanka [Remember Me Grandfather] (album)
David ThunderBear says
I am (personally) happy to see this issue taking-shape within the value circle of technology, inviting and encouraging youth and young-adults to share their understanding of this crippling reality pressing up against Us-all, presently, as well, into their future, for generations!
We,(Tribal-Elder’s) have been describing and sharing concerns over signs of Our earth mother being in pearl, for quite a long time, w/o serious attention or restrictions to protect the resources We as humans (shamelessly) have taken for granted, will sustain-us indefinitely.
Now, the Seventh (7th) Generation is upon-Us… They are being offered a voice, w/o knowing the cause or effect of the issues at hand, since the voices of the Elder’s are gone (Rest in Peace) and present day calamity demands attention and resolution, Post Haste…
I pray, our Young have the instinct, patience, education, Spiritual support and guidance, sharing each voice, being heard as One!
Thanking you in advance, for bringing this forum together, empowering our future generations to voice their concerns… without them, We as Natives and Stewards of Earth Mother will perish…. completely.
Mary Francis says
I am 74. My generation knows about this, helped cause this world crisis and has a responsibility to fix this mess… and as you say, “Post haste!”
Thank you for your eloquent statement.
The actions taken by Obama and others are welcome … BUT not nearly enough.
There is a bill that will be introduced next session that would reduce the emissions 3 times faster than Obama’s actions. It would also send a monthly Dividend check to every household to cover the expected increase in gasoline and utilities (actually, for two-thirds of U.S. citizens, the Dividend would MORE than cover new costs.)
Fossil Fee and Dividend places a yearly increasing fee on fossil fuels (plus, anything that crosses our border that is made or transported using fossil fuels will pay an equivalent fee.) The fee is then sent directly back to households – NOT into the gov’t coffers.
Details at http://www.citizensclimate. org
Mary Francis says
Carbon Fee and Dividend … advisory board includes Dr. Geo. Shultz, former Sec’y of Treasury for Reagan, Dr. James Hansen, formerly Chief Climatologist at NOAA, Dr. Catherine Hayhoe, TX Tech Climatologist & Evangelical Republican, former SC Representative Bob Inglis and many other well-known experts.
Joshua Allen Gurneau says
I am a 22 year old Ojibwe from the Lac Du Flambeau Nation in Wisconsin. I have had many nights of worry concerning our mother earth. I am very thankful for being offered the opportunity to voice my concerns and hopefully play a part in the solution. WE are but children on this earth, when she decides to cleanse herself i pray WE are all prepared. For now, all we can do is what we can do as individuals. The small steps we take now will someday turn into a million miles of restoration tomorrow. I am a proud intern working with the Water Resource Department here in my beautiful hometown. Recently, I have opened my eyes to the sincerity of our unfortunate situation as human beings. I believe in the 7th generation prophecy and have faith in my fellow peers that we will sustain and establish a more effective way of living. We did it once before as native peoples, so I see no reason as to why we wouldn’t be able to do it again. Thank you for gifting us this monumental task. I take all caution while speaking and hope to be heard while doing so! .