« The Earth does not belong to Man, Man belongs to the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. »


Chief Seattle

 « Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth.

This we know – the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. »

  • Chief Seattle, from a speech in 1854 during the governor of Washington’s visit to a council of local tribal chiefs

Every part of global capitalist society is failing to make the « transformational changes » needed to avert the most disastrous consequences of the climate crisis concerning the energy sector, industrial agriculture, transportation, finance and technology. 

Not one is altering their business model or encouraging the modification of rampant consumerism in order to avoid 1.5  degrees Celsius in global warming beyond the pre-industrial era, the critical target of the Paris climate agreement. It may already be too late to avoid even worse climate outcomes.

Most companies and political parties avoid making significant changes by tacking a « green » label on business as usual.

The recent IPCC Sixth Assessment Report concluded that human activity; the burning of fossil fuels and massive deforestation for agribusiness and extractive industries is the « unequivocal » cause of climate change, and has already unleashed devastating changes around the globe with more to come.

Meanwhile, most of the colonizing countries of the G-20 continue their destructive extractive practices unabated, all over the globe, as indigenous peoples and their allies struggle against them in order to protect water sources, forests, people, and the rest of the living world.

We are the deciders in our own lives and we can choose now to boycott products from deforestation; gold, palm oil, beef, soy, exotic wood, gem stones, etc. 

Please choose to not purchase items that are transported from 3000 kilometers away and prefer locally-sourced, in-season products.

Buy less, repair, reuse, recycle and share.

We can choose to not contribute to the destruction and, instead, help mitigate the damage in order to insure a more viable future.

For more details concerning the effects of deforestation, please read here:

https://palmoildetectives.com/2022/03/06/deforestation-can-raise-local-temperatures-by-up-to-4-5%e2%84%83-and-heat-untouched-areas-6km-away/

About Barbara Crane Navarro - Rainforest Art Project

I'm a French artist living near Paris. From 1968 to 1973 I studied at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, then at the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California, for my BFA. My work for many decades has been informed and inspired by time spent with indigenous communities. Various study trips devoted to the exploration of techniques and natural pigments took me originally to the Dogon of Mali, West Africa, and subsequently to Yanomami communities in Venezuela and Brazil. Over many years, during the winters, I studied the techniques of traditional Bogolan painting. Hand woven fabric is dyed with boiled bark from the Wolo tree or crushed leaves from other trees, then painted with mud from the Niger river which oxidizes in contact with the dye. Through the Dogon and the Yanomami, my interest in the multiplicity of techniques and supports for aesthetic expression influenced my artistic practice. The voyages to the Amazon Rainforest have informed several series of paintings created while living among the Yanomami. The support used is roughly woven canvas prepared with acrylic medium then textured with a mixture of sand from the river bank and lava. This supple canvas is then rolled and transported on expeditions into the forest. They are then painted using a mixture of acrylic colors and Achiote and Genipap, the vegetal pigments used by the Yanomami for their ritual body paintings and on practical and shamanic implements. My concern for the ongoing devastation of the Amazon Rainforest has inspired my films and installation projects. Since 2005, I've created a perfomance and film project - Fire Sculpture - to bring urgent attention to Rainforest issues. To protest against the continuing destruction, I've publicly set fire to my totemic sculptures. These burning sculptures symbolize the degradation of nature and the annihilation of indigenous cultures that depend on the forest for their survival.
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4 Responses to « The Earth does not belong to Man, Man belongs to the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. »

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