Dear Pope Francis – Please Help Us Protect the World’s Sacred Places

“We want peace, we want dignity, we want life, but we also want future generations to have life to take care of.”

There is real fear in people across the planet that their children and their children’s children will not have much of a planet to inherit. This is not a fear based in an apocalyptic eschatology or rooted in a theology of end times. It is a fear based on bar graphs that track increased levels of CO2 that lead to higher global temperatures that are becoming less and less palatable to living and life.

As program director of Original Caretakers, Mindahi has traveled throughout the Americas working with Indigenous leaders and wisdom keepers to protect and restore Sacred Sites. These sites – whether mountains, valleys, lakes, or steams – play a vital spiritual and environmental role that need to be protected. He took his message to the Vatican which you can see below

Mindahi has also been working with UNESCO to get formal status for Sacred Sites around the globe. If this status is granted it would bring new measures and rules to help Indigenous People’s protect Sacred Spaces from being developed or lost to mining or agriculture. We hope Pope Francis listens to our appeal and joins in the fight to protect Sacred Places around the globe.

Special thanks again to Ashley Young for filming and editing the video! You can see more of her work at and on her YouTube channel