What can we best do for future generations?

13 novembre 2013
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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIndigenous North America cultures believe that decisions should be made considering seven future generations. Difficult? To be sure, yet clearly we must look more towards the future. We can perhaps ask – as individuals, groups and cultures: What can we best do for future generations? If global development mimics North America; carbon dioxide would likely alter world climate to the point of destroying the planet’s life support systems. In terms of climate-change, Italy is much cleaner than North America; yet potentially a significant location for future climate-change refugees. Global projections for these refugees have been as high as 200 million. Numbers could be mitigated by movement towards global equity and food security. Italy and Canada have both promised 0.7% of the national income for international aid. Yet, regardless of political differences; both also struggle to meet that goal. The role of the individual in any political renaissance can start with a clarity of purpose, belief and advocacy. The Vision Quest of indigenous North American peoples can be applied to everyone with a desire to be a positive factor. One Philippine fisherfolk association was established through a clarity of shared purpose – to protect the oceans and related livelihoods. This process of association in itself has helped to support fisherfolk to defend their futures from illegal activities and promote democratic action. Yet it is the changes in the individual that have driven those developments. As we, as individuals seek to self-actualize a personal role on global equity and sustainability – the future becomes brighter. Paul David Watts

Paul David Watts is an ethnoecologist primarily working in Canada and the Philippines. He recieived his doctorate from the University of Oslo where he specialized in ecological energetics. Paul has started ethnoecology programs in Canada and the Philippines that are intended to facilitate sustainable livelihoods within a sustainable environment. Through a combination of projects in the Arctic, tropics and areas in between; Paul is in part focused on both mitigation and preparedness associated with climate change, in part through awareness raising associated with  the GAIA Hypothesis. Paul primarily works with the organization Daluhay.


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