American Indians Abandon Faith in UN on Climate

Worldwide Wednesday: As United Nations delegates gather in Warsaw in the 19th annual effort to craft a global climate treaty, indigenous leaders from across North America met half a world away and offered a prophecy: The solution to climate change will never come via the UN talks. Tribal elders from the United States, Greenland and Mexico spoke of the need for individual action rather than government edicts, and of the difficulty – and urgency – of replacing economic questions with moral ones.They spoke of grandfathers and grandmothers, of battles with alcoholism and disenfranchisement, of a world that’s changing around them and a need to do something for their grandchildren. Most of all, though, they talked of a need for a new direction in an increasingly unsustainable world.Organized by the Bozeman, Mont.- based American Indian Institute, the gathering drew about 65 people from across North America.

via Worlds Apart: Indigenous Leaders Abandon Faith in UN to Find Climate Solution | Common Dreams.