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Unknown Climate Movements

When it comes to environmental activism, white-led groups usually get headlines and respect from the public, yet fighting for the protection of our land reaches far back with numerous indigenous and local groups.

Groups like the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) have been making huge strives despite the lack of attention in the media. Connecting tribes from across the country, the IEN has made leaps in progress from speaking at the UN in 2009 to protesting the Dakota Pipeline. Currently, the IEN is protesting at Red Lake against legislation that will disallow individual tents.

IF NOT US THEN WHO? is another Native-lead organization advocating for environmental protecting legislation, connecting across the globe and yet failing to even have a wikipedia page. Reaching more than two dozen countries, IF NOT US THEN WHO? is currently urging the US government (and other countries) to bring more funding to “zoonotic spillover surveillance, the management of sustainable landscapes, conserving the ecological integrity of intact forests, and enforcing wildlife trade policies in the FY21 Consolidated Appropriations Act.”

Whilst the previous two groups have somewhat stable financial backings, burdens from the pandemic have almost blown Ho‘okua‘āina, a Hawaiian organization, out of the water. Using just 3 acres of lo’i, Ho‘okua‘āina has grown around 30,000 pounds of kalo, a native crop, annually with the help of 1,500 students and hundreds of part time volunteers from those coming out of the Hawaiʻi Youth Correctional Facility, and have been doing so for the past 12 years. Whether buying a 3$ sticker or a 35$ jacket from their website or signing the “Protect Pololū Valley” petition (less than half a million away from their goal of protecting lo’i in the Pololū Valley), Ho‘okua‘āina could use the support to continue their APA programs and teach Hawaiian youth “stream restoration, [and] forest management, while being supported to begin their college career”.