Global Spirit: Earth Wisdom for a World In Crisis

About This Episode


With the dramatic increase in global warming and a thinning ozone layer, the United Nations has realized that native peoples may possess some critical keys to the very survival of our species and fragile ecosystems of the planet. Host Phil Cousineau and the Global Spirit crew attend the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City.

Earth Wisdom for a World In Crisis documents the proceedings and interviews a range of renowned indigenous leaders and tribal representatives such as Chief Oren Lyons, Marcos Terena, Jake Swamp, Viktor Kaisiepo and Gloria Ushigua, who are joined by more than 2000 people at a unique gathering of indigenous peoples from around the world.

The program also tells a parallel story of the non-violent resistance at Standing Rock Reservation, at what was determined to be the largest gathering of Native tribes in more than 100 years. It features exclusive original footage of the protests in early December 2016, along with interviews and on-location speeches from Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault, tribal councilwoman Phyllis Young, as well as with other native and non-native veterans and other water protectors.

Global Spirit investigates philosophical and existential issues of the 21st century, tracing the eternal, yet still evolving human quest for meaning, truth and wisdom. Weaving compelling filmed segments with informed, engaging studio conversations, the series offers an intimate, discovery-filled viewing experience.