Magazine article New Internationalist

Power in the Wind

Magazine article New Internationalist

Power in the Wind

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WORLD LEADERS ARE starting to look to indigenous people for guidance on how to make it through this convergence of crises related to climate - the peak of oil and depletion of natural resources. It's indigenous people who through thousands and thousands of years have developed a way of life, a philosophy, a lifestyle and values for how to survive on this Mother Earth. If people don't understand their relationship to Mother Earth, then they will start to exploit it. A renewed respect for the earth will challenge a commodity-oriented economic system that promotes consumerism, rapid economic growth and the waste that we generate.

For the past seven years we've been making a much-needed transition away from a fossil-fuel economy to clean energy. One of the things that we are promoting is the right and ability of our indigenous tribes in North America to develop wind turbines in the prairie lands of the United States. There are 300 to 600 gigawatts of wind power available in areas where many of our indigenous tribes are located. So the inter-tribal council on utility policy has been able to work with the Rosebud Sioux Lakota Reservation in South Dakota to build the first Native American 750-kilowatt wind turbine. …

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