Indigenous peoples and global warming: read the Summer 2010 Indian Report
The connections between indigenous peoples and their natural environment is part of what gives these groups their identity. This trait also makes them more sensitive to the effects of global warming. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples lists characteristics that distinguish indigenous peoples from other segments of the population, including their “strong link to territories and surrounding natural resources” and their “resolve to maintain and reproduce their ancestral environments and systems as distinctive peoples and communities.” (1) When the natural resources on which indigenous peoples depend are damaged or fundamentally altered, their cultural and spiritual traditions and even their livelihood are threatened.
To read more, check out FCNL’s latest Indian Report. See it here first; this report hasn’t even been printed yet!