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In the depths of our shared collective vision, we, as Indigenous Peoples, unite to present a transformative perspective that extends beyond our current reality. We are rooted in deep reverence for our ancestral wisdom and a steadfast commitment to preserving our traditional practices, offering invaluable contributions to the preservation and restoration of our precious natural world.
By incorporating our Indigenous perspectives, we forge a path that addresses the global challenges of our impending climate and societal collapse while nurturing principles of social justice, cultural diversity, community, respect, deep listening and environmental well-being for the next generations to come. Our wisdom is fundamental to the survival of humanity.
Hand in hand with the international community, we envision a harmonious world that safeguards the Earth's systems (planetary boundaries and all) and ensures a sustainable existence for generations to come, guided by the wisdom of our ancestors and our collective prayers. Together, we invoke divine guidance, seeking strength and courage to address pressing challenges and strive to create a future that celebrates the unity of all beings and cherishes the profound interconnectedness that binds us as one global family.
However, we face obstacles in our journey towards a sustainable future. The Conference of Parties (COP), a crucial international decision-making body that monitors and reviews the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, often excludes us, the Indigenous and front-line communities, from the official negotiations that set the course for global climate action. This exclusion creates a significant challenge: it hinders our ability to contribute meaningfully and create impactful actions to address climate change. Therefore, it is imperative that we work together to ensure that our perspectives are not only heard but also translated into actionable policies. By amplifying our voices and ensuring our active participation in COP, we can bring forth the wisdom and knowledge that arise from our deep connection to the land and nature. Together, we can shape a future that respects and integrates the diverse perspectives of all communities, forging a path towards a more sustainable and equitable world.
To address this issue, a group of passionate activists and Indigenous Wisdom Keepers have been working tirelessly to consolidate the voices of these communities into a coherent platform that the collective can use as a reference point during negotiations. The goal is to ensure that the valuable perspectives of these communities are given the attention and respect they deserve while standing in solidarity with our fellow human beings around the world.
The valuable perspectives of Indigenous communities within climate negotiations are being overlooked, and we are determined to have our voices heard while being in actual solidarity with our siblings around the world. With your help, we can directly incorporate Indigenous knowledge into contemporary climate policy, which will go a long way in ensuring that climate action policies are inclusive, equitable, and can sustain generations to come.
Additionally, the collective is planning a unique and meaningful canoe journey through the Persian Gulf. The journey will be taken with the delegation, and it promises to be an opportunity for the group to connect with each other and with the environment. The canoe journey holds great significance for the group as it is a tradition among many Indigenous communities to travel via canoes. This mode of transportation is not only sustainable but also deeply rooted in cultural heritage. By embarking on this journey, the collective aims to honor our various heritages while also advocating for sustainable practices that can benefit the environment and communities.
During the journey, the group will offer prayers for the future of humanity. This gesture is not only a sign of respect but also an acknowledgment of the power of prayer and spirituality in bringing about positive change. The group hopes that this act of offering prayers will set the tone for the negotiations and inspire decision-makers to approach the talks with a sense of humility and a willingness to listen to the voices of all communities. This act of unity and solidarity will go a long way in fostering a more collaborative and inclusive approach to climate policy.
The week-long strategy sessions that the group will hold prior to engagement, is a crucial component of their efforts to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into contemporary climate policy. The sessions will provide an opportunity for the collective to discuss and refine their ideas for the platform and strategic discussion around engagement. It will also provide a space for members of the group to share their own perspectives and experiences, which will further enrich the collective's understanding of the issues at hand. This collaborative approach is essential in creating actionable policies that can benefit everyone, irrespective of their background or identity.
Your contribution to our cause will make a huge impact on our efforts to incorporate diverse perspectives and traditions into contemporary climate policy at this year’s Conference of the Parties (COP28). Every dollar helps us to continue this crucial work and move towards a more sustainable and equitable future that benefits everyone.
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We appreciate your support in making our vision a reality, and we look forward to working with you towards a brighter and more sustainable future for all. Thank you for your contribution!