Climate Justice

Climate change affects all of us. But it can impact people of color, low income areas, tribal nations, and disadvantaged communities significant ways.

Tribal Nations

Climate change is affecting the sustainability of plants and animals that have provided subsistence, cultural, and spiritual values to Native American communities for generations. Cultural practices, like wild rice harvesting, are threatened due to climate change. Many tribes live in designated areas called a “reservations.” If the species tribes rely can no longer live there because of climate change, tribes cannot move their reservations boundaries. Indigenous or “traditional ecological knowledge” can provide evidence of climate change and place-based  strategies of how to adapt.

Climate Vulnerability Assessment… A Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) report on climate impacts on the sustainability of beings (species) of cultural importance to the Lake Superior Ojibwe people

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A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu… A GLIFWC publication providing guidance on climate adaptation planning that integrates indigenous knowledge based on Ojibwe and Menominee perspectives, values, and language