Erin Lund Johnson
City/Country: Cascadia, Turtle Island
We are responsible to each other; we are here to take care of each other. We cannot do this if we are damaging and destroying the life-support systems of this planet upon which all forms of life depend. We cannot do this while we objectify the land and non-human beings. The Land is Sovereign as home and and ultimate power, and all earthly beings are entitled to a healthy life free of oppression and endangerment on our shared planet. Our job is to ensure earth's life-support systems remain viable for us all. Therefore we must pay dire attention to the voices and experiences of our indigenous peoples who have lived closely with those life-support systems and have learned over generations and centuries how to live cooperatively and successfully with their fellow beings. Their lifeways are valuable and valid ways of being in this world. Both they as people and their knowledge need particular protection and care with regard to climate change and the damage it incurs. Include and honor their voices and wisdom in these historic worldwide climate talks.