For Older Audiences
Indigenous peoples' rights and climate action are inextricably enter-twined. More and more, with the power of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, the world is becoming more aware of the continued fight for responsible, symbiotic earth stewardship that are a part of indigenous wisdom from around the world. Unitarian Universalists reference "Earth-centered traditions" in our sixth source, indicating that the knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual connection to our concerns about the earth, each other, and climate change, can be found in present day as well as traditional indigenous wisdom. In other words, there are some voices we should be listening more and more that help point the way to live in harmony with the earth even today, knowing we cannot go back and undo the history of colonialism and the way it disrupted the indigenous ways of life.
But indigenous people have always been here, are still here, and have always been speaking. One of those people Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of the book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. As a scientist as well as a woman of indigenous heritage, Kimmerer is one of the primary voices speaking out now about how we can look forward with hope and still learn from indigenous ways of life. Here is one such talk of hers. One common theme in so many of her lectures and in her books is the emphasis on hope, and many are finding spiritual inspiration in the teachings and stories she shares with us.