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A voice for indigenous people at Copenhagen

By Joe Romm on December 15, 2009 at 11:42 am

"A voice for indigenous people at Copenhagen"

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The poorest suffer the most for our myopic greed

We were people pushed out of our home lands, left to eat mud, to keep our life, our culture distorted and our identity eliminated. We craved on streets and were crushed by the mighty before we had a days meal. Then came a call revebrating in our ears,

“born in unjust society we shall not die in it, until we change it.”

Along with, and together with the caller, we now strive to regain all that we lost, our homelands, our culture, our identity and thus for dignified exixtence and survival as distinct people of national polity.

No group suffers more from — but contributes less to — human-caused climate change than the indigenous people of the world.  In industrialized countries, we don’t hear enough from those voices.  I happened to be in line today next to V. S. Roy David, of CORD (Coorg Organization of Rural Development), based at “Kushalnagar of Somwarpet in Coorg District” in India’s Karnataka State about 150 miles from Bangalore, the State capital.  Here’s what he had to say after more than three decades representing indigenous people:

CORD’s motto — “born in unjust society we shall not die in it, until we change it” — should be the motto of us all.

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4 Responses to A voice for indigenous people at Copenhagen

  1. Jeff Huggins says:

    Joe and CP, these clips are very helpful and illuminating. Super job. Keep it up. Thanks. Jeff

  2. P. G. Dudda says:

    I would love to watch the clips, but they are useless to me because I am deaf — are there transcripts available that I’ve missed?

    [JR: Sorry, no. These are just videos I've uploaded myself.]

  3. Yvo De Boer and the leaders of Copenhagen Climate Change Conference are engaged in “the good fight” at the last, best opportunity for human civilization to save the planet for the children and coming generation as a fit place for human habitation. Years ago I was told that my generation had a duty to leave the world a better place than what is was when it was given to us by our forefathers and foremothers. It goes without saying that my not-so-great generation of greed-mongering elders will fall woefully short of discharging its responsibilities. Come what may for the children. Too many arrogant and selfish leaders in a single generation have recklessly chosen to fight wrongful wars for wrongheaded reasons, at a cost of blood and treasure that is as astounding in its stupidity as it is incalculable to measure.

  4. Ben Bernanke has just been named “Person of the Year” for saving the global economy from utter ruin by avaricious fat cats and their minions on Wall Street. When is someone going to be recognized for saving the Earth from greed-mongering economic powerbrokers and their bought-and-paid-for politicians?

    My vote goes to Yvo De Boer for “Person of the Year”, even though everyone realizes he will likely fail to save the planet because Father Profit seems to regularly triumph over Mother Nature. After all, greed rules and rules absolutely in our time, does it not?