Facing Human Wrongs:

Navigating paradoxes and complexities
of social and global change.

Facing Human Wrongs: Reciprocity Commitments

Carbon Debt Reparations

It is estimated that 50% of green-house emissions are produced by the top 10% wealthiest people in the world (you are in that bracket if your parents have had access to discretionary income or if you make more than USD$35K a year).

In recognizing how people in the global north are complicit in environmental harm inflicted upon Indigenous peoples in the global south, our collective has a carbon debt reparations commitment that redistributes funds to our Indigenous collaborators in Brazil.

Our work is shared under a creative-commons (copy-left) license as a statement against the commodification of knowledge and education. If you have found our work useful or if you have taken part in a facilitated course, we ask for reciprocity commitments to be made to one of two Indigenous-led initiatives, if you can:

  • The University of the Forest led by the Federation of the Huni Kui People in the Amazon, and
  • The “Sabores and Saberes” food sovereignty initiative led by the Tremembé Indigenous people in the northeast of Brazil.

We suggest a contribution of CAD$500 if you are taking the FHW course, but we invite you to think about this reciprocity commitment taking account of your personal circumstances, according to the propositions below.

Consider contributing MORE if you:

  • have the ability to comfortably meet all of your basic needs
  • belong to a sponsoring organization or are employed full-time
  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
  • travel recreationally
  • have access to family money and resources in times of needs
  • work part-time by choice
  • own the home you live in
  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.)

Consider contributing LESS if you.

  • have difficulty covering basic expenses
  • are supporting children or have other dependents
  • have significant debt
  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • are an elder with limited financial support (this list was adapted from the ‘Green Bottle’ sliding scale model by Alexis J. Cunningfolk)

We are currently working to enable Paypal donations through this website. For the time being please make your reciprocity contributions here.

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