A few weeks ago, we paid homage to some of the most inspiring activists, scientists, thinkers, and other change-makers featured on Landscape News in 2019. But naming names and putting faces to them doesn’t do justice to the many communities, organizations, Indigenous peoples and other small-scale groups and initiatives working behind the scenes to build and sustain livelihoods in harmony with nature. This week, we’re featuring 10 such stories showcasing these less-visible agents of change in climate action.
In Africa, bamboo bicycles are shifting gears for women in the workforce
Ghanaian entrepreneur Bernice Dapaah on how to build bicycles out of bamboo, which are proving to be sustainable, equitable sets of wheels.
Tackling logging in Cambodia? There’s an app for that
In the ‘Serengeti of Southeast Asia’, the Prey Lang smartphone app helps Indigenous communities in Cambodia expose and record illegal logging.
“Mother, Mother Nature” / “We are the Future”
A pair of poems from Greenland Inuk poet and activist Aka Niviâna, who writes about the impacts of climate change impact on her native landscape and to preserve the culture of her country’s Indigenous people.
Talking about a revolution for nature’s rights
A new paper suggests that granting rights to nature itself could be a viable way to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises – with a few caveats.
Who is applying rights-of-nature laws?
A look at six countries where rights have been granted to nature, and how these initiatives have fared so far.
Colonization to climate change: NunatuKavut Inuit defend landscape
How an Inuit community in the Arctic north of Canada is overcoming the social and environmental effects of colonialism.
The increasingly dangerous work of environmental journalism
Mongabay Latam senior editor Alexa Vélez details the risky job of reporting from the no-man’s land between Indigenous communities and drug traffickers in Latin America.
Life as a Sherpa in the age of climate change
From watching glaciers warm into lakes to growing summer vegetables for the first time, three Himalayan Sherpas share their stories.
Why Indigenous peoples’ issues must be national issues
An in-depth look at the struggles of Peru’s Amazonian peoples to achieve legal recognition of their rights to their land.
We’re creating a ‘gold standard’ for rights – but why?
Rights expert Alain Frechette on how to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities faced with dispossession, violence and persecution.