Robby Romero To Perform April 22 (Earth Day) At Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit

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Washington, D.C. (ICC) 4-09
Special to News From Indian Country

World-renowned musician and United Nations Ambassador of Youth for the Environment Robby Romero will perform at a private event on April 22 (Earth Day) at the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change in Anchorage, Alaska.

His performance – the first global Indigenous Earth Day event -- will begin at 8:30 p.m. at the Dena’ina Convention Center. Romero’s appearance will kick off his 2009 “Native Rock Concert Series.

“Indigenous peoples live at the point of impact on lands that are among this planet’s most ecologically fragile; and they are among the first to experience the catastrophic effects of climate change brought about by human disregard for the environment,” said Romero.

“Indigenous peoples are the original caretakers of the earth and have an understanding of natural law and the results of life out of balance when natural law is not taken into consideration,” said Romero. “It will take traditional Indigenous wisdom and modern technology working together to lead us on a path of healing; in other words, the rest of the world must take into account what Native peoples are saying before it’s too late,” said Romero.

“The wisdom Indigenous peoples offer is crucial to the survival of all life,” said Romero.


Romero’s Anchorage appearance is sponsored by Native Children’s Survival, a non-profit organization that he founded in 1989. Romero’s wife Stacey Thunder is the foundation’s executive director and owner with Romero of their entertainment company Eagle Thunder Entertainment. Thunder’s popular PBS television series “Native Report,” which she hosts, began its fourth season on March 19 and is being aired throughout Alaska on 360 North Television (check local listings). She will accompany Romero to Anchorage for the Summit.

Hosted by the Inuit Circumpolar Council -- an international organization representing 155,000 Inuit of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia --, the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change is taking place April 20-24 ( The purpose of the Summit is to enable Indigenous peoples from all regions of the globe to exchange their knowledge and experience in adapting to the impacts of climate change, and to develop key messages and recommendations to be articulated to the world at the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark in December 2009.

A number of international dignitaries are expected to attend the Summit, including Bolivian President Evo Morales, President of the UN General Assembly Miguel d'Escoto; Danish Parliament Member Juliane Henningsen; and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and Founder and Executive Director of Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education).

“We’re bringing a message to the world in celebration of the human rights instrument, the "Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,” because music does make a difference,” says Tonya Gonnella Frichner, North American Regional Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum On Indigenous Issues.