One Word Sawalmem
One Word Sawalmem
How might young indigenous people help us reverse the climate crisis?
In each short-form documentary of the One Word series, a young native person is invited to co-direct the film, while sharing a story of personal transformation related to a single untranslatable word from their ancestral language — a word offered to humanity as medicine to heal our climate crisis.
There are a number of reasons which render the One Word series particularly relevant to our times:
- Worldview shift. UN climate scientists have recently declared that moving from the Western worldview of domination and exploitation of nature to an indigenous worldview of co-existence and co-relation with the natural world, is imperative in reversing the climate crisis. As such in August 2019, they included ensuring native rights as one of their top recommendations for addressing climate change.
- Unprecedented youth momentum. Environmentally-engaged youth have gained unprecedented momentumand visibility at the highest levels of policy change, with attendance to the Climate Strikes in the millions in more than 185 countries.
- Significant education gap. Indigenous biocultural wisdom remains undertaught in schools despite the worldview cited above to which scientists are urging us to shift.
- Persistent social & environmental injustice. Violation of land rights continues including land grabs for industrial agricultural use that are escalating climate chance for us all, as well as violently ending sustainable indigenous relationship to sacred land. Discrimination against native peoples persists at all levels of society, resulting in "ethnic cleansing" and the loss of potentially 2680 indigenous languages currently threatened with extinction, along with the biocultural information these languages hold.
- Indigenous rising. Indigenous youth leaders from India Logan-Riley to Lyla June to Xiuhtezcatl Martinez are gaining significant influence by sharing the wisdom embedded in the indigenous worldview.
Learn more at: www.oneword.earth
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