I posted about this when it started last summer, but Avatar fans should actually look at where its REALLY happening in what scientists have described as the "lungs" of our planet. A few thousand indigenous people decided putting their lives on the line to protect all of us from US-Peruvian free trade agreements devastating what scientists see as one of the most critical buffers against global warming, not to mention the source of our planets oxygen balance.
Unfortunately, their dramatic, temporary victory is facing ongoing threats from a racist president and the US' own trade agreements.
"We will fight together with our parents and children to take care of the forest, to save the life of the equator and the entire world." -Leaders of pan-indigenous uprising last summer*
I'm a follower of the Simple Way of Jesus working with the Episcopal church in Omaha and the Sandhills of Nebraska for a year.
Previously I studied ministry, social justice, and Native American studies at Harvard Divinity School. I was Baptized into the Roman Catholic and Methodist traditions, I was received in the Episcopal church with its beautiful "Middle Way" and deep sensitivity to Jesus' Presence among us in the world.