The next generation of humanity stands at once to inherit a wealth of technological innovation while being impoverished by pollution and the loss of biodiversity. It need not be that way, but we each must take stock of how we can hand the next generation a better world.
Below appears a sampling of the issues that we care about here at Primitive State and links to organizations that are working toward changing the course of these issues. Also, be sure to check out our Terra Ethica section for an ongoing examination of these and other issues facing planet Earth.
“Biological diversity is of fundamental importance to the functioning of all natural and human-engineered ecosystems, and by extension to the ecosystem services that nature provides free of charge to human society. Living organisms play central roles in the cycles of major elements (carbon, nitrogen, and so on) and water in the environment, and diversity specifically is important in that these cycles require numerous interacting species.” From: The Encyclopedia of Earth.
Angus worked from 1994 to 2009 help preserve one small, but very important, part of the biodiversity puzzle: Gray wolves in the American West. There are still many challenges facing America’s wolves, and several organizations are working hard to protect wolves and other pieces of the biodiversity puzzle, including: Western Watersheds Project, Center for Biological Diversity and Earth Justice. Also, our friend, Dr. Ralph Maughan, runs an excellent blog covering many issues related to wolves and other carnivores and wild places in the American West; check it out at:http://wolves.wordpress.com.
Native American Rights
It seems that every powerful empire has climbed to its pinnacle on the backs of some continent’s aboriginal culture–and America is no exception. The story of North America’s native peoples after 1492 is one of one broken promise after another, of biological and cultural warfare—and of strength and perseverance in the face of it all.
For many Americans, this history is unknown or fuzzy at-best. Yet, ignorance is no excuse. When Angus learned of the plight of the Navajo elders fighting relocation from their tribal lands on Big Mountain, he put his life on hold for a little while to go tend sheep for Roberta Blackgoat. Roberta was a force to be dealt with, and while Angus tended her sheep and her hogan, Roberta traveled to Geneva to help the United Nations draft a charter dealing with aboriginal rights.
If you’d like to learn more about the plight of North America First Nations, check out the following:
A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn.
Diné CARE, an organization dedicated to fighting for the environmental rights of the Navajo people in the American Southwest.
One Spirit, an organization dedicated to assist the Lakota people preserve and revitalize the Lakota culture and language, and to help the Lakota attain self-sufficiency again.