Since the late 1980’s, Tom has been involved with environmental related issues and programs working within tribal governments in developing indigenous-based environmental protection infrastructures. Tom works with indigenous peoples worldwide and is known as one of the environmental justice movement grassroots leaders in North America addressing toxics and health, mining, energy, climate, water, globalization, sustainable development and indigenous rights issues. From his participation and leadership in the First National People of Color Environmental Justice Leadership Summit in 1991 in Washington D.C.; to the 2010 World Peoples’ Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in Cochabamba, Bolivia; to co-facilitating the Climate Space assembly at the World Social Forum in Tunis, Tunisia in April 2013; he has become an environmental justice leader, both locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
“Indigenous Peoples from the global South and North are coming to Paris to prevent a UN Paris Accord that would only result in being a Crime Against Humanity and Mother Earth. Any solution to climate change requires a system change on how the industrial world relates to the sacredness of Mother Earth.”
Areas of Expertise: indigenous rights, indigenous-led solutions, toxics and health, REDD, false solution, environmental health, mining, energy crisis, climate policy, globalization, sustainable development.