For our ecosystems, time is now to give up fossil fuels

Indigenous people have lived close to the land for eons. Making their living partially or wholly by subsistence they are in tune with nature. They know when a storm is brewing (without National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather), they know how and when to plant and when to harvest, they know when fishing will be best, and they are also attuned to changes in animal behavior, and in plant and tree health. In short, they are well aware of global warming/climate change.

We, on the other hand, are shut away from nature, in our homes, our cars, our businesses, and even in our exercising, at the gym. We are, perhaps, not as aware of the schools of cold water fish moving northward, or of invasive species of vines appearing in our area. We need to pay closer attention to these things. For instance, we get a lot more freezing rain and wintry mix in place of snow nowadays, our pine trees are dying, and invasive vines are moving north, as is Lyme Disease. This is what Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabe Nation, has to say in her book “Chronicles”: “In the times we find ourselves, with the crashing of ecosystems, dying out of fish and trees, change and destabilization of climate, our relationship to place and to relatives-whether they have fins or roots-merits consideration.” We need to listen to her. Please, conserve fossil fuels, and give up methane producing beef.