November 26, 2018
Indigenous climate debate heats up
The Maori Climate Commissioner says Maori have been kept out of the debate on climate change for too long when they require a leadership role.
Donna Awatere Huata says the final UN Climate Vulnerable Forum Communique from the leaders of nations most vulnerable to climate change points the way in recognising the voices of Indigenous and First Nation Peoples.
She says indigenous cultures have centuries of cultural knowledge about sustainability and living in harmony with the environment that are needed at this time.
The communique called for the climate change are kept to an absolute minimum, as a climate even 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer then pre-industrial levels will disadvantage the most vulnerable, including indigenous groups and especially Pacific Island nations facing the threat of sea level rise.
Ms Awatere-Huata says she wants to call an indigenous virtual summit to be held in Aotearoa next year to connect with other first nation whanau to confront global warming.
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