Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2021/01/07/real-change-living-planet
I have worked in planted pine forests that were “fertilized with biosolids” from wastewater treatment plants (read Science for Sale by David Lewis (2014) for details) in which eerily nothing but the trees grew–no brambles, no grasses, etc. I have worked in wetland “restoration” sites where the water levels were kept constant by weirs and again there were no natural ecotones nor “wetland feel” to the sites. “Nature, to be commanded, must first be obeyed.”–Francis Bacon All to often the demands of profits or government regulation/accommodation get in the way of Bacon’s wisdom. We must let nature take its course where we can. Bayer/Monsanto sure as hell ain’t the way to go; they’re no better than rule by the bottom line. Nature, true nature, has a feel, smell, and sound to it that is restorative to the soul–just ask Emerson.
indigenous - a white mans name for the original people of the land.
I listened to a fabulous radio show last night that discussed Native justice.
https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=348944 (1 hour)
Bay Native Circle – January 6, 2021
The first half features Kaimana Barcarse of KWXX Hilo to discuss Hawai’ian culture radio and other Hawai’ian topics.
Barcarse holds a master’s degree in Hawaiian language and literature from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. He is the program producer and DJ for Alana i Kai Hikina, KWXX’s all Hawaiian Language program that has been running since 1998. An active servant of community, he is president of ‘Aha Hui Siwila ‘o Ke Aloha ‘Āina, a member of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, Hawai‘i Council; board co-chair of The Cultural Conservancy, board vice president of Nā Kālai Waʻa Moku O Hawaiʻi, board member of Cultural Survival, and member of the International Advisory Council of the Indigenous Education Initiative.
The second half (32:00) Elizabeth Hoover
to discuss Native American food sovereignty through her seed saver program.
Name: Elizabeth Hoover
Discipline: Environmental science and policy management
Degrees: B.A. Williams College, 2001; M.A., Brown University, 2003; Ph.D., Brown University, 2010
Research interests: Food justice and environmental justice for Native American communities, specifically community-based food sovereignty projects, heirloom seed rematriation and the impact of environmental contamination on Indigenous health and food systems.
Fun fact: I enjoy beadwork, gardening, hiking and time at the beach.
Interesting, wastewater treatment biosolids were used not far from where I live to fertilize hay fields years ago, It didn’t take long for the heavy metal levels to accumulate to unstainable levels, the experiment was scrapped shortly after it started.
Never, no never, has Nature said one thing and wisdom another.
It’s all in the book I recommended. In great detail as to why.
From my perspective, as a person who collaborates with BIPOC communities, including indigenous familia, on solidarity economics and sustainable energy, I’m seeing a huge upsurge in racist, White Supremacy, even among many who consider themselves “progressive”. It seems to be, in part, a backlash against the Black Lives Matter movement, in part, an eco-fascist reaction to the climate crisis, and, largely due to structural racist power dynamics.
This commentary discusses some concerns regarding the potential for racist impacts of sustainable energy technologies, and Green New Deal, initiative:_https://www.cell.com/one-earth/pdf/S2590-3322(20)30542-X.pdf. This is the Red Deal: _https://therednation.org/four-principles-of-the-red-deal/
I’d encourage folk to due more listening, and less reacting, dismissing, and disparaging the voices of people of color and communities of color.