“This is even more acutely so for Indigenous peoples who are on the frontlines of ecological change, who face serious pressures of competing wants and uses of their lands and resources, who rely on the environment for their livelihoods and survival, who have responsibilities of environmental stewardship not only for today but for the generations ahead, and who are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and climate change — problems that were not created by them in the first place.”
Often the most disenfranchised individuals on the margins of society are the ones to most keenly and quickly feel the repercussions of our industry. We see this over and over again, in the indigenous peoples of our Arctic regions, the Pacific Islanders who are now being systemically flooded out, on and on. However, this idea that the land and biodiversity are somehow more important to protect for certain individuals is perhaps not the right perspective. Some are certainly more vulnerable than others, but ownership must be taken also by the instigators in order to properly internalize a true desire for change.