Promote Sustainability & Combat Climate Change
Lessons from Yesterday
Overpopulation and overconsumption of natural resources are the most substantial threats to the condition of our planet. While many nations are responsible for the population dilemma, it is the most developed nations that are driving overconsumption. And sadly, they have set the benchmark for the standard of living that many nations now aspire to. At the same time, the most sustainable cultures are at risk from the growing pressures of modernization and the unpredictability of climate change. Never has there been a more important time to protect and promote indigenous people and their ways of life. Additionally, there are many other examples, in both developing and developed nations, of people living more traditional and/or simpler lives. The modern world may glimmer with all its material extravagances, but it is also unsustainable, and teeming with social ailments, job and life dissatisfaction, and mental illnesses and afflictions. In developing a sustainable human existence and securing a high degree of social well-being, we must look to those who have achieved and maintained these conditions for centuries. They can teach and inspire us to appreciate the simple things, and to develop sustainable and fulfilling lives.
The following organizations are involved in protecting the lives, lands, and cultures of indigenous people.
Survival International (SI) was founded in 1969 to “help defend the lives, lands and futures of people.” Passionate about ending genocidal violence, slavery and racism, the organization has demonstrated an ability to enact change.
Among its many endeavors, SI has collaborated with the world-famous Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, to campaign for the rights of the Awá tribe of Brazil.
You can participate by making a donation, or simply spreading the word.
Image Credit: Armine E. Barbuco / Survival International
Forest Peoples Programme
The Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) was founded in 1990 in response to the forest crisis, specifically to support indigenous forest peoples’ struggles to defend their lands and livelihoods.
The FPP supports forest peoples in South and Central America, Africa, and Asia to secure their rights, build up their own organisations and negotiate with governments and companies.It works in three main areas, providing comprehensive support to forest peoples organizations in the fields of legal and human rights, financial institutions policies and procedures, and enviromental governence including community mapping, territorial management and customary sustainable use.
FPP is a partner with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
You can participate by making a donation, or spreading the word.
Image Credit: Forest Peoples Programme
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