Climate Change Impacts on Native and Indigenous Communities: The Incorporation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge into Mainstream Policies

Colleen Slebzak

Indigenous and Native individuals have a specific and vital “traditional knowledge” that may hold solutions for adaptations to climate change for the human race. By incorporating traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) with scientific applications, environmental policies are beginning to personifying sustainability.
Native and indigenous individuals face extreme challenges (around the world), due to climate change: socially, economically, culturally, and environmentally. TEK and indigenous peoples’ observations can contribute greatly to adaptation strategies on an international level; with mainstream policies geared toward sustainability of the environment and preserving Native and indigenous identities and cultures in the process.

Abstract
Indigenous and Native individuals have a specific and vital “traditional knowledge” that may hold solutions for adaptations to climate change for the human race. By incorporating “traditional ecological knowledge” with scientific applications, environmental policies are beginning to personifying sustainability.# Traditional ecological knowledge and indigenous and Native individuals can provide valuable insights into climate sciences (methodologies…

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