There are few communities living in such close proximity to climate change as those of Indigenous groups around the world. And every year, they bring the stories of what this means for them to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Madrid (COP 25) to share with global leaders, scientists, business leaders and other observers what climate change looks like when its effects impact everyday life. For Human Rights Day, Landscape News spoke with two Indigenous women at this COP about the state of climate change in their communities, in Russia and in Tanzania, and how they’re using their Indigenous knowledge to fight its impacts back.
Daria Egereva, representing the Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North at COP 25, is a Selkup activist from the Tomsk region of Russia. Here, she discusses traditional knowledge and the role of Indigenous women in her region.
Naijelijeli Tipap, a Maasai from Tanzania and member of the Non-Governmental Indigenous Pastoralist Organizations explains how the know-how of her community brought a dried-up river back to life.