The crisis we’re living through teaches us that it’s necessary – and urgent – that we rethink our lives and our relationship with natural resources collectively. And with indigenous peoples, whose knowledge and whose spirituality are fundamental for the survival of the human race.
That’s why it’s important to understand that those who survive Covid-19, and this respiratory, planetary war, will have to go through a second, equally-dramatic phase. Because the planet is in a feverish state, a state of upheaval. Society, humanity without indigenous peoples will be thirsty, but it will have is dirty water. A society without indigenous peoples will be hungry, but it will only have poisoned food. The struggle of indigenous peoples isn’t just to take care of the Earth, it’s also for people’s lungs, and above all the lungs of the Earth itself, which are unwell. And the lungs of the Earth are indigenous.
Célia Xakriabá, teacher and indigenous activist of the Xakriabá people of Brazil. She’s known for her participation in debates and conferences in Brazilian universities, promoting the rights of women, of the Earth and indigenous education. In 2015 she was the first indigenous representative at the Department of Education in the State of Minas Gerais, filling that role from 2015 to 2017.
The Food Talks are new and freely accessible format of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto: ten minutes for our guests to explore their thoughts on the world we live in, and the future we want for it.
Event languages: IT, PT