While climate change is already affecting people all over the world, indigenous peoples are disproportionately vulnerable to its impacts. It is not only biodiversity and the environment that are being devastated, but cultural identity and the traditional knowledge that has historically informed stewardship and protection are also at risk of being lost.
To coincide with the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly and Climate Week 2020, Devex and CommonSensing are co-hosted an event on how to build community resilience through climate justice. Through the lens of climate justice — which links human rights and development to achieve a human-centered approach by safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable — this conversation explored how community-led approaches can better support resilience building in vulnerable communities.
Together with a panel of experts, we discussed how to include the protection of biocultural diversity in climate action plans, and how climate justice can serve as an important vehicle to help safeguard the environment “for all,” including those at the last mile.