When it comes to global warming and the North Pole shifting dramatically -- Native or Indigenous people noticed it first through prophecy or observation, and tried to let the world know.
Does this mean we are headed for more problems than just one with planet Earth because science and the government did not listen to Native Americans and Indigenous people? Sadly, it seems that no one knows exactly if it is the actions of people or the Sun that are to blame for the current environmental woes of the Earth.
While many global warming and solar headlines talk about solutions to end the process, Native Americans have been particularly clear that global warming would be a problem for a long time -- and now there's new agitation from the magnetic fields reversal.
In the book, Techqua Ikachi - Hopi Prophecies – Native American Wisdom for Modern Times, they state that "Since 1949, the Hopi have knocked at the door of the United Nations." One of the warnings that the Hopi wanted the United Nations to hear is that things were starting to fall into place for a prophecy that we now call global warming.
In 1992, Hopi leaders finally got their wish to speak to the United Nations about their 1949 prophecies (on what we now call global warming) and stated the following.
"Nature, the First People and the spirit of our ancestors are giving you loud warnings. Today, December 10, 1992, you see increasing floods, more damaging hurricanes, hail storms, climate changes and earthquakes as our prophecies said would come.... Why do animals act like they know about the earth's problems and most humans act like they know nothing? If we humans do not wake up to the warnings, the great purification will come to destroy this world just as the previous worlds were destroyed."Although it took many years for the government, science, and Native Americans to start working together on global warming, they certainly made up for lost time. In a NASA report from 2009, Winona LaDuke, Workshop Co-Chair and Executive Director of Honor the Earth, states the following about the importance of Native Americans and the U.S. Government working together against global warming.
"Climate change impacts Indigenous peoples first and foremost. We will be in a very difficult position as Indigenous peoples if we do not act now to build resilience in our communities. This means shifting the energy paradigm so that we develop efficiency and produce our own clean energy, and it means growing our own traditional varieties of food. It means returning to self-sufficiency by creating energy and food sovereignty that can provide a bright future for the generation yet to come."Things bumped along for awhile with a focus and confirmation that global warming was happening, but perhaps science and the government should have been paying attention to other Indigenous People as well. Namely, the observations made by Native People related to changes in the poles of the earth.
For example, in 2010, the Inuit people that live near the North Pole noticed that the pole was shifting. The Inuit near the North Pole have used cloud formations to "tell a story" for centuries. Now, these Inuit people say that the clouds "change quickly and tell a different story" -- among other observations.
A movie was produced about the observations of the sky near the North Pole called Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change. Despite its name, the movie was about observations made of the sky -- but tying those observations to climate change may have been erroneous.
In other words, is the North Pole shifting because of global warming -- or another scientific reason?
Starting in 2005, scientists started to note that, while the poles of the earth always wobble due to the changes of seasons, they were dramatically shifting like never before.
In 2013, Scientific American attributed these pole shifts to global warming and stated, "Increased melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet and other ice losses worldwide have helped to move the North Pole several centimeters east each year since 2005."
They also stated that [due to global warming], "From 1982 to 2005, the pole drifted southeast toward northern Labrador, Canada, at a rate of about 2 milliarcseconds — or roughly 6 centimetres — per year. But in 2005, the pole changed course and began galloping east toward Greenland at a rate of more than 7 milliarcseconds per year. "
Regardless, there are some that believe that the poles are shifting for a different reason than global warming. In 2014, Voice of America and other publications printed a story that the magnetic fields of the earth were weakening -- and the magnetic poles of the earth may be about to flip.
Could this explain the Inuit observations that the North Pole is shifting -- but it does not have to do with global warming?
NeoNettle explains what it would mean to the casual observer if the magnetic poles of the earth flipped by stating, "Hence compasses that once pointed north, would now point south."
Despite accusations that the magnetic fields of the earth flipping is the real reason for superstorms or global warming, scientists says this is not related. Writing for Discover, Phil Plait states the following.
"So the latest doomsday fear mongering I'm hearing about are global superstorms caused by dangerous shifts in the Earth's magnetic field.... I'll be up front right away: this claim is baloney. Garbage. Nonsense."Live Science also writes that humans on earth should not get excited about the magnetic poles of the earth shifting and use it as a reason to dismiss global warming theories.
While many science writers report with conviction, it appears that there are no immediate science reports proving that what the Inuit are observing about the North Pole shifting is absolutely due to either global warming or the magnetic fields of the earth reversing.
Alternatively, if we look at misunderstandings in the past related to global warming prophecies from the Hopi -- is it possible that there could even be a third reason the North Pole is shifting that science and the government have not realized yet?
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