The environmental exploitation of ecosystems by humans deeply affects our food, health, air and water quality, plant and animal diversity, and much more. Low-income and impoverished communities and communities of color are especially hard-hit while the global trend strains natural resources as wealthy communities continue to demand a higher standard of living. This has led to some irreversible loss and destruction of our natural resources, such as trees, fossil fuels, sand, and water, calling for a closer look at sustainability, conservation, environmental education and aid, and power and system shifts. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.
Petra Brussee interviews M.S.W. Mona Polacca representing the International Council of 13 indigenous grandmothers at the multi-stakeholder dialogue on water in the post-2015 agenda in the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands. 21 March 2012.
Mona Polacca is a Hopi-Tewa/Havasupai elder and member of the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. Grandmother Mona has a Masters degree in Social Work and serves in several United Nations indigenous issues committees.
This is a series of excerpts from Grandmother Mona Polacca Blue Water., at a speaking engagement, in 2012. Grandmother Mona Polacca believes that her origins are as important as her name, Polacca, which means butterfly in the Hopi language.