BWW - Protecting the Sacred: Water, the Environment & Climate Change, a CBS interfaith special, looks at how communities are responding to one of the greatest threats of our time.
This special broadcast will air Sunday, Sept. 24 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist and professor at Texas Tech University, speaks to the negative impact that climate change is having on the planet and how there is a narrow window of opportunity to mitigate further damage.
Last year, 10,000 Native American and non-native demonstrators took a stand against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. The construction of the fossil fuel pipeline near the tribe's land put their only source of drinking water at risk. Some of the protestors called themselves water protectors, and their rallying cry of "mni wiconi," or "water is life," can still be heard in similar movements across the country. In this program, Tara Houska, national campaigns director for Honor the Earth and a member of the Couchiching First Nation in Ontario, reflects on native traditions, their role as environmental stewards and bringing attention to issues related to climate change.