Resilience in a time of uncertainty: Indigenous peoples and climate change
26 - 27 November 2015, PARIS. An International Conference contributing to COP21 climate conference

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Indigenous peoples on the front lines of climate change

Indigenous, local, and traditional knowledge systems and practices, including indigenous peoples’ holistic view of community and environment, are a major resource for adapting to climate change.

IPCC 5AR

We thank the mountain for once again blanketing itself with snow. Mount Ausangate stores the water we need from June to November, during the planting season. Before, it used to begin raining in October. These days it starts in December. This does not give the potatoes or ocas (Oxalis tuberosa) enough time to ripen. We are building an irrigation canal and are praying that our protector, Ausangate, remains covered with snow.

Maximo Crispín Mandura, Cusco, Peru

…when planting food crops, there was always a patch reserved for emergencies. We still hear the words ‘hurricane food’ which are foods cooked and prepared in a certain way that makes them last longer. These foods were to sustain a family or community after a disaster.

Dawn Tuiloma-Palesoo from Fiji, South Pacific

In the spring we used to hunt walrus and bowhead whale along leads in the ice, but the ice we have now is of a different behavior. It tends to move in one big mass compressed together near the shore. This is ‘warm water ice’: it is not a good solid freeze. This is bad ice.

Merlin Koonooka, Gambell, Alaska, USA

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