Native tribes’ close relationship with and dependency on the natural environment has placed them on the frontlines of a crisis they are not responsible for. Though Indigenous communities contribute relatively small amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, climate change poses a significant threat to Indigenous survival and way of life. However, we are growing to understand the immense value that Indigenous knowledge has in guiding natural resource conservation, regeneration, and land stewardship.

Indigenous communities are transitioning to clean energy, curbing their emissions, and creating comprehensive climate adaptation plans. Indigenous knowledge and resistance to government and corporate incursions on their land is a critical approach to environmental justice.

On Thursday, November 18 at 3pm EST, four Indigenous leaders will provide insight into how to best support Indigenous climate advocacy and what policymakers and advocates can learn from tribal communities who are leading the way.