By Gail Davvis-Carter (ListenGive Writer)
The ListenGive Initiative team attended the Indigenous Conference at The United Nations. The Indigenous community is appealing to all global citizens what is at stake for Humanity and issues affecting Climate.
The ongoing argument is no one is listening. Their message to us is we are taking more from the Earth, then the planet can regenerate to balance itself. As we listen to the people from New Zealand, we learn how polluted the waters are to the villagers from the Maori community are unable to fish daily for their meals. From Peru and Mexico, we learn just how the Rainforest is being eradicated causing an imbalance in the ecosystem. On the other side, we learn from communities in India how their elders are planting thousands of trees and its clean air to the urban areas.
Of course, there were the New Yorkers who are sharing how young people after school have opened up urban farms that are feeding low income families. Families opt to come and purchase vegetables, while the youth at the same time teach them to build their own home gardens. The Native Indian community listened intently as the New Yorkers shared their experiences of urban farming. Both the Native Indian community and this small group of New York guests began to wonder how they would be able to collaborate together to create an understanding on the importance of farming whether in rural or urban environments.
As this dialogue continued, we moved on to the Lakota Water Women Protectors who shared their experiences of the Dakota Pipeline Protestors. The great-great granddaughter of Chief Sitting Bull, BrendaWhite Bull, cautioned us that the poisoning of water is indeed happening as a result of the Dakota pipeline moving forward. It is not only affecting tribal grounds, but also the communities along the pipeline route. As she spoke, you could see the authenticity and care she has for all life. She compared the Water Women Protectors of the Lakota Reservation who were there to protect and pray over the water for all and how they were treated poorly by law enforcement as an indication how the world does not understand the earth’s resources are literally depleted. She could not understand the need to run a pipeline through nature where we gather food for our families. Her message was very clear, the Indigenous communities have always understood the earth is a place we take only what we need. The fact the Indigenous community makes their living all over the world by fishing. The pollution in our oceans has gone so far, dead fish are washing up on our shores. Land animals are dying and there is no known reason. From her perspective, the global goals for Ending Hunger was a point where for her and the Indigenous community when people are starving and unable to earn a living through fishing, they will resort to other things to eat that are unhealthy. Her message to us, was we can silence everyone who shares anything connecting to “Save the Climate”, but the reality is there is not enough to feed the growing population because we are actually killing off the food resources we have now. Her point was brought further home by the leakages along the Dakota Pipeline route contaminating the remaining healthy waters.
BrendaWhite’s question is, how do we find solutions to these problems without taking from one another?