Native Village Youth and Education News
May 1, 2009 Issue 198
Aiding the Earth
Environmental activist shares her life lessons
By Shade Fakunle
“Who’s in charge of your future?” asked Winona LaDuke, founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Winona recently spoke at Ohio Wesleyan University on the topic “Building a Green Economy: Indigenous Strategies for a Sustainable Future.” During her speech, Winona shared “tenets of sustainability” based upon the Anishinabe teachings she learned as a youth:
LaDuke went on to suggest actions that everyday people can take to help the environment survive. She mentioned that everyone could grow gardens to re-localize food security and to harness wind power to re-localize energy.
“In the end, you have a choice. Try to do the best you can. Don’t squander your mind. You have a shot at keeping them from combusting the planet into an oblivion. We have a shot at doing things right,” LaDuke concludes.
LaDuke was raised in Oregon. In 1996 and 2000, she ran for vice president of the Unites States as a member of the Green Party. She has received many awards and is a member of the National Women Hall of Fame.
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