Collaborative Science With Indigenous Knowledge For Climate Solutions

Updated: Jul 23

April 2017 | Cultural Survival News & Articles



On April 13-15, 2017, Rising Voices 5 brought together Indigenous and western sciences in addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation. Over 140 participants from around the globe convened for dialogue and strategies for action.


Indigenous Peoples’ relationships with the natural environment are very much rooted in sacred connections to land, water, plants, and animals. Tui Shortland from New Zealand said,


“Our knowledge is based on not only on our own genealogical link to the environment, but also the environment as its own spiritual entity, with its own rights, and that needs to be respected. We look at a forest as a whole, as a whole living entity, in a holistic way.“