Indigenous Swedes adopt the Unity Symbol
The photo shown below is one that we received in August and has caused a bit of a news event for us. We decided that a blog was necessary to showcase indigenous activists and activism around the world who support the ideals of International Indigenous Unity. The blog is a good way to extend our message and make the next five years as productive as the years it took to make our flag a reality on a international scale.
|Pierre Åhren, Sara H Lahtinen and America Guerrero A Piren standing for Indigenous Unity on|
Riksbron bridge in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo by Ada Sálomon
Do you know these people are Indigenous Tribal Peoples?
Every Thursday Pierre Åhren comes to the Riksbron bridge in Stockholm to protest using the symbol that represents solidarity, sovereignty and unity with all indigenous peoples around the world. They adopted the symbol in 2013 and Pierre Åhren has carried the symbol on a sign he fashioned on the top of his unity walking staff ever since.
The pursuit for shaping a modern world, constant economic growth and an intense focused capitalist colonial developed society has affected the indigenous peoples around the world, their way of life and cultural sustainability. Deforestation, resource extraction and ocean acidification which are all anthropogenic in origin due to human behavior and activity pose a great risk for life on Earth. Right now the indigenous people around the world are uniting to create social change.
History has unfolded differently on all continents throughout many millenniums. One thing is certain, we are all indigenous to Earth and a push to create clean energy, new innovations while protecting indigenous peoples, places and things is what matters for shaping the 21st century. We may not be able to stop climate change but we can do our best to recognize socioeconomic destruction, understand the issues that can drive us into extinction and how to arrive at a place working together to slow down the progression of climate change as well as enhance and honor the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We must all remember the importance of the gift of fire (innovation) and how this gift can be our demised if not appropriately maintained.
Pierre Åhren says “We continue in our peaceful demonstration focused to protect land, water and living cultural heritage. This time of year, Riksbron bridge is a place where the winds are comfortable on their way out against the Baltic Sea.”
For as long as Pierre Åhren continues he will receive the moral support and attention he deserves from Globcal International and myself as the author and artist who developed the International Indigenous Unity Flag as an honorary ambassador who bears it with the heart of a nation.