WaPo Plugs Native American 'Climate Change' Exhibit

The top recommended item in Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine was a new exhibit pushing against “climate change” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian:

Varying opinions are constantly thrown around regarding global warming,but rarely are the voices of indigenous people among those heard in the discussion. "Conversations With the Earth: Indigenous Voices on Climate Change" offers a native perspective on the problem, with photos, video and audio illuminating how tribal communities in the Arctic, Brazil and beyond have been affected by climate change.

The Smithsonian boasts that it “adds the voices of the Earth's traditional stewards to the search for a viable response to the challenges of climate change.” But the "indigenous peoples" line is just another way to communicate full-blown panic that the Earth will die soon if we don't accept the radical-left green agenda. The CWE website's Why Now section asserts:

Compared to the dominant industrialized societies, Indigenous Peoples have contributed least to climate change. Still, they suffer the brunt of the immediate and direct effects of escalating climate disruption. Despite the September 2007 adoption by the UN General Assembly of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), indigenous peoples have largely been excluded from the UN climate negotiations – the embodiment of climate injustice.

At this critical time of global decision-making, indigenous voices have important knowledge and wisdom to contribute to the global discourse on climate change, which will determine global choices in shaping our collective future. From Manus islanders in Papua New Guinea working together to save their Oceanside homes, to Maasai villagers in Kenya responding to a cattle-killing drought in the open plains, Conversations with the Earth works to enable local indigenous communities to create first-hand accounts of their experience of climate change.

"We can’t wait five years," says Inupiat leader Patricia Cochran, the Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change, about efforts to phase out greenhouse gas emissions. "We’re a harbinger of what is to come, what the rest of the world can expect."

A partner with this exhibit is the advocacy group Land Is Life, whose "Vision" statement favors not just the Indians, but their "collective ownership" rights: they announce they support  "a process of dialogue and strategic action that will bring about the international legal recognition of indigenous peoples' rights to self-determination and collective ownership of lands, resources and knowledge."

It certainly looks like more taxpayer-subsidized museum propaganda for the Left.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis