REDOIL is a grassroots Alaska Native group in Alaska states. Faith Gemmill tells it like it is. Global warming is impacting Indigenous people in Alaska right now. The ice is melting, lives are being threatened, there are emergency evacuations, coastal people are having to move inland (forced relocation). Who cares? How were the Indigenous people treated at COP21? Join us to hear what Faith has to say to leaders of the world about not having the luxury of time anymore, about keeping it in the ground and so much more. She is passionate, informed and has solutions.
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- A Pit River/Wintu and Neets’aiiGwish’in Athabascan, Faith was raised in the Artic Village, Alaska. The village is northeast Alaska -adjacent to the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. The community is about 110 miles above the artic circle. Faith and her community live a land based subsistence lifestyle – they hunt, fish and gather to survive. Faith and her people are very dependent on the Porcupine Caribou Herd.
- The Porcupine Caribou Herd gives birth to their young in the coastal plain of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. When you hear about the issue of the Refuge and oil drilling – the place they want to drill is targeting the birthplace and the nursery of the caribou herd.
- What are the issues and the rights at stake? Faith sheds light on the personal, political and life issues (historical and current) at stake right now and what Americans need to do to take a stand.
- What does it mean that Alaska is a resource state? How is this used to leverage support from the people in Alaska? Listen to this podcast to learn more.
- Most native Alaskan communities live a subsistence lifestyle and in order for these lifestyles to be sustained, the lands need to be in tact. Faith shares, in great detail, the impact of global warming on the state of Alaska and the people living there.
- What is the impact of global warming on the people (and all natural cycles of life) in Faith’s community and other indigenous people? Forced relocation, loss of resources, loss of rights and negative social statistics related to human health are just the beginning of the list. Who is accountable to these communities – to the American people – to provide the financial support necessary to address these problems?
- There is a global warming crisis in Alaska – climate refugees exist today in the American state of Alaska. Consider all the coastal communities in Alaska – 80 communities will need to be relocated.
- What is the vision, should the resources be established, for the relocation of these communities? Faith shares her expertise and insight during this podcast.
- The state of Alaska, the federal government, corporations and oil companies are continuing to target the homelands of indigenous people. So the battle is on two fronts – fighting global warming/climate change and the United States energy policy. The Trump administration is rolling back environmental protections and Faith shares the facts on the damage being done and the damage being proposed.
- How are indigenous people represented in COP 21? What was the realization that she and all indigenous people had following COP 21 and what was the resulting mission? You might be surprised by Faith’s report during this podcast.
- It is time for people to wake up. We are in crisis – the climate crisis. Faith gives us a true wake-up call and tangible action steps. What is her number one call to action? Listen to hear what that call to action is and when it needs to happen.
- Women have a sacred responsibility to uphold life – and thus, women are standing up to defend life.
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