On land, in the seas, in the sky, the devastating impact of humans on nature has been starkly laid out in a compelling new UN report. It concludes that if the present rate of consumption of food and energy continues, humans will be responsible for a catastrophic extinction rate never before seen - in the order of one million animal and plant species. The study concludes that "transformative change" is needed in every aspect of how humans interact with nature to avert this crisis. A collapse of these species could mean the collapse of all life on Earth.
All this was prophesied by the Hopi – who warned of the dangerous path we are taking in an address to the UN General Assembly in 1992 by Hopi Elder, Thomas Banyacya. Like the UN report, his message stressed the need to live in harmony with nature as the only way forward to avert the collapse of life on Earth. 30 years later, we have not heeded his warnings but instead have accelerated the destruction of life on Earth, including our own.
“Journey Home” powerfully and dramatically picks up on his message and reconnects us with those still living in harmony with nature to inspire us to understand that we each have the power to avoid a planetary catastrophe. In 2018, we used up the equivalent of 1.7 Earths. We must move back from the abyss and live within planetary boundaries to survive. To do so, we need to understand that our choices matter and that the Earth does not belong to us but rather, that we belong to the Earth.
"We are at a time where Indigenous people the world over are waking up to the realization that we are destroying ourselves by not revisiting our history of who we really are. I believe that "Journey Home" can contribute towards the peace that reconciliation can bring. "Journey Home" falls exactly where it needs to be brought forth in this day and age. It deserves to be funded and presented to the public as part of the awakening of the sleeping giant. There is no greater time than now."
Colleen Swan, Author/Advocate/Whale Hunter, Kivalina, Alaska