“The longest road you will ever have to walk is the sacred journey from your head to your heart.”
-Chief Phil Lane Jr. Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations
All around us, we can see evidence of abuse on nature — disappearing species, contaminated water, stripped land, wasted resources. As a result, Indigenous Elders and Medicine Peoples gathered for the first time and released a unified statement asking the global community to wake up and start investing in planetary health.
Since humans have ignored “warnings from both Nature and the People of the Earth,” the Elders express that we have driven ourselves on a path of self-destruction. “This self destructive path has led to the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Gulf oil spill, tar sands devastation, pipeline failures, impacts of carbon dioxide emissions and the destruction of ground water through hydraulic fracking.”
In order to heal our earth, the Elders’ urge that we need transparency from our leaders, so we can better tend to disasters as a global community.
Asking specifically to stabilize the vulnerable state of Fukushima’s nuclear power plant, the Indigenous Elders write:
“We urge the international community, government of Japan and TEPCO to unify efforts to stabilize and remediate the nuclear threat posed at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. To ensure that the Japanese government and TEPCO are supported with qualified personnel and information, we urge the inclusion of today’s nuclear experts from around the world to collaborate, advise and provide technical assistance to prevent further radioactive contamination or worse, a nuclear explosion that may have apocalyptic consequences.”
The Indigenous Elders also encourage us to reflect and make changes as individuals. Our world needs us to take time to remember, to reflect upon what is being called of each of us. As interdependent beings, everything we do impacts the whole.
- From relationships to work-life balance to consumption patterns, what needs our attention?
- What needs shifting?
- How are we connecting to our global community?
- What do we feel called to serve?
- As our world becomes increasingly complex, as the challenges facing us become more explicit, is humanity called to live in service to life?
- Are we called to move in accordance with what the world needs and to steward life on Earth?
- Do we choose to act beyond individual needs?
Collectively we can make the difference. Individually we can start with our own footsteps.
Click here to read the rest of the Indigenous Elders’ statement. If you find resonance, consider signing, asking your own questions, and joining us with good minds and prayer for the healing of life on Earth.
This is a guest post from the Caretakers of Mother Earth.
Main image credit (tree stump): TJ Watts