NORFOLK — Monday, Oct. 12 was Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a vacation that celebrates Native American historical past and tradition.
To commemorate the day, the Norfolk Church of Christ and the nonprofit group Alliance for a Viable Future held its Stroll For Local weather Management occasion.
The unique concept behind the occasion was to have the occasion on the City Inexperienced and a hike on the Barbour Woods Path.
Nonetheless, as a consequence of inclement climate, a part of the occasion was held exterior and in addition contained in the church, with greater than 30 residents social distancing and sporting masks.
The occasion was co-organized by church pastor Erick Olsen and group member Thomas Murtha.
“This was a possibility for us to honor the view that Indigenous Folks have that every part that exists is a part of one household,” Olsen stated. “Talking from my perspective as a Christian pastor, we are able to be taught so much from that perspective. Honoring that perspective was an vital motive for holding this occasion on Indigenous Peoples’ Day. On the similar time, we had been attempting to convey collectively like-minded people who find themselves involved in regards to the local weather disaster that we face as a worldwide neighborhood and work to empower one another to be taught extra and discover ways in which we are able to regionally make a distinction.”
“A lot is being finished on a nationwide degree and state degree, however we would like help from residents to step up and do what they will to concentrate on what their choices are in relation to the surroundings,” Murtha stated. “But additionally we wished folks to take a look at the items from the Indigenous Folks of conventional ecological information. The primary settlements of Indigenous Peoples’ in Connecticut had been alongside the river valleys. There wasn’t so much happening in Norfolk as a result of it was a looking floor. Nonetheless, within the area, there have been a whole lot of Indigenous Folks right here, notably within the Housatonic Valley, the Connecticut River Valley, the Farmington River Valley. All of them practiced stewardship of the land and that goes again to the unique directions that are to be glad about the creation and deal with what you might have and one another.”
Each Olsen and Murtha stated that, regardless of the continual destruction of the surroundings as a consequence of local weather change, world warming, and different components, that it’s not too late to reverse it.
“We now have the options, we simply should implement them,” Murtha stated. “That’s why it’s vital to construct consciousness of the options and get folks to undertake the collective motion that’s wanted to deal with these environmental emergencies.”
“We are able to make a distinction in our communities by collaborating on exploring concepts like photo voltaic farms and wind power,” Olsen stated. “We have to advocate for analysis and growth for applied sciences which might be much less dangerous to the planet. These are issues that apply regionally. I feel that the extra we’re reminded by means of occasions like this that there are different folks on the identical web page, I feel we are able to work collectively to make lasting modifications and help one another. It will possibly really feel like an uphill battle, however we have to assist one another stand up the mountain.”
For extra details about The Alliance for a Viable Future go to https://www.allianceforaviablefuture.org/
Picture submitted by Erick Olsen
Photographs submitted by Thomas Murtha