From the Climate Action Team

In Gratitude

The Windigo is the legendary monster of the Anishinaabe people who has a voracious hunger and a heart of ice. They were once a human being “who has become a cannibal monster.” [1] Our sucking of oils from the Earth and burning them into carbon dioxide is one of our most grievous cannibal actions. Many human lifestyles participate in a voracious hunger and have large carbon footprints. What desires for luxuries crowd over our humility and gratitude for what we already have? Why do you think we want to take so much? What hunger do we hope to appease?

Ecologically grown vegetables - garlic_ cucumbers_ tomatoes_ onions_ carrots_ little orange berries and spikey red things

“I fear that a world made of gifts cannot coexist with a world made of commodities. I fear that I have no power to protect what I love against the Windigo.” [2] But, we must protect this beautiful, generous Earth from our “Windigo.” For what are you grateful that Earth gifts to you? How can you show your gratitude? Already, many are reciprocating in ways small and big. Some plant trees and insulate their homes. Some have filed lawsuits against government inaction and pipelines. Some take to the streets in protest. So many ways to act. We all must cut into the effects of climate change and approach our living from a place of generosity. In doing so we can bring forth hope for a future of “respect and reciprocity for the benefit of all.” [3]

[1] Kimmerer, Robin Wall, Braiding Sweetgrass. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2013, p 304.
[2] Ibid, p 374.
[3] Ibid, p 376.