I like the sound of this, takes the long view while attempting to address the issues of climate change and unemployment.
Seems like a no brainer to do something comparable here, the stumbling block of course would be the monetary end of it, what company gets to make a profit and how much rather than a true public works project.
This could very well be a government funded program seeing how it doesn’t have a problem throwing money at numerous questionable projects in lieu of one like this that has an obvious and immediate benefit.
An estimated three to six billion trees are lost annually in the Amazon rainforest representing an average of between eight hundred thousand to a million and a half per day according to 2005 estimates.
Rainforests compose something like six percent of this planets surface, yet they are home to approximately fifty percent of the world’s total animal and plant species while producing 20 to 30 percent of the oxygen we breathe.
Estimates are that if the current trend in deforestation continue rainforests will cease to exist in forty years.
If every person alive today would plant a tree for themselves and one for each of their children it could make a difference, it wouldn’t be a solution but an incremental step in the right direction and something for people to think about the next time they decide to cut down a tree.
If you have to have a real tree for xmas consider purchasing a live one you can replant.
I’ve always been amazed at what the natural world has to offer in the way of medicinal curatives – name an ailment and our mother the earth in all likelihood produces it.
An imbalance and possibly an inability to keep up exists though in the number of man made toxins produced.
With the destruction of the environment and medicinal treasure troves like the Amazon rainforests much is being lost, some of which has yet to be “discovered” by modern medicine.
Add to that some of the outrageous claims made by the “health and nutrient” supplement people and even more is being lost.
Attach the name organic or green to any product and it becomes instantly marketable, the latest fad sure to reduce weight, tone, strengthen, and beautify.
Sounds a lot like the pitch those traveling snake oil purveyors used to employ.
A current fad seems to be coconut water, I like coconuts and the milk/water they contain, but as I understand it it contains less than three percent of usable nutrients by volume – hardly a cure all or something that will enhance every aspect of a persons life.
At that ratio how much would a person have to drink to enjoy a benefit other than taste? A lot? And that translates to profit doesn’t it?
Ethanol is a classic example of “green” – it requires more energy and produces more pollution to manufacture than it does not to- I don’t see that as “green” or even something that makes sense to pursue.
What it does do is allow farmers who grow corn to be subsidized with a guaranteed market, not that I’m opposed to farmers, family owned farms as opposed to corporate owned characterized by gluttony and environmental indifference should be encouraged and assisted if need be.
We should all live green in as much as we can, we should all either grow our own garden or at least be truly knowledgeable about where our food comes from- a subtext of that would be to do the math and not buy into every claim the aforementioned make.
The impetus for this particular blog was the birth of a foal and a conversation about the natural antibodies that exist in a mother’s milk- amazing as it may sound among at least a few of the nations knew a human mother’s milk and the antibodies it contained could be employed as a remedy for a sty or other eye infection.
I don’t know what “science” would have to say about that and I don’t really care, no more than I care about their opinions related to our healing ceremonies.
Human beings are a culturally diverse species – we share common physical attributes, two arms, two legs, a total of twenty digits, and yet we can be radically different in language, customs, and even dietary requirements – but then the same could be said of birds and the commonality of attributes they share.
The dearly held belief that what set humanity apart was the ability to reason, a sense of self, and tool making is being challenged now – “science” is being dragged kicking and screaming into admitting what the nations and other cultures have always known – that all living things have a language, a way of communicating with their own species, that they feel and have emotions – are capable of grieving and understanding.
Humanity is said to be the most intellectually gifted, capable of logic and profound insights, creative and compassionate – the other side of the coin is that we are universally the most destructive, selfish, and self aware, as in ego.
If the bulk of humanity isn’t born with a sense of entitlement it is soon instilled – I am human hear me roar.
A roar that has been a death knell sounded in politically motivated wars, the extinction of fellow humans due to their culturally unacceptable diversity, numerous flora and fauna, and the ongoing rape and destruction of the very planet we all call home.
A roar equally as devastating as the sound of a chainsaw cutting down a rain forest, of the engines of industry spewing toxic fumes, or the silent but no less deadly roar of Drones indiscriminately killing combatant and non combatant alike.
Intellectually superior? Doesn’t sound like it to me. Add greed, avarice, and this sense of entitlement into the mix and what you wind up with is what we have today – a world attempting to hit the snooze button on the environmental dooms day clock greed created, a world where wealth and power dictate the course to be taken and the desires of the few outweigh the needs of the many.
The world is full of sound, some grating, some soothing, for the egotistically self aware the most important sound is their own voice – we might all be well advised to increase the amount of time we devote to seeking out those soothing sounds and do more than raise our voice but stir our bodies as well when it comes to those things of lasting value.
How predictable is this?
Going green which should have a huge environmental and personal finances benefit is going to be obstructed by the utility companies until a way is found that it won’t impact their profit margin.
What they call public service.
You can be assured legislation will be created at some point to insure that and it will be presented as being about jobs and the economy-the greater good being that corporations continue to hold their users hostage.
Various municipalities and states are even claiming they own rainfall, and you can be punished for collecting it-not a stretch to envision a time when the same claim will be advanced related to the air we breathe.
Every election cycle if someone asks me who I’m for I respond that every elected official holding any office whether local, state, or national should be voted out of office-the premise being that a message will be sent that political service isn’t a perk laden career but a responsibility to act in behalf of the electorate.
Two or possibly three such cycles and I suspect the message would be received and understood-then discussion could begin related to reasonable term limits and campaign reform.
I can’t speak to the road women travel from being girls to becoming
women, but I can about the road boys take to becoming men.
It is a road that begins at birth, and not always an easy one.
Some will make it and some will fall by the wayside.
Their journey will be influenced by such variables as the quality
of parenting, the examples they are provided, education, and the
physical elements of their environment- if they’re born with a silver
spoon in their mouth or a bottle of watered down powdered milk.
Some things can be compensated for to a degree- things like the powdered
milk or poverty-but an abusive home cannot.
Children are at once the least among us due to their dependency, but
also the most valuable, as they are the future that change will come
Not a one of them asked to be here, nor did they have option to
pick and choose where and what they would be born into.
That to me speaks to a tremendous responsibility on the parents
behalf-too often we hear that a child was an “accident”, not planned,
or maybe even conceived as a a result of rape.
As to accidents, in this day and age removing rape from the equation
it’s a little difficult for me to understand how a child could be conceived
“accidentally”, but I suppose it happens.
Yet the fact remains the nations have always referred to children as
a gift, as sacred-something too many among us seem to be forgetting.
Nothing exists independently in itself-nothing-all things share a common origin in the land-rocks and mountains are formed, erode, and become something else, plants take root, grow and die to return to the land as nutrients, animals exist as predator and prey in an intricate dance of balance.
Trees take in carbon dioxide and replace it with oxygen. All connected, all dependent, and more to the point, all related. Water evaporates to form rain ladened clouds then to return to cleanse, slake the thirst of all things, and to renew.
In all of this great epic of Creation and life-this intricate interconnectedness, it is only man who takes all this for granted, claims it as a right, and imperils all things.
Man, the apex predator, who is never satisfied, and in his arrogance disrupts the balance attempting to improve, to acquire, to dominate, to have more and do less, and in these pursuits breaks the circle, and ultimately, even in denial, pays the price.
Everything that has life begins in a seed-whether it be man, an insect,a plant, or a bird-all singularly encapsulated in a single seed, and begins in the process of germination- every fiber of who and what they will be lies dormant awaiting only the opportunity to be sown, to take root and flourish.
In this commonality is a great responsibility-one none of us should ever forget.
The land in part is composed of our ancestors who in their passing returned to it-in our coming and going we stride across the place they lay, a place they have become a part of, and we are honor bound to be respectful and attentive to the things we do.
It is scared ground-we should not leave abandoned cars, piled up trash, the remains of oil changes, beer or any manner of alcohol container, needles, toxic waste, or any such refuse upon the place where they rest, and then speak of honoring the ancestors and the land.
These things are a wonder and a mystery we may never understand-and it need be no other way.
There are as many ways to say what I have said as there are people- but it is enough to know that they are and that it is a simple truth.
This is not a concept I have originated-it is one we have known for as long as we have existed- I encourage one and all to personalize it and write it upon their heart and their spirit-and above all to remember what they already know and may have forgotten, or chosen to ignore.
When future archeologists/anthropologists sift through our remains they will refer to it’s location as the Styrofoam and plastic layer, one laced with a deadly concoction of toxins.
That may be a fitting designation but a sad legacy to leave behind.
There seems to be some attitude that science will catch up-that it will provide the answers to solve the problems they have helped to create and which we all must face and endure.
I fail to see any wisdom in this as science IS playing catch up and at the same time creating new problems-so I ask, how does that work?
Humanity has existed for millennia, and yet it is only within the context of a mere speck of that time that we have befouled everything to the extent that our very survival is threatened-would any call that progress, or civilized?
So called civilization has produced the greatest of wars and the most horrific of weapons-it has routinely destroyed entire cultures and subjugated others under the guise of bringing
religion, knowledge, and cultural advancement. But the core of it has always been about greed, resources, and power.
Humanity has survived all this, as well as ice ages and devastating plagues long before there was such a thing as modern science, or modern systems of government-now the challenge is to survive what science and it’s bedfellows government and technology have created- and it is the greatest challenge we have faced to date.
I am reminded of concerns leading up the initial test of the bomb-the fear that it could ignite the atmosphere and incinerate the earth, and yet such concerns paled in the
unfettered quest for “knowledge” and what was assumed the power it would bring-a quest that has apparently always considered the welfare of humankind to be of secondary
importance- a risk worth taking.
Some would argue that an increased “comfort” level and longevity balance the scales-but in many instances these are directly associated with status and finances, and that will
increasingly become the way of it as we see all too clearly presently.
So an argument is made that population challenges well being, there’s some truth to that but it is related to the approach we take-whether an emphasis is placed on sustainability,
education, or the the “benefits” of every man for himself and eugenics.
There is enough wealth existing in the hands of the few to radically alter the life of all people-to assist them in developing sustainable agriculture and infrastructure. Monies spent on wars and armaments could if redirected to such an effort as well and have a profound impact.
Yet we know this will never be the way of it based on greed, religion, and the thirst for power.
In my opinion there should be a reset regarding all debt, large and small. It should be declared null and void on a global basis and all start anew.
A radical concept for many but one I believe that has serious merit when examined- of course banks, corps, and their crony economists would squeal in denial and offer up all manner of doomsday scenarios, but I believe it is a simple and workable solution.
A person, a nation, has X number of dollars and debt far in excess of that, do the math, you remove the present debt and still have the same amount of money. It could lead to a boom in housing, jobs, start up small business, and consumer spending.
In discussing this with others some have said it is a communist or socialist approach-I have to kind of laugh at that as I think it is neither, more a commonsense one, and point out that being a member of a capitalist society has it’s own pitfalls.
If I had to assign myself some political designation I think it would be equalist-if such a word exists-as I desire only a level playing field for all people, equity and equality. Not the separate but equal fallacy of past Supreme Court rulings and the reality of today, but real equality.
If that were the way of it we would solve many problems and all things would be placed in their proper perspective.
Below a response to Memories and Dreams:
“To be the one thing or the other and to make the pray and the offer and to know life is this altar, it is a good thing to say.
Many problems we face and many we have made to be, it is not a thing many would have to be said but it is true and maybe more should speak of this. Maybe these ones who make all the talk and say I am the wise and brave one, and I have written the book and made the movie listen to me and send the money should speak about these things
Maybe it is they would think to speak the true things would not put the money in the pocket and better not do this. These ones do not have the dream and the memory, they have the talk and the walk.”……….Meoquane and Jess
M+J -money and appearances are the motivation, it’s about what will find a sympathetic audience, what will sell, and what will not. Anything that might be perceived as a shortcoming or flaw must either be ignored or minimized in some way.
I take the opposite approach-I think love of a people, of an individual, would be a motivation to say lets sit and talk about this and seek to find a solution for these things, ultimately in doing so all will benefit and a people will be strengthened.
I catch a little heat from time to time for addressing the issues I do, but it doesn’t phase me, nor will it dissuade me, as these are the issues that should be addressed-and will only worsen as long as they are not.
I’ve been accused of lacking respect for the culture of one nation or another in raising such topics-my response is if such things as these are defended as a part of any culture then my alleged lack of respect is an accurate statement.
What is never mentioned though is my so called lack of respect is not only warranted but selective in nature-selective in the context that while I respect all the nations and those aspects based on tradition, I will never condone, accept, respect, or remain silent
about existing aberrations or crimes committed against a people, any people, by their own.
Take the land for instance-I see many grandiose internet statements about the great connection to the land, and the mother the land is- how the land is never for sale-my question is if this is so what virtue lies in littering your mothers body with wine and beer
bottles? Or abandoned vehicles, appliances, plastic garbage bags filled with trash, or smearing the landscape with graffiti?
If the land is so sacred then spend a little time with friends or alone to collect some of the refuse-gather like minded individuals to load and deliver some of those defunct appliances, some of those, broken down rusting vehicles, some of those cans and bottles to recycling centers- might even make a few dollars to contribute to a fund or feed one’s family with.
Why aren’t some of these wannabe leaders organizing such things-if they thought about it they could/would surely find a way to garner a little more of that coveted media attention to feed their addiction.
Is virtue to be found in leasing land to mining companies or other commercial interests who always seek to dilute or evade environmental standards? Is that part of the sacred connection? What examples are set for them to be environmentally concious?
For those who want to “Indian up” and talk all the internet bs better not to speak and just live the things they flood the net with. Better to enumerate the problems forced upon the nations by the entire treaty system, BIA, and DOI, while at the same time enumerating and dealing with those created by ourselves-devote equal air time to both.
The solution is multifaceted-leave any part out of the equation and not much will change. Continue to reject any personal or communal responsibility in favor of blaming everything on others and see how much mileage that translates to in the real world..
Enough is enough-these things have gone on for too long, and the excuses have become embedded and are offered up automatically with no thought to whether they are valid or not, no personal or communal acceptance of responsibility-maybe that works for others, but not for me-maybe that is the new honoring the land, but not for me.
It’s all about taking on the government in the courts, and there is a profound need to do so, but there is also a profound need to take on ourselves. Something wisdom and “warriors” would acknowledge and address.
Something one would think celebrity wannabe chiefs, tribal councils, pipe carriers, and medicine men who prefer to waddle around mumbling incantations in videos targeting foreign audiences would be in the forefront of addressing.