Communities for Future
Online Summit
Our Response to the Climate Emergency

February 1-10, 2020

Pat McCabe

Activist, Artist, Writer, Ceremonial Leader, International Speaker
Pat McCabe

Pat wholeheartedly invites us to find our identity and purpose outside of the modern western systems. Her very own activist and community experiences have taught her how fundamental the power of community is. Even more so when there's a need to stand up against legal constructs yet for the Earth and its people - as she says, 'there’s not enough Earth to fulfil all these legal agreements'. Strengthened by her connection to her indigenous roots, she approaches the new paradigm with contagious passion and joy.

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  • Introduction and Prayer
  • The importance of community support when standing up for what matters
  • Looking at the assets of each community
  • Bringing diversity & spirit into politics
  • Paradigm as a choice and joy as a compass
  • Finding our identity outside the modern system
Pat McCabe

Pat McCabe belongs to the Diné (Navajo) people and is an activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honour of being human. 



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  • Danielle

    May I offer my little bit of intuition? I feel that who we are is in the silence. Something beyond words. A song we sing. What do you think?

  • Gerrie Schrik

    “What we’re suffering from is a crisis of relationship”
    Thanks a lot for a very engaging and inspiring talk.

  • Alice Güntert

    After hearing your lecture I went out to walk my dog. On the way it came to my mind that Swzitzerland has a completely different legal principle than American law. In the US many more laws are written to prohibit actions. Swiss law rely on positive principle…what is stated is intended for best use. No doubt inside the US physical resistance is vital for protecting land. For nations that practice positive legality Rights of Nature will bring due respect and change.

  • Arwén Akpolat

    The talk with Pat McCabe was my first part of the summit – and it was the perfect start for me! ☺
    I already now say thank you to all the people who make this years summit possible! Thank you for your time. Thank you for your power. Thank you.

  • Deirdre O’Leary

    Thank you! ??
    Great insights. I absolutely agree that our current institutions were not built with respect for Life as their central truth and that our survival hinges on being able to design structures that do.

    Also great wisdom in the approach to the local landowner family who want to create a family legacy. Thank you for that inspirational way of approaching people who we might usually see as the enemy- not trying to use the adversarial power-over legal system but engaging with compassion and addressing everyone’s needs.

  • To Pat: I’m not sure I understand exactly what you mean when you say “Your Joy Matters”. Although they may not use the same words, many folks have said what seem to be very similar things to me.

    I very much like your comments about joy. My belief is that maintaining joyousness is necessary to have the energy needed to construct a better world. I like the comment: “Joy as sweet spot of comfort”

    ps I spent over 12 years (1985 – 1998) spending a lot of my time supporting Dine’ resisting relocation from the Joint Use Area (So Peabody Coal and others could make a lot of $). Even facilitated the creation of an Indigenous Permaculture teaching group.

  • Colleen Dick

    Thank you. A wonderful, insightful interview.

  • I still get empowered by this key statement: Your joy matters!
    and also have to connect again with the urgency to step into political office!
    Thanks so much for bringing this spirit of the other paradigm is posible to the world!

  • Thank you for your generosity, sharing and insightful questions! So many wonderful insights shared, but ‘your joy matters’ is what I take away and most want to validate in others.

    Thank you

  • Charles Petersen

    Wise words from a beautiful soul. I rejoice in all the unrecognized souls who are living in their joy “outside the paradigm” right beside us in our communities.

  • Jesse Becerra

    Seeing that moment of a morning sunrise from the garden is a Joy for me. Asking how I can be of service today for the highest good, is choosing Life!

  • roberto hinestrosa

    Gracias Pat, you touch me, namaste

  • Yuma Langenbach

    Thank you so much for the reminder: we need to follow our joy and really WANT our lives to step up into our true purpose.

    And shifting your paradigm is key for us to live unbound by human constructs because those do not truly govern the forces of life.

  • Jef Vanbockryck

    Wow, this is a really practical shout-out. I can do a lot with that. I wish this to you all.

  • Mari Sawada

    Thank you so much, Pat, for your powerful appeal to live for life and take my joy as my compass!

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