Ethnic connotations often enough comes to down to what feels comfortable when a person refers to their heritage.
I’m not from India so I don’t consider myself Indian and since everyone born in this country is a Native American to apply it to myself doesn’t seem to be defining enough.
I guess I could say American ndn as some will say African
American or Mexican American, but then again I’m not still
not from India.
In Canada the nations are referred to as First Nations or Aboriginals, which strikes me as being more accurate, but as for myself I prefer Indigenous.
Indigenous implies a long standing nativity, and as a people being the first upon this continent and hemisphere I believe we can truly say we are indigenous to the land as much as the flora and fauna and that suits me.
I don’t say it as a sign of superiority but as fact.
There was a time though when I believe we were superior custodians of the environment and our communities – the same can’t be said now as you look around at the litter, trash,gangs,and graffiti – a result I am convinced of the reservation system and assault on culture that has taken place from the arrival of the first boat people more commonly referred to as pilgrims.
As global awareness of environmental issues increases we as a people have begun to migrate back to traditionally held beliefs, and that’s a good thing, but we still have a long way to go.
It isn’t enough to be environmental warriors on the net in the midst of litter and trash where we live – that’s a truism whether we like or not.
I believe it is imperative for all parents to raise their children
with an awareness and commitment to the environment, to instill a sense of responsibility and custodianship as it is their generation that will have to contend with and attempt to remediate the damage more than their parents did.
Climate change is going to be an ongoing issue for decades to come even if a sudden reversal in policies, practices, and the corporate mindset were to take to place, which isn’t likely inspite of the rhetoric as that would entail reining in corporate polluters and reduce the demand for the products they produce from metals, plastics, to fossil fuels.
Both supply and demand in these areas are the single greatest malefactors and mostly people want somebody else to cutback and reduce their carbon footprint when it comes to altering lifestyles.
Industrialized nations are addicted to materialism and bling, they exhibit a sense of entitlement, the more there is the more they want and seemingly never make the connection.
The below links speak to the reality of the “American Dream”, it’s very non existence in current real time, I submit a reset is in order.
A reset that would require an inclusive national solidarity that will not be appeased by scripted political rhetoric or partial measures.
The odds of that occurring save a catastrophic event are thin, and why I promote raising the next generation as environmentally aware and completely committed…… yet something else the current generation can kick the can down the road for them.
The very air we breathe, the land we walk upon, and the water we drink doesn’t belong to a bunch of damn corporations, Wall Street, governments, or the banking industry – it belongs to all of us and time we began acting like it does.
If people are not for themselves, for their children, communities, and this very life sustaining planet then who will be?