Climate of Community
True Power for Climate Resilience and Recovery
With Daniel R. Wildcat, author of
Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge
Sunday, February 28, 2021
3:00-5:00 pm CST on Zoom
Red Alert 2.0 – Finding Comfort with our Mother, the Earth.
During the last year people who were already worrying, feeling a general sadness, anxiety, or depression about climate change have now had that situation exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Our social distancing and isolation during the past pandemic year of multiple systemic crises, e.g., economic, political, social justice (BLM), climate change, etc. can lead to a sense of hopelessness and loneliness, sometimes with debilitating effects. Yet, in the midst of these crises, Daniel Wildcat, author of Red Alert: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge, will discuss how one can find hope, beauty, and ways of living well in the midst of uncertainty and insecurity by becoming mindful of our Mother Earth right outside our doors.
Replace fears for food, housing, and homeland security with a sense of homeland maturity that can help us cope with and, more importantly, productively address the challenges we face in a world with multiple crises laid one on top of the other.
Daniel R. Wildcat, Ph.D.
Indigenous & American Indian Studies faculty member
Haskell Indian Nations University
Daniel R. Wildcat is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma. His service as teacher and administrator at Haskell spans 35 years. He has served as adjunct faculty for the Bloch School – UMKC for the past decade. In 1994 he helped form a partnership with the Hazardous Substance Research Center at Kansas State University to create the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Center as a non-profit Native American research center to facilitate: 1) technology transfer to tribal governments and Native communities, 2) transfer of accurate environmental information to tribes, and 3) research opportunities to tribal college faculty and students throughout the United States.
He is the author and editor of several books: Power and Place: Indian Education In America, with Vine Deloria, Jr.; Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria’s Legacy on Intellectual America, with Steve Pavlik. His most recent book, Red Alert: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge, suggests current environmental issues will require the exercise of indigenous ingenuity – indigenuity – and wisdom if humankind is to reduce the environmental damage underway. He is a co-author on the Southern Great Plains chapter of the Fourth National Climate Assessment.
The process of how we go about developing a resilient community is integral in effectively responding to the climate crisis.
We are working to create a climate of Community
so the community can work effectively for the Climate.
- We bear the burden of difficult things better as a bonded community than we can ever do as individuals;
- Sharing our stories authentically is part of the bonding and healing process that keeps us strong and effective;
- Finding our personal power and linking that with community power is the most effective we can be in addressing broad-scale difficulties;
- There are many paths to community bonding and healing, arising from diverse traditions and methods, and the more diverse our approaches the stronger we will be and remain.
- True Power is not “power over” others but “power to” advocate for and serve what matters to us.