June 7, 2021
From Enough Is Enough 14
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Statement by Futuros Indigenas on the climate crisis.

Originally published by Futuros Indigenas.

In the midst of this electoral drought, a network of narrative resistance is born. In the face of the climate crisis that threatens our future on the planet, that threatens our lives and territories, representatives of more than twenty indigenous peoples are organizing to confront this emergency. To reforest our minds, to indigenize our hearts.

We defend the territory, our way of being and existing; we unite efforts and hearts through communication actions and the creation of narratives in defense of life. Kiliwa, Cucapa, Nahua, Acolhua, Tzeltal, Tzotzil, Ñu Savi, Hñatho, Amuzga, Purépecha, Ayuuk, Afrodescendant, Zapotec, Popoluca, Maya, K’iche’, Wayuu, Zoque we name ourselves and germinate as #FuturesIndigenous.

In times of climate crisis, the future is a territory to defend.

In the midst of this electoral drought, a network of narrative resistance is born. In the face of the climate crisis that puts our future on the planet at risk, that puts our lives and territories at risk, representatives of more than twenty indigenous peoples are organizing to confront this emergency. To reforest our minds, to indigenize our hearts.

We defend the territory, our way of being and existing; we unite efforts and hearts through communication actions and the creation of narratives in defense of life. Kiliwa, Cucapa, Nahua, Acolhua, Tzeltal, Tzotzil, Ñu Savi, Hñatho, Amuzga, Purépecha, Ayuuk, Afrodescendant, Zapotec, Popoluca, Maya, K’iche’, Wayuu, Zoque we name ourselves and germinate as #FuturesIndigenous.

In times of extermination, ecocide and genocide.

In times of extermination, ecocide and genocide; pandemics, plundering, extreme droughts, massive fires, air pollution, water wars, regional famines, communities displaced by climate catastrophes, destruction of ecosystems, mass extinction of species, in times of imposed death, we organize.

We, the voices of peoples who for thousands of years have defended life on earth, have a hope to share: alternatives to the climate crisis already exist, they are alive.

Indigenous peoples guard and protect linguistic, cultural and spiritual diversity and 80% of the remaining biodiversity of the planet. In our territories, in the practices of respect and reciprocity with Mother Earth, we continue to beat the futures, but we are being exterminated.

The climatic catastrophe that today threatens the entire planet is a symptom of a disease that arrived more than 500 years ago to our territories. It is the colonization that massacred tens of millions of ancestors in this and other geographies. It is the Nation-States that parcelled up the land, imposed borders and tried to extinguish our diversities. It is racism and patriarchy that murder, marginalize, oppress and impoverish the colored bodies of the earth. It is the capitalism that puts money above life: that emptiness of spirit that makes us believe that accumulation can grow infinitely on a finite planet.

The catastrophe of progress, development and its geopolitics reaches our communities and peoples in the form of mining, monocultures, megaprojects, trains and hotels, soft drinks, hydroelectric plants, vertical cities, imposed religions, junk food, electoral garbage. They even come as promises of global warming mitigation and technological solutions that want to prescribe the same disease as medicine.

We know that the climate crisis is a consequence of the systems of structural inequality that govern the world today.

Recent studies show that 92% of the surplus of greenhouse gas emissions per person are concentrated in the rich countries and their unsustainable model of consumption. It takes 5 planet Earths if humanity aspires to the consumerism of an average American, but if the life aspiration were that of an indigenous person, we would be within planetary limits. What does that tell us about the future?

We do not propose to go back to the past. We do not romanticize precarity. We do not deny anyone’s existence. We do not apologize. We call for taking responsibility to stop this extermination machine.

We call the healing of the land the defense of life and territory. We call it community management of water and energy, territorial autonomies, indigenous governments, rescue of linguistic diversity, defense of our identity, search for memory and justice, migrate without borders, sow the cornfield, return to cyclical times, honor the knowledge of grandmothers and grandfathers, defend the future of the generations to come, practice other forms of spirituality, organize the party in the neighborhood and the community. To continue to exist.

There is enough water, food and land for all people and lives to exist with dignity in this territory called Mexico, in this common home called Earth. We can regenerate the life systems to which our future is linked. But the change must be at the root. Because after every crisis we do not want to return to normality, we want to return to the earth.

In times of climate crisis,

the future is a territory to defend.

#FuturesIndigenous

Abya Yala, June 2021.




Source: Enoughisenough14.org