Live Earth, a 24-hour, 7-continent concert series held on July 7, 2007, brought together more than 100 music artists and 2 billion people to trigger a global movement to solve the climate crisis. Live Earth reached this worldwide audience through an unprecedented global media architecture covering all media platforms—TV, radio, Internet, and wireless channels.
For more than half a century, American Indian elders have called attention to humankind’s impacts upon our Mother Earth. Elders of many cultures subscribe to the concept that we must take into consideration the effects of our actions today on future generations. Climate change presents an important challenge to the global community to incorporate into its practices and policies the wisdom and knowledge of the interrelatedness of elements and life on Earth that are inherent in many American Indian cultures, as well as the prevailing evidence offered by science. It is time to regain that integrated understanding of the world that for millennia has characterized many Native traditions.
Preserving the health of Mother Earth is the gravest responsibility of our generation. Taking up this challenge begins with a call to consciousness.
As an institution of living cultures, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is committed to elevating human understanding about global climate change, through education, cultural performances, and civic engagement programs. Addressing the question of how to live sustainably on the Earth is about science, culture, and worldview. Because of that interrelationship, and because there is no more important matter before humankind today, we were honored to bring to the museum musical and cultural talent, and speakers from the scientific and American Indian cultural communities, in the spirit of the Live Earth message.