A Path of Hope for the Future

 Hope for the Future Keynote address delivered at the 2000 Houston Youth Environmental Leadership Conference, 1/26/00 Yesterday a teenager sent me an email letter in which he said, “I feel cheated that it’s all UP TO ME. By being in the younger generation, I have to save the world before I can even begin to think of building a life …

Tsaatan

Tsaatan (reindeer people) are the last reindeer herders who survived for thousands of years inhabiting the remotest subartic taiga, moving between 5 and 10 times a year. Presently, only 44 families remain, their existence threatened by the dwindling number of their domesticated reindeer. “If there were no reindeer we would not exist” The Tsaatan rely on the animal for most, if …

CHUKCHI

  The ancient Arctic #Chukchi live on the peninsula of the Chukotka. Unlike other native groups of Siberia, they have never been conquered by Russian troops. Their environment and traditional culture endured destruction under Soviet rule, by weapon testing and pollution. “The way you treat your dog in this life determines your place in heaven” Due to the harsh climate …

Huli

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#Huli It is believed that the first Papua New Guineans migrated to the island over 45000 years ago. Today, over 3 million #people, half of the heterogeneous population, live in the highlands. Some of these communities have engaged in low-scale tribal conflict with their neighbours for millennia.   It is believed that the first Papua New Guineans migrated to the …

Himba

Himba The Himba are an ancient #tribe of tall, slender and statuesque herders. Since the 16th century they have lived in scattered settlements, leading a life that has remained unchanged, surviving war and droughts. The tribal structure helps them live in one of the most extreme environments on earth. The Himba are an ancient indigenous group of tall, slender and …

The Kazakh

Kazakh The Kazakhs are the descendants of Turkic, Mongolic and Indo-Iranian tribes and Huns that populated the territory between Siberia and the Black Sea. They are a semi-nomadic #people and have roamed the mountains and valleys of western Mongolia with their herds since the 19th century.     Read more at http://tr1bes.com/kazakh

Super-diverse Amazon microbiome

Is super-diverse Amazon microbiome something to strive for? The Yanomami people in the Venezuelan rainforest have the most diverse population of gut microbes ever seen, far more varied than Western guts. Does it matter? Hunter-gathering in the rainforests and mountains of northern Brazil and southern #Venezuela, the #Yanomami eat a high-fibre diet based largely on cassava. For thousands of years, …