Friday, September 14, 2012

The wisdom of Winona LaDuke

"If you're working on something you plan to finish in your lifetime,
          you're not thinking big enough."
Winona LaDuke (b. 1959)
Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) Indian, environmentalist, economist
Executive Director of Honor The Earth and White Earth Land Recovery Project

Winona LaDuke doesn't think of cleaning out the garage when she thinks of big projects.

One of her current projects is organizing an effort to buy back some of the 750,000-plus acres of land her tribe has lost from its original land grant in an 1867 treaty. So far the White Earth Land project has recovered 1,200 acres. It's a start.

She lives on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota. She has graduate degrees in rural economic development from Harvard and Antioch. A few days ago she was harvesting wild rice on a lake on the reservation.

Yesterday she was the Cohen Keynote speaker at the annual fall convocation of Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. In the current academic year, the college is doing a campus-wide investigation of "Sustainability" as its IN FOCUS theme. IN FOCUS is an innovative program to promote in-depth examination of complex issues from multidisciplinary perspectives.

More from Winona on sustainability:

"Consume less."
"Change is going to happen. Who controls the change?"
"We are the ancestors of those to come."

We're cooking the planet.....

Global climate change is real.....

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