Native Elders ‘15 Mandates for RIO+20’ June 20-22 – Key to Regenerating Earth’s Natural Capital
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eNewsChannels COLUMN: What happens at UN’s RIO+2O Earth Summit on June 20-22 could have a major impact on the longevity of snowsports, glaciers, islands and coastal communities, as we are shifting to a milder climate, with snowsports the canaries in the mine of climate changes. Fortunately, the consensus of this year’s UN “Harmony with Nature” World Interactive Dialogue was: Science united with Ancient Wisdom carried on by the tribes, is critical to regenerating Mother Earth.
The perfect example of that was January 2012’s “Snowdance Phenomena,” reported by the Wall Street Journal, AP, front page Washington Post. It could have been catastrophic for U.S. ski areas faced with the “driest winter in 130 years,” but for Native American Elders magnanimously leading mountain communities in snowdances giving gratitude to Mother Earth at Vail, Park City and Lake Tahoe.
Caption: In January Olympians and Tahoe skiers honored their Washoe, Paiute and Shoshone tribes whose snowdance saved their
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