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On the picture above, pilot Liv Sansoz soars above the disappearing glacier « Mer de Glace ».
We find ourselves in the mountains, admiring in great degree, all the elements and the diversity of nature. We could consider it the “great burden of the earth,” as if nature was showing its force by lifting sush heavy weight, which itself is pushing down with such determination. From there gushes plentiful water sufficient enough to water the entire planet. ”
Letter from Conrad Gesner to Jacques Vogel, “On mountain contemplation”, 1541
Geographer and mountaineer, in 1985 Eric Julien lived an unexpected and life-changing experience. As he was trying to reach the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta(Colombia) the highest coastal-mountain in the world, he was saved from a pulmonary edema by the Kogi Indians. Since that day, as a way to thank them, he has been helping them buy back their ancestral land, to enable them to continue to live as indians on Indian territory. Simultaneously, Eric Julien has been helping executives and business leaders teaching them radically new management values inspired by the Kogi culture: cooperation, collective intelligence, respect and integration of life principles, rebuilding human-nature relationship, non-violent conflict resolution and relationship to time, materials and space … The Kogi Indians, regarded by other Amerindian themselves as highly spiritual people, are the first to witness – and also amongst the first to suffer from – the great upheavals of nature, whose fall of biodiversity and climate change are the most palpable signs. For them, the Sierra, which contains nearly every climate of the earth in just a few hundred square kilometers, is like a local representation of the World. Imbalances seen at a local level today will occur on a global scale tomorrow. This population of mountaineers has been warning us for decades on the urgency to change our behavior and give greater meaning to our actions. In the ‘Summit(s) for the Climate’ project, Eric Julien establishes the connection between these precious Kogi Indians’ testimonies and the urgency with which we need to [re]appropriate the values they share with us, for the sake of their survival, as well as our own!