Every time I read a headline that an indigenous activist or environmental leader is murdered, I feel unbearable heart ache. This week it was this headline – Ecuadorian Indigenous Leader Eduardo Mendúa Assassinated at His Home – and there’s always a new one. On October 14th, Australia is having its next referendum, to give our First Nations People a voice and finally, a place in the constitution, but only if enough vote yes. That remains up in the air.
If you haven’t had a chance, please do listen to this special episode where we discuss the Australian Referendum, featuring three amazing humans – Willie Wahlin, Cymbeline King, and Gavin Warring. We talk about what’s been going on in Australia right now, how ugly it’s been, and why voting yes is so important.
As you read the news this week, especially the environment news, it is truly becoming alarming. I can be honest and admit I had a surge of emotions this week, and even though I’m usually strong, sometimes it creeps up on me. Why?
Well apart from the Amazon, Antarctica, and so many other issues, the September heat records blew many minds (mine included), because it is off the charts, and for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, this heat is brewing and coming our way. The worst part is we are not ready. Not at all.
Do you know who can help us turn this around? Our Indigenous brothers and sisters. Yep, they are earth’s custodians, and in case you didn’t know, Indigenous peoples use or manage more than a quarter of the Earth’s surface yet represent just five percent of the world’s population. In fact, Indigenous land overlaps with 80 percent of the planet’s biodiversity. These communities are critical.
So, what we absolutely MUST do is wake up to the cynical politics and cynicism that is relentless and dividing us every day, and maybe, just maybe, we can get smart enough to embrace the communities we have terrorized and held down for so long, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll come to our rescue, because we sure don’t seem to know how to do it.
Australia, please, lead the way. The world needs hope, and wouldn’t it be something if it was our nation offering that to the world? Besides the fact our very future as a species is on the line, so we help ourselves too.
It is beyond time we right our wrongs, and while we’re doing it, we might even save ourselves.
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Wet bulb temperatures are coming for us here in the Global South and we must get ready! Looking at the heat predictions in the months ahead, that first chapter from Ministry for the Future is looking very likely. We MUST prepare and take care of as many as we can!
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Resources for those struggling with eco-anxiety. Please share with your community.
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