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A TED Talk Reaction

Amy Longcrier, Biosystems Engineer

I recently listened to a TED Talk about the Sioux Nation, the Black Hills, and the American government’s inability to honor treaties. The talk includes a powerful call to action “to honor the treaties and give back the Black Hills…it’s not your business what they do with them.” I’m not sure what action I’m supposed to take personally, but the idea of taking our hands off and allowing nature to take its course and native inhabitants to take over definitely reaches into ecological restoration.

Does the US government understand deep ecology?  How do we expect government policy to reflect the importance of native plants and animals when those in charge don’t even see the importance of native humans?

http://www.ted.com/talks/aaron_huey.html

1 comment

  1. Keith Bowers says:

    Thanks Amy for passing this along. Michael Soule made an interested point today. The three most important things about ecological restoration are jobs, jobs and jobs; which is really saying that without considering human livelihoods and security, we are all screwed. I like the fact that Biohabitats is moving in the direction of civic justice and environmental justice as a critical component of ecological restoration and conservation.

    What can you do? Continue to push all of us in that direction. "Don't expect us to do the right thing, make us do the right thing"

    Keith Bowers, RLA, PWS
    Biohabitats, Inc.

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