Humanity at the Crossroads

“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.

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe and Spiritual Leader of the Great Sioux Nation presents council statement on Fukushima at the Tillman Chapel at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.

Click here to read: a Peoples Call for a Resolution to the United Nations, which Chief Arvol Looking Horse brought forward with the Elders Council Statement.

This is a guest post from the Caretakers of Mother Earth.

Main image credit (tree stump): TJ Watts


Christine J.
Christine J2 years ago

Interesting and thought-provoking questions. Thank you elders.

Deborah W.
Deborah W4 years ago

NEVER TOO LATE ... individually, then community. We are all connected, only as strong as our weakest link ... see the problem?

The mass populous is just that, THE MASS, not career politicians we have hired (often in error) to represent us. Involvement in what's going on each day, finding out who/what/why and when, then voting with purpose next time elections come around can change the course of history. If only ...

PJ Chartrand
PJ C4 years ago

The planet has always been at crossroads, hopefully we will act accordingly this time and save all living things from extinction.

Fi T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Enrich our soul

Val M.
Val M4 years ago

Excellent questions for reflection.

Linda Frazier
Linda Frazier4 years ago

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Fred h
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Guest Blogger, for Sharing this!

Susan T.
Susan T4 years ago

I am so sad. Obama promised transparency in his election. We have had no transparency with his admin.
Are we at a crossroads?

I see more division than ever in my life. and it makes me really sad, I kinda hoped obama would bring this country together. I argued with friends that he would.
obama has let me down.
I did not vote for him but I was hoping he would be a uniting force ... he has completely widened the divide in this nation.
Ironic that the people who vote against the 1% vote for a rich guy and love the rich 1% liberals in this country.

Bonnie M.
Bonnie M4 years ago

Man is truly man's worst enemy. Why is it so easy for some humans to spread destruction of our planet, erode social values, dismantle family when our human nature/spirit is all about compassion, respect and preservation of treasured human values?

Yes, power and politics are invasive and destructive- sadly, these is very much part of social interaction, down to the family . Is there hope?

Autumn S.
Autumn S4 years ago

thank you for the article