Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kogi Tribe warn: We are destroying the earth

In 1990, British filmmaker Alan Ereira made a film, about the Kogi tribe of Sierra Nevada. Hidden on an isolated triangular pyramid mountain in Colombia, the tribe had reluctantly been drawn into the modern world, to warn about the detrimental effects of mining and deforestation. Twenty years on, they have re-emerged, and made a new film - Aluna, and their message is even more urgent: we are destroying the earth.

Today, the Kogi tribe bring their film to the People's Summit at Rio+20 to urge immediate action from all people.  They were driven to share their messages because they see themselves as custodians of the world and are genuinely afraid of the escalation of what they have observed over the last 20 years.  The Kogi also have a firm belief that it is their duty to persuade us to stop destroying the natural earth.

A shortened version of the film, Aluna will be shown in the Blue Pavillion at the People's Summit at 19.00 this evening with the director Alan Ereira, and three members of the Kogi tribe answering questions.

Photo courtesy of Alan Ereria