Helping The Environment Can Start With Just Sewing Your Socks
The Western Front
April 15, 2017
Do you want to learn to combat consumerism and promote a more sustainable society?
“Learn how to frickin’ sew your goddamn socks,” Eriel Deranger said.
Deranger is one of five environmental activists hosted by the Environmental and Sustainability Programs to discuss the impacts of social issues and consumerism on efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of humankind.
Deranger and her cousin and fellow panelist, Gitz Crazyboy, said they grew up in the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Alberta, Canada. Deranger said their reservation sits in the middle of the tar sands.
The tar sands are home to large deposits of crude oil, creating a strong oil industry in the region, Crazyboy said.
Deranger said she watched their reservation, which is publicly opposed to unsustainable energy, become overly dependent on the oil and gas industries.
“The reality is every single person in the probably the entire province of Alberta is connected to the oil and gas industry,” Deranger said.
Despite their reservation’s strong ties to the crude oil industry, Deranger and Crazyboy grew up in poverty. They said were forced to reuse everything, wore hand-me-down clothes and even sewed the holes in their socks closed.