In part one of our blog we saw how indigenous people are so important to the world that we live in. They are the guardians of a great proportion of the Earth’s remaining biodiversity and the key to us all understanding how to live in harmony with the environment we exist.
Indigenous people hold the key to climate control, their heritage is all about looking after the land that sustains them, and how to replenish what you take out. But these people have been pushed from pillar to post from settlers that have claimed their land, and now the environment is failing because the new custodian’s do not know how to live in harmony with nature.
How to Correct the Situation
The first step to address the whole situation is by improving land tenure, let the experts be an example how to live on the land and not harm it. Good resource governance is vital to improving the situation along with capacity building for the future. By working together with the indigenous peoples of the world everybody can contribute to achieving of reversal of climate change, and set sustainable goals for development. One large body, The World Bank is actively working with indigenous peoples from around the world to enhance sustainable development. This includes livelihoods and economic growth as well as sharing cultural differences that could aid development and forward thinking. Talking together will help to implement strategies that are effective to tackling numerous problems about climate control. And the World Bank understands the key role of the indigenous peoples sharing their experiences, views and ways to develop the land without harming it.
Indigenous People’s Rights
For thousands of years the rights of indigenous peoples have been trodden on by settlers that have come to live in their lands. Their land has often been forcibly taken away from them and the indigenous people thrown off it to live elsewhere. This massive crime is still going on, where natural resources are needed and indigenous people stand in the way, they are simply forced to give up the land. There are many problems here but the main ecological one is that the new custodians of the land do not know how to live on it. They damage it causing harm to the natural habitat and ultimately create climate change. Over the last two decades there has been improvements, as the world’s people have become aware of the damage they are doing to the planet. The rights of indigenous people have become increasingly recognized, through such major instruments as: United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
These are just two of the many moves forward that are being made to readdress the situation. It does bring forth a question why has it taken so long to recognize indigenous people’s rights? A cynical answer might be that it is the hour of their help, the world finally understands just how important indigenous people are to the future existence of the planet, but that is just a cynic’s point of view!