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Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an important reminder that we cannot hope to preserve nature and fight climate change without the inclusion of native people. Their communities disproportionately suffer the effects of a warming planet despite contributing little to climate change. Moreover, Indigenous people’s close ties to nature mean that their food systems and cultural heritage are especially threatened–this is most significantly felt by Inuit living in polar regions.
Why This Matters: A day of observance isn’t nearly enough to right the wrongs that have been inflicted on Indigenous communities. However, driving better awareness to their needs and rights is crucial.
Go Deeper: Virginia’s Governor Rath Northam declared October 12th as Indigenous People’s Day in the Commonwealth explaining, “We have too often failed to live up to our commitments with those who were the first stewards of the lands we now call Virginia—now, we are taking an important step forward in our ongoing work to build a more inclusive and honest Commonwealth.”
It’s an example that in our current turbulent political climate, social and environmental justice cannot be forgotten. Leaders must recognize and do better by marginalized communities as we work toward a more sustainable future.
For the first time in Virginia history, we are recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day in our Commonwealth—this year on Monday, October 12.
This is a day to celebrate our tribal communities and promote reconciliation, healing, and continued friendship with Virginia’s Indian tribes. pic.twitter.com/etLPiYgKPv
In New Zealand, the votes from their election over the weekend are tallied and Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern notched a huge victory — the biggest for her Party since 1996. She received a mandate with the support of a majority in Parliament, and delivered the first 30 seconds of her victory address was […]
President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, created a bit of controversy during her nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week when she called climate change itself “controversial.”
Why This Matters: Judge Barrett many questions with the same refrain — she refused to discuss her “policy” views on questions as obvious as do “poll watchers” who are armed intimidate voters, whether birth control should be decriminalized, or if same-sex marriage should be allowed.
This week we salute Betty Reid Soskin, who at 99 is the nation’s oldest park ranger. She works at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, and has since her mid-80s. She began her involvement while the park was still being planned. Betty is Black and worked […]
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