CONCERN FOR OUR SHARED FUTURE: INDIGENOUS ELDERS SPEAK ABOUT FUKUSHIMA AT UN

In September 2013 Indigenous Elders and Medicine People of North and South America gathered in Council to consider the continuing crisis in Fukushima. At the conclusion of four days of prayer and discussion, they made a formal statement. They stressed that “the Fukushima nuclear crisis alone is a threat to the future of humanity. Yet, our concern goes far beyond this single threat. Our concern is with the cumulative and compounding devastation that is being wrought by the actions of human beings around the world. It is the combination of resource extraction, genetically modified organisms, moral failures, pollution, introduction of invasive species and much more that are threatening the future of life on Earth. Powerful technologies are out of control and are threatening the future of all life.”

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Chief Arvol Looking Horse of the Sioux Nation presented the Council Statement at an NGO gathering at the Church Center for the UN in November 2013. At the same time a draft resolution was submitted to the General Assembly calling for an International Independent Commission of Experts to assist Japan in reducing radiation and minimizing public health risks. No action has yet been taken by the UN.

What you can do:

• Support the Council Statement:     caretakersofmotherearth.com/
• Read the UN Resolution:                   UNdraftFukushimaResolution.pdf
• Learn more about the workers:      fukushima-workers-special-report
• Take a video tour of the plant:        www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh-pAJwwHV8

• Remember the people of Japan in a special way on March 11, the 3rd anniversary of ‘311’

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Always consider how a particular decision affects the next seven generations.
Deodata Bunzigiye

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