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Learning from our oldest cultures.

Western Showdown: Saving the Klamath Western Showdown: Saving the Klamath
by Alice Outwater
How the tribes of the Klamath River stood up for the salmon—and won.
Alaska Native Wisdom for Modern Times Alaska Native Wisdom for Modern Times
by Llarion Merculieff
The Roman Empire lasted for 500 years; southwest Alaska’s Aleuts for 9,000. As the economy crumbles, what can Alaska Natives teach us about sustainable economics?
Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing Ancient Traditions Keep Desert Waters Flowing
by Arturo Sandoval
New Mexico's acequias—communal irrigation canals—still function as a tool to preserve and share scarce desert water.
Cochabamba’s Message: Let the People Speak Cochabamba’s Message: Let the People Speak
by Janet Redman
The World People's Summit broke new ground by allowing those most affected by a changing climate the chance to speak out about their ideas for just solutions.
From Crisis to Opportunity From Crisis to Opportunity
by Velcrow Ripper
Will the World People's Summit be a turning point in the climate crisis?
Local Knowledge and Local Technologies Local Knowledge and Local Technologies
by Elizabeth Cooper
At the World People's Conference on Climate Change, the emphasis on local and indigenous knowledge stands out.
The Open Veins of Climate Change The Open Veins of Climate Change
by Eduardo Galeano
Message from Eduardo Galeano, the author of Open Veins of Latin America, to participants of the First World Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba.
A Thousand Suns A Thousand Suns
Our new problems might require paying attention to old wisdom. A new documentary looks to indigenous leadership for answers—and throws our way of life into sharp relief.
Climate Game Changer Climate Game Changer
by Sarah van Gelder
Can Cochabamba pick up where Copenhagen failed?
Economic Recovery, Hawaiian Style Economic Recovery, Hawaiian Style
by Lurline Wailana McGregor
What indigenous economies can teach us about abundance.
Bolivia to Host Climate Summit for the People Bolivia to Host Climate Summit for the People
by Margit Christenson
Bolivian President Evo Morales has called for an alternative climate-change conference, this one involving governments as well as non-governmental organizations, indigenous groups, scientists, and environmentalists.
Avatar in the Amazon Avatar in the Amazon
Indigenous Amazonian communities in Ecuador share their take on the American blockbuster, Avatar.
What’s Wrong with Avatar? What’s Wrong with Avatar?
by Fran Korten
James Cameron's Avatar has its pluses, but it elevates violence instead of depicting a real path to peace and cultural transformation.
Bolivia's Economic Success Bolivia's Economic Success
by Sara Kozameh
By regaining public ownership of natural resources and focusing on social programs, the Morales administration has achieved record growth despite the recession.
Climate Hero Clayton Thomas-Müller Climate Hero Clayton Thomas-Müller
Clayton Thomas-Müller is working to keep corporations from privatizing the atmosphere, as they have privatized the land and exploited the natural resources that once belonged to the First Nations of Canada.
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