“Traditional Food Systems: The Changing Landscape of Native American Food Sources” is a video produced by First Nations Development Institute and funded by AARP Foundation. It features insights from elders and others involved in food-systems work at three pueblos in New Mexico: Cochiti, Nambé and Santo Domingo. In particular, it asks elders to describe what the food systems were like in the pueblos back when they were younger. (This video was shot and edited by students and faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts [IAIA] in Santa Fe, New Mexico.)
When we think about adapting humanity to the challenges of climate change, it’s tempting to reach for technological solutions. We talk about seeding our oceans and clouds with compounds designed to trigger rain or increasing carbon uptake. We talk about building grand structures to protect our coastlines from rising sea levels and storm surges.
However, as we discuss in Nature Climate Change, our focus on these high-tech, heavily engineered solutions is blinding us to a much easier, cheaper, simpler and better solution to adaptation: look after our planet’s ecosystems, and they will look after us.
At 74, and coming the end of his scientific and broadcasting career, David Suzuki mused on the notion: “If I had one last lecture to give, what would I say?” The result is a very special talk full of humour, warmth, insight and passion.
Wendell Berry, the 81-year-old award-winning poet, fiction writer and essayist, has continued throughout his life to care for the Kentucky farm that generations of his family have tended. Seeking to pass on their farming legacy to a new generation, Berry and his family have formed an alliance with Saint Catharine College, a small Catholic liberal arts scohol run by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Correspondent Judy Valente talks with Mary Berry, Wendell Berry’s daughter, and with nuns, students, and faculty members at the college about the lessons and values that spring from having a spiritual kinship with the land.
Ecology and economy come from the same Greek word: oikos, meaning home. Ecology is the study of our home and economy is its management. In this mind-opening talk, internationally renowned spiritual thinker and educator Satish Kumar draws attention to the pervasive lack of a genuine understanding of nature in our education systems, which is contributing to the gross mismanagement of our planet. Kumar makes a compelling case for a more holistic approach to education, connecting our hands, hearts as well as heads.
“You Don’t Need To Have A Lot Of Money In Order To Live A Rich & Fulfilled Life” A Fathers Legacy of Natural Living
My father was a master carpenter and sourced a plethora of brilliant ideas for DIY building projects directly from the magazine. My favorite was the swingset he built for my sister and I in California. While inspiration cannot be physically traced, I am certain that the streams of words I heard from my father’s voice while my head was pressed against his heart and the smell of his morning coffee filled the air, inexorably educated me about the environmental issues which faced our society and inevitably moved me on a profound level to take action as an adult, all the while becoming educated and informed by reading Mother Earth News.
“I’m sure by this time you’ve all heard the words “7 Generations” .. that’s an instruction that comes to our leaders. The instructions are, when you sit in your council on the welfare of the people, think not of yourself, nor your family, nor even your generation .. make your decisions on behalf of those generations coming .. those faces looking up from the earth each generation unto 7 .. having a compassion for those faces .. having responsibility for those faces .. our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren .. leadership, principles, values .. not complicated, but pretty hard in today’s time.”
—Chief Oren Lyons”