A massive terraforming exercise

European colonialism—the act of exploiting land and resources on which others are already dependent—didn’t only devastate the local communities living on the lands settler-colonizers stole. Colonialism also devastated ecosystems.  

“It was not only an economic exercise,” said Tero Mustonen, a lead author of the working group two report who’s the chairperson for Snowchange, a Finnish organization that works closely with Arctic Indigenous peoples. “It was also a massive terraforming exercise.” 

- from Yes, Colonialism Caused Climate Change, IPCC Reports via Atmos

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