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National Climate Assessment Focuses partially on Indigenous Peoples and the challenges they face.

Video: National Climate Assessment Focuses on Natives Bearing the Brunt


As the effects of climate change become more and more pronounced and better understood, the concerns of Indigenous Peoples are coming more and more to the fore. Conventional science is beginning to understand not only that they suffer inordinately from the phenomenon, but also that their traditional knowledge could hold some keys for adaptation, if not mitigation.

The National Climate Assessment released in May highlighted the effects on Indigenous Peoples, including those from the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean. In concert with that the authors made videos illustrating the various chapters that lays out some of these challenges and how they are interconnected. Below, an interview with T.M. Bull Bennett, a convening lead author on the National Climate Assessment’s Indigenous Peoples chapter.

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“We’re starting to see a change in how we interpret the environment around us,” Bennett says below. Indigenous populations, he adds, are "on the short end of the stick."

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Every time I read one of these articles my stomach hurts. We're all on the short end of the stick--indigenous peoples probably more so because of less exposure to the changes as they're occurring. I worked with a group of scientists in the '70's who were studying the effects of greenhouse gases on our Great Mother and our population, but all I've heard being conveyed to all of us, until just recently, has been denial. I feel much anger, but I have to be careful what I post. Blessings to the Ojibwe (and other) Elders who followed the messages they received to collect the seeds before they became genetically modified. With much gratitude to Great Spirit for taking care of us so well.