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With Genocide of 56 Million Native People, Europeans Contributed to Climate Change Long Before Industrial Revolution, Study Shows

With Genocide of 56 Million Native People, Europeans Contributed to Climate Change Long Before Industrial Revolution, Study Shows

Julia Conley, staff writer

European colonizers had a substantial effect on the Earth's climate as they slaughtered 90 percent of the indigenous population in the Americans in the 15th and 16th centuries, a new study suggests.

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Just think, the human population has more than doubled in my life time. Pause for thought.

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This shows how massive the human agricultural impact on the Earth’s ecology is today, and it shows that we need agroecology, regenerative organic agriculture, and permaculture food systems to completely replace industrial agriculture.

Corporate agriculture, industrial agriculture, mono-cropping for industrial commodity crop production, deforestation for industrial commodity feedstock for industrialized animal factory farming: These are, LITERALLY, killing the Earth.

We need to pull carbon out of the atmosphere and into living systems (and of course transition the energy economy and STOP fossil fuel energy, but that alone is not enough). We need to reforest as much of the Earth as we can. We all need to be directly engaged in soil-building and tree-planting on whatever land we have access to. We need to stop the industrial agricultural assault on the ecology of the Earth. We need millions MORE people engaged in hands-on ecological food production. We need to be in crisis mode, we need mass mobilization of human effort to engage in ecological restoration and ecological food production.

We need to dis-empower the industrial commodity food corporations, along with dis-empowering capital in general, and democratize wealth and reorient “the economy” away from profit, toward humanity and ecology.

What a time to live! What a great challenge!

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The Native American genocide and theft of land and resources, plus extinctions of wildlife, perpetuated and directed by government continues to this very moment!

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And rot is the biosphere’s way of farting, and we’re fast approaching a methane farting point. Just sayin’…

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In no way to minimize the evil of the invasion and murder in the “New World”, the “Old World” was having issues with population decline just before and during this time frame, as well. The Black Plague of the 14 century, colonization and murder in Africa and Australia. Although by the 16th century Europe had regained its pre-plague population this decline was happening worldwide by pandemics or wars and colonialism. The North and South American genocide was likely the straw on the camel’s back for the climate change referred in this article.

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I question the causality of this assessment; however, the loss of indigenous life is spot on and atrocious. If you read from the writings of a disciple of Messiah (search keyword: Monk of YHVH), that author comprehensively covers this topic and the other things that tie into it. (BTW: It’s Quaternary, not Quarternary)

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This was all over greed and “religion” just like today.

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It tripled in my grandmother’s lifetime.

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This won’t help;

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Agreed!

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Now, Israel is committing genocide & ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil will be wrecking the environment with the Donald.

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Actually, we’re just beginning to experience the release of large pockets of previously sequestered methane that had been frozen away in the tundra. Add that to the massive output from cattle, and you’ve got one nasty feedback loop. Oh, and there’s more than just methane in that tundra:

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. . . and, in the long term, Billions FEWER people on this planet.  But our wonderful “christian” funny-dementalists have managed to block nearly all government support for family planning, education and distribution of contraceptives, both within the U.S. and worldwide.

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William Ruddiman published a book on the topic about 10 years ago. So, nothing new here.

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Well, after reading this and the thesis behind it and the fact that these racist European colonizers are at the core of the corporate oligarchy might give them the rationalization that murdering the masses of us is the best way to solve the climate crisis, to reduce the planetary fever. Wonder if Discover will come along soon…But looks like Jack Ewing, who just joined a few days ago, has beat her to the punch.

Native peoples had the ecosystems in balance, the invaders disrupted this and continue to do so with their consumer culture, greed, racism. This “culture” is predicated on profligate consumption of natural “resources” which means a vast ruin for eco-systems.

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That is for sure!

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Another one fro Next Systems Project:

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Makes me want to cry… :sob:

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There was no genocide when the Asians crossed at the Bering Strait to become the Native Americans. Even if we accept that there were other humans here before that date, any populations were tiny.

You excuse the greatest crimes in history – still ongoing – with, “Well, everyone does it!” It’s not true, and it does not excuse. Humans need to deal with our shared predicament, and that means accounting for, and renouncing, war, genocide, and enslavement in all its forms.

Also, genetic evidence so far, developed since the book you cite was published, indicates that the Clovis people actually may have come from Asia as well: https://www.voanews.com/a/dna-evidence-clovis-people-ancestors-to-all-native-americans/1850386.html

“The Clovis lived at a time when mammoth, mastodons and giant bison roamed the Earth. On closer look, the genome finds the Clovis boy is related to all present-day Native Americans in North and South America. Waters adds that the ancestors of this boy originated from Asia and not from Europe as previously hypothesized.”

But that’s not the point. The point is, you want a reason to excuse genocide.

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