Sunday, 24 October 2010

Global changes -- indigenous peoples tell their stories

Poodwaddle earth clock: click on graphic for full screen
Indigenous elders tell stories of climate change. United Nations University's Traditional Knowledge Initiative has interviewed natives in Australia, Malawi, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Iran, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan, Kirghyzstan, Ethiopia, Japan, Panama, Bolivia, Madagascar, Kalimantan, the Russian Altai and the Canadian Arctic. Here are two examples:

Tajik women

Kyrgyz pastoralists

See the previous post, and other videos at UNU Our World 2.0; and UN Foundation videos including Catastrophic Climate Change (7 min 2007) if UNFCCC negotiations fail. The sites Conversations with the Earth, Project Word, SIDS Many Strong Voices, and Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPCCA) also have eyewitness stories. Report by the Sami indigenes of Norway.

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