Every region in the world has its own unique agricultural history, and Arizona is no exception. The Indigenous people from this region built complex irrigation systems and grew diverse crops despite the intense heat and low annual rainfall.
Art visits the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and learns that local farmers still utilize their ancestral growing traditions that includes growing vegetables in spiral shaped mounds. When the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community was faced with a serious pollution problem in their streams and ponds, the first step they took was to begin monitoring the contamination levels. The second step was to plant native vegetation in the watershed and let nature help clean up the environment.
Art takes a tour of the wetlands that were planted 10 years ago and discovers a thriving cottonwood forest. Marilyn Wallace is a filmmaker from Australia who teaches Aborigine youth the importance of protecting their ancestral lands. Her film on biodiversity loss, “Climate Change in Wet Tropics”, was screened at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.