As prophesied by our ancestors, there have been and will be environmental disasters, as has been evident this year in the lead up to COP17. For example, the Japan earthquake (one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900) triggered a tsunami and the largest nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Another example is the East Africa drought, which now threatens the livelihoods of more than 13.3 million people. The 21st century has heralded many warnings, the results of which have been accompanied by staggering death tolls in heat waves, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes and numerous other disasters. What have followed are corporate greed, crime, relocation, cover-up, denial, and compliance. Ironically, today the most devastating disaster on Mother Earth in not natural at all – it’s man made. Big business and big oil have created the largest industrial development project with the largest capital investment in the world – the tar sands of Northern Alberta, Canada and the Keystone Pipeline. Fossil foolish projects, such as these, ignore the rights of Mother Earth, the rights of Indigenous Peoples (as recognized in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples), and are irreversible as they propel the world toward unstoppable climate change.
Do not be fooled by carbon credits and offsets or by Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD). These are false solutions to climate change, allowing the world’s polluters to continue polluting. Who will pay the cost? Our children and the generations to come. SABC’s premiere of our new music picture, “Who;s Gonna Save You”, presents an Indigenous perspective on a global crisis. I encourage you to become the call to consciousness for the restoration of life in balance. Love is the movement; and we are the seventh generation. What we do now, or fail to, will be humanity’s defining legacy.