This topic of our environment is important to everyone in the world since we all live here, and this is the only place in the universe we know life to exist. This is because our humanity is being challenged by the environment that we are destroying, threatening to change our world into a world much like Venus (Cain, 2008). Venus is entirely a green house gas planet which is what our fossil fuels release, keeping the sun rays in the atmosphere and warming the planet to inhospitable levels. Native Americans have had such a connection with their world around them that green house gasses were never an issue in their way of living, but ever since the invasion of Europeans the environment has been ever changing with pollution and destruction of the environment (Max, n.d.). The arrival of the Europeans also brought about economics rather than strictly trade, bringing consumerism outside of strictly survival was brought upon the Native Americans. The philosophy of the indigenous is one of respect for the environment, but corporate power and influence is destroying how our Earth used to be which is something that my generation and I have to figure out how to make a difference (Rapps, n.d.).
Some of these ideologies dates back to the stories of creation, for every action results in another one, either beneficial or destructive. This is similar to science in chemistry and physics, but Native beliefs have been pushed aside and even “educated” out of their lives (Reyhner, n.d.). This was done by evoking that the land as churches was not a true religions, sending them to boarding schools to teach Christian and other western beliefs (Reyhner, n.d.). Before the Europeans came to the America’s, the Native people had no industry that consumed natural resources. In fact, the use of material without respect is against their core belief of unity (Prescott, 2015). As climate changes throughout the world, Native teachings are at the center to the belief of modern activist groups and participation of these communities are making their impacts.
My beliefs have been similar to the Natives before I knew their history and beliefs, while I myself am very scientific in how I see the world. In Native beliefs through the genocide and persecution of their culture, “The Seventh Generation” will rise to meet to lead the effort in changing the issues of the world (Prescott, 2015). Like climate change, the Native perspective of the natural universe can help scientists understand aspects of the universe that their research may fall short upon.
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Rapps, Eric. (n.d.). A gold myth: The truth behind the California gold rush. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
Reyhner, Jon. (n.d.). AMERICAN INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS EXPERIENCE circa 1850-1930 Web Portal for Research Education Famous Historical Photographs, Books, Photographers, Authors, Bibliographies. Retrieved October 16, 2015.