She talked about taking her children earlier this week to a protest at the White House to get the attention of a president spoke to their community two years ago and told them that yes, they did deserve clean water and air but who has not taken a stand on this pipeline.
I hope that President Obama will place his feet firmly on the right side of history on this issue. But more importantly, I hope it will start to get more visibility and that more people will learn about what has been going on and the threat to native peoples and their land.
Leonardo DiCaprio has taken a stand against the pipeline, as have many others.
If you are as out of the loop as I was, check out the links above.
Here’s also the September 7 Washington Post article about the movement against the pipeline, and 10 Ways to help the Standing Rock Sioux Fight the Pipeline.
Finally, I’d like to hear about ways to include conversation about this issue in school. Environmental stewardship is part of the core values of my children’s magnet school. It’s important that our children be part of a national conversation, especially when it relates to topics they are studying, like water as a precious natural resource.
Earlier this week, the Moms Clean Air Force blog published an interview with Bill Bigelow of Rethinking Schools about making climate change part of the school curriculum. Lots of food for thought there.
I’d love to hear more about making environmental and social justice issues — like the Dakota Access Pipeline and its connection to civil rights and human rights — part of school curriculum, even at the elementary level.
My Huffington Post piece about wanting my kids to be confronted by their white privilege is here.