This event was an educational 101-style presentation that focused on solar power, vermicomposting, and Ojibwe values and perspectives as it relates to the environment and sustainability. Speakers included John Ruvelson from RREAL Solar, Bret Pence from Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, Ellen Sandbeck with LaVerme’s Worms, and Wayne Dupuis from Fond du Lac Reservation’s Environmental Program.
This event opened community members, Gimaajii residents, and AICHO staff members eyes and minds about solar power technology and the benefits of having a social justice and equitable approach to climate change, composting with worms, and how/what we can do to lessen our carbon footprint now and for the 7th generation. We learned about the science behind solar power, and how we can use worm juice from the compost to fertilize our gardens and how to get rid of food and other unwanted waste in an ecological way, and also about the Fond du Lac Reservation’s renewable energy projects and how they are tied into American Indian culture and traditional ways.
Co-Sponsor was Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. Climate and Cultural Resiliency Grant and AICHO.
Photos provided by Ivy Vainio.