When less than two generations ago scientists began to consider the possibility of a world under a changing climate, Indigenous peoples were already raising the alarm about climate change, because of the changes they were observing on their traditional territories. Today, the rest of the world is slowly waking up to the reality of climate change, yet we remain largely ignorant of what it means for us and our descendants. To really understand the meaning of unfolding changes, we must begin paying closer attention to the experiences of those peoples for whom climate change has long been a reality of their daily lives. We must learn from Indigenous peoples.
We have the knowledge that can contribute to finding solutions to the crisis of climate change. But if you are not prepared to listen, how can we communicate this to you?Marcos Terena, Xané leader, Brazil
ARCHIPELAGO OF HOPE is an account of my journey amongst the world’s Indigenous peoples in search of insights about climate change resilience.