Celebrating Indigenous communities and their ability to protect nature
An emerging body of research suggests that traditional techniques for growing food, controlling wildfires, and conserving endangered species could help arrest the dramatic decline of the natural world, says the UN Environment Programme. This International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, we celebrate the invaluable contributions of indigenous communities who work relentlessly to protect our planet.
Archana Soreng, a climate activist, belongs to the Khadia tribe in Odisha, India. Indigenous communities like hers make up only 5 percent of the world’s population. But they protect more than 20 percent of our planet’s land and 80 percent of its biodiversity. Young indigenous people “should be the leaders of climate actions, not victims of climate policies,” says Archana.
“As indigenous peoples, we say, we are not different than the rest of the species, we are only one species of nature,” SDG Advocate and Indigenous Rights Activist Hindou Ibrahim talks about the importance of living in harmony with nature. “That's why living in harmony - it's respecting each other and trying to keep the balance without harming the rest of the species.”
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It’s our planet, and while we know it is in crisis, we also know that solutions are in reach. Progress is already well underway, from more green energy to more secure food supplies. And the benefits are clear as well, such as green jobs, clean air and sounder economies. A more sustainable, prosperous world is in reach. Join us in taking action to claim it, starting now.