July 23, 2020
Lyla June, musician, anthropologist and activist, introduces us to the Seven Generations New Deal and how applying this has the potential to create “what could possibly go right”. Her interview insights included:
- That it’s hard to imagine what the world could be like, when we’re so busy fighting what it’s like.
- That economy is inseparable from ecology; you can destroy ecology to help the economy for only a short time, before your whole house of cards collapses.
- That the systems and conceptual frameworks that got us into this climate crisis will not get us out of it.
- The value of respecting indigenous science and looking to those societies with a proven track record of sustainability for solutions.
- That considering the inequity of who will have to pay for others’ climate mistakes, this reframing shifts emissions reduction from a scientific option to an ethical obligation.
- The importance of climate education and that everyone deserves to be informed from a multicultural perspective, not just the Eurocentric view.
- That we need visionary, forward thinking voices that push lawmakers to think completely differently.
- Visit www.sgnd.info to read more about the Seven Generations New Deal.
About Lyla June
Lyla June is a poet, singer-songwriter, hip-hop artist, human ecologist, public speaker and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages. Her dynamic, multi-genre performance and speech style has invigorated and inspired audiences across the globe towards personal, collective and ecological healing. Her messages focus on Indigenous rights, supporting youth, inter-cultural healing, historical trauma and traditional land stewardship practices. She blends her undergraduate studies in human ecology at Stanford University, her graduate work in Native American Pedagogy at the University of New Mexico, and the indigenous worldview she grew up with to inform her perspectives and solutions. Her internationally acclaimed performances and speeches are conveyed through the medium of prayer, hip-hop, poetry, acoustic music and speech. Her personal goal is to grow closer to Creator by learning how to love deeper.