2018/19 Honor the Earth Annual Report
As we look ahead at 2020, we see a political, social and economic landscape which is poised to transition. We intend to be there. As I share with you our work over the past year and a half, I am very proud of this organization and so grateful for your support. Without you, this work would not be possible.
During the course of the last year, we’ve not only made the legal arguments which have kept the Enbridge pipeline projects at bay, but we’ve also strengthened work with allies in the region to challenge the aging fossil fuel infrastructure and to begin creating the future we want. We are part of the fabric of a strong social movement which is sweeping this country, and making the future we believe in.
We understand that we need to be at the table and not on the menu. To do that, we strengthen our work in social movements and in the elections ahead. We rocked the vote in the 2018 election and plan to do more in the upcoming 2020 election, challenging those who would silence the Native vote. We intend to be heard. Wisely, we are focusing on the next generation. We’ve trained twenty young people, and are preparing for the next generation’s leadership, in solar, in sustainable development, in community organizing- all essential skills. At 8th Fire, we launched the first solar thermal manufacturing company owned by Native people, and are selling our first set of panels, straight out of Ponsford. We are very proud to say, these are going to the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara nation in North Dakota, which is using them for a community center. We are making this future.
With your help, we’ve built a sophisticated organization, which works in both the US and Canada, and have deepened our relationship with allies, whether organizations, farmers or tribal governments and universities. And, with your help, we’ve been able to allocate over $l50,000 in grants to Indigenous projects throughout North America as a part of our gift sharing. We are grateful for your support in this work as well.
Please join us and celebrate this past couple of years- the hard work, the courage of our people, the beauty of this life, and learn about our work. We look forward to the year ahead, as we continue to protect our water , begin work organizing around the 2020 election, and creating the political, economic and social impetus for an Indigenous Green New Deal.
We are very grateful for your support, and hope you join us in the year ahead.
Miigwech, Winona LaDuke
2017 Honor the Earth Annual Report