The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Ta’kahi (Greetings) President Bush:
On behalf of the Taíno People and Nation represented by the United Confederation of Taíno People (UCTP), it is our hope that this communication finds you in good health and Spirit. I am writing not only to introduce you to the work of the UCTP but to respectfully voice our concern on an issue that affects all our relations.
As the UCTP is an international indigenous Tribal Authority, which is represented throughout the Caribbean Island region as well as in the United States, it is our responsibility to voice the concerns of our Nation in the spirit of our ancestors. Recognizing our responsibility to our People and our Mother Earth, we would like you to know that our people are gravely concerned about global warming. As an ancient indigenous people, the Taíno Nation has a special relationship with our lands and territories.
Our Elders are witness to the earth changes and they are in agreement with the world scientific community that the climate crisis is accelerating. Hurricanes are getting worse, the waters are warming and rising; this is affecting the livelihoods of many of our community members.
With this in mind, we strongly urge the U.S. Government to join the rest of the world in ratifying the Kyoto Protocol as a first step toward a commitment to change. The Federal Government must then mobilize to achieve the 70% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which credible scientists agree is necessary to stabilize the climate. Further, the Government must withdraw its annual $25 billion in subsidies for fossil fuels and create equivalent subsidies for renewable, safe, non-nuclear energy alternatives; it must dramatically strengthen energy conservation and fuel efficiency standards and actively defend the world’s forests. The Government must also provide for a just transition for those most affected by these changes. Achieving these goals will have the added benefit of reducing US dependence on foreign oil and natural gas.
We urge you, as the President of the United States, to take a leading role in changing energy policy and achieving these urgent objectives for the good of our country, the planet, and our future generations.
Bo'matum, Oma’bahari (With respect, thank you),
Roberto Múkaro Borrero (Borikén Taíno),
President and Chairman
CC: U.S. Senators & Representatives;
UCTP Representatives, Affiliates and Tribal Membership;
United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues