Global Justice Ecology Project partners with Margaret Prescod’s Sojourner Truth show on KPFK–Pacifica Los Angeles radio show for a weekly Earth Minute on Tuesdays and a weekly 12 minute Environment Segment every Thursday.
This week’s Earth Minute discusses the impacts of the climate crisis on the Indigenous Tarahumara people of Mexico who are suffering from a food crisis brought on by both a record drought and a disastrous freeze.
To listen to this week’s earth minute click the link below and scroll to minute 57:48.
KPFK Sojourner Truth Show Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012
Text from this week’s Earth Minute:
The Indigenous Tarahumara People, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, are some of the latest victims of the climate crisis. Their crops have been destroyed by a combination of the worst drought in 70 years compounded by a record-breaking freeze.
The Tarahumara, known for extreme long-distance running in their mountainous homeland, have been an inspiring symbol of strength and self-reliance in Mexico. The idea that these fierce people are now starving has mobilized a rapid relief effort in Mexico.
While some may think that the impacts of climate change are a problem of the future, more and more people are experiencing the impacts of extreme weather today–droughts, floods, out-of-season tornadoes, record warm spells and freezes, wildfires and severe storms. And these impacts are only projected to get worse.
It is time we get serious about challenging the dependence on fossil fuels, industrial agriculture and over-consumption that are driving the climate crisis. Systemic transformation is essential. We cannot wait until it is too late.
For the Earth Minute and the Sojourner Truth show this is Anne Petermann from Global Justice Ecology Project.