The effects of climate change have thus far been most felt by the indigenous communities in different parts of the world. And while international organizations and governments fight about if climate change exists and then make decrees about protecting those who are “vulnerable”, Merv Tano points out the problem with such battles and such thinking.
One important solution that is as risk of being lost, is traditional knowledge, the principles that are slowly being diminished and could serve to help indigenous people as they face numerous battles, against the impact of climate change, and against the ideas of what they need to do according to powerful institutions. As Tano points out, the solution should not come from a university or a government, it should come from traditional knowledge and native people themselves who have long understood the land and are now in danger of losing that essential knowledge.
Source: Rutgers University Youtube
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