Restoring human cultures to the web of life – National Geographic News Watch

David Braun, National Geographic News Watch interviews Luisa Maffi at the  International Congress of Ethnobotany in Tofino.

Below is an excerpt from the article:

Is biocultural diversity an insurance policy for humans in times of great change?

Absolutely. Climate change is the next threat that is coming upon indigenous and local communities around the world. Years ago, maybe even ten years ago, Arctic peoples were trying to tell scientists, “things are changing here, you need to look into this. The ways we used to hunt are changing because the animals’ behavior is changing, and the ice is changing.” Interestingly enough, it took at least a decade for the scientists to begin to really listen. (Indigenous knowledge vital to understanding climate change and Using indigenous knowledge for studying climate change.)

There are so many other things that we can learn from indigenous peoples because of the intimate and direct connection that they have had with the local environment for hundreds or thousands of years. We have forgotten about those links and we need to remember.

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