This event was facilitated by a group called Sustaining All Life. Their group's focus is recognizing the deeper wounds regarding climate change and corporate resource extraction that leads to environmental degradation. I listened to many voices in a series of three minute sharings. I think we do not really understand the impacts of climate change until we hear real people's stories. What follows are some of the stories shared:
"Our waters are rising. We have our connections to place, to land but our politicians and corporations are not listening to us. There is a saying, `I ka wa ma mua, i ka wa ma hope, The future is in the past. If we do not pass on our knowledge we will not be able to move forward. He ali'i ka 'āina, he kaua ke kanaka, The land is our Chief and we are its servants. These are the stories that we follow..."
J"ustice, peace and care for our environment now grips the world. The mining is destroying our planet! In 2014 on December 5th two huge mining accidents happened in Brazil. These were caused by human intervention. Now there is no water to drink."
This woman is here to support the COP21, to support our planet. She stands as the voice of her brothers and sisters, for the many people who cannot afford to be here but want to be.
"Climate change is based on the relationship between trade and the environment."
Trade = profit
Environment = relationship to the land
She has pursued education because she could see her forest being cut down at massive rates in Madagascar. She now works with NGO’s to begin fair trade options for preservation and harvesting forests while keeping in mind the families who live in the forests.
"Aruba is an ancient land divided between five countries now. My home is a wide open space the size of all of Europe, yet very remote. There is no place to get information. In this part of the world, the drought is killing our people. There is no water."