While the budget fight drags on and politicians stop talking to each other, they can always talk to the Earth (aka Gaea). At the National Museum of the American Indian on the national mall. (yes, the museum is new and oh so elaborate), a politically charged exhibit runs through January 2, 2012.
The exhibit’s mothership website notes:
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. . . . Conversations with the Earth works to enable local indigenous communities to create first-hand accounts of their experience of climate change.
Even the United States Geologic Survey has also jumped into the Conversation with Earth:
Canoe paddlers and scientists, traveling together, collect observational data and integrate indigenous knowledge with science to improve the understanding of the Salish Sea’s natural history in ways science alone can not offer.
Ways science alone cannot offer? Will the USGS tow crystals from the canoe as shaman paddle? As the White House resists serious spending cuts, this farcical and politicized Conversation with the Earth reminds American Taxpayers that the federal budget is so infested with bloat that resistance to massive cuts has become parody.