SUSTAINABILITY: Spotlight on Native Latin America

Hola collectors! A recent article published by National Geographic entitled “Indigenous People Sound the Alarm on Climate Change” highlights how a central focus of many indigenous cultures throughout Latin America is a respect for the land. The article summarizes the recent “Conversations with the Earth”–an environmentally-focused conference held in Washington, DC in early October. Interestingly enough, the conference was held at the now LEED certified American Indian Museum–way to make a point! Diggin’ that.

The conference had several goals, and all seem to turn to indigenous communities to answer many of the issues plaguing our globe today. For instance, Brian Keane, co-founder/director of the indigenous rights group Land is Life lauded ‘Native knowledge of food crops passed down over the centuries,’ stating that such intelligence, “holds the keys to global food security.” After all, tremendous bio-diversity can be found in areas of high indigenous population where communities isolated from some of the uglier faces of globalization and industrialization don’t need the luxury of imports, but rather turn to their ancestors lessons of efficient, sustainable care for the earth to provide them with a well-balanced, and moreover, VARIED diet.

Another concern of the conference was the need for indigenous groups to work with the western world to share their knowledge, and also their plight. Peruvian Delegate Alejando Argumedo, who is a Quechuan agronomist, expressed that “indigenous peoples have contributed the least to climate change and they are facing the most severe threats due to their direct relationship with natural systems and historic and ongoing discrimination.”

Technology and further cooperation between groups were some of the goals expressed. Perhaps this blog will be one of the ways to get the word out! Join the movement and read the full article here: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2011/10/11/indigenous-people-climate-change/.
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