eNewsChannels COLUMN: What happens at UN’s RIO+2O Earth Summit on June 20-22 could have a major impact on the longevity of snowsports, glaciers, islands and coastal communities, as we are shifting to a milder climate, with snowsports the canaries in the mine of climate changes. Fortunately, the consensus of this year’s UN “Harmony with Nature” World Interactive Dialogue was: Science united with Ancient Wisdom carried on by the tribes, is critical to regenerating Mother Earth.

The perfect example of that was January 2012’s “Snowdance Phenomena,” reported by the Wall Street Journal, AP, front page Washington Post. It could have been catastrophic for U.S. ski areas faced with the “driest winter in 130 years,” but for Native American Elders magnanimously leading mountain communities in snowdances giving gratitude to Mother Earth at Vail, Park City and Lake Tahoe.

Caption: In January Olympians and Tahoe skiers honored their Washoe, Paiute and Shoshone tribes whose snowdance saved their 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics. Delighted, Mother Earth thru the dancers ended January’s drought with 5 ft of snow! Credit: Carolyn O’Connor / Sierra Sun.

The UN Sustainability Division urged us to spread this story to communities worldwide to inspire communities to live in more harmony with Nature. It surprisingly resulted in their sharing their renewable breakthroughs and spiritual snow secrets. Out of this international exchange assisted by SIA President David Ingimie, came these “Elders 15 Green Mandates for RIO+20,” which can most quickly and cost-effectively keep Mother Earth Cool and restore her Natural Capital, the true basis for world economies.

One of the priorities was also identified by the World’s youth groups, who say that reforesting the planet is key to their Climate Justice and “the future they want.” Since trees draw up the aquifers to moisturize valleys and enhance snow, snowmelt and rain for fire protection, the mandates include how you and everyone can help, especially by planting and even more importantly protecting trees.

Approximately 17 billion trees are either cut or burned in wildfires each year, yet only approx five billion are planted, half die, and it takes a decade for a tree to start making a difference. The Elders say there are thousands of acres of virgin forests that are scheduled to be cut for little of no reason in the US and worldwide that communities, especially the youth, could stop. More gratitude snowdances and raindances and teams of Native American fire fighters who are respected for working with the rain and winds, could save billions more trees from fires.

We just received a call for help on the Colorado wildfire from a journalist who covered January’s Vail Snowdance Phenomena. Since the fire was in a region where we didn’t have any contacts to Elders, I asked Cherokee Earth healer, Olivia Ellis, who helped restore snow to many ski areas in January, for a prayer to help end the fires, as well as prayers for the best possible outcome of RIO+20, which are included end of this “Snowdance Phenomena” story with the latest ski area renewables:

­­­­­­­­­­­Since this Earth Summit is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to set mankind on a more sustainable path for humanity, bless your green action and gratitude prayers for all Mother Earth’s gifts despite all our mistakes here at Earth School. But whatever happens in RIO, the US needs to implement these cost-effective solutions since we are in the biggest drought in 130 years and logically could have the biggest fires in 130 years unless we also act quickly, using the Ancient Wisdom through the tribes that have protected communities for eons. Together we are bringing in the dawn of a breathtaking new era guided by these “Elders 15 Green Mandates for RIO+20:”


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Suzy "Chapstick" Chaffee Bio - as first woman on the USOC board in the 70s, she led the successful reform of the Olympic Rules with Legends like Bill Bradley, Muhammad Ali, Jack Kelly, Kip Keino, which leveled the playing fields with the government supported countries through Madison Ave, then led the Title IX March in DC. In 1996 she co-founded the Native American Olympic Team Foundation that has inspired ski areas across the US and Canada to invite tribal youth to share the joy of skiing with over 10,000 youth, which inspires their Elders to lead snowdances that have saved ski areas from droughts for 55 years. At the request of SLOC, she orchestrated a snowdance that restored their snow and also a Native ceremony with Ali, that protected Utah from expected terrorism, and every Olympics since then, including RIO!