Indigenous peoples

New FAO publication highlights the actions of Indigenous youth in local food systems during times of adversity

13/10/2021 - 

Even though Indigenous Peoples’ practices have little impact on greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, climate change and extreme weather events aggravated by the COVID-19 health crisis have had an enormous impact on their livelihoods, cultures, identities and rights.

The new publication “Indigenous youth as agents of change, Actions of Indigenous youth in local food systems during times of adversity” describes the impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous communities around the world, and the actions of six Indigenous youth groups to protect their communities. The Indigenous youth initiatives presented in the publication demonstrate that youth, and especially Indigenous youth, can play a key role as agents of change and offer innovative solutions to these global challenges.

Indigenous Peoples are the gatekeepers of cultures and knowledge systems on biodiversity that have existed for thousands of yearsWith 214 million Indigenous youth in more than 90 countries, their actions are central to mitigating and adapting to climate change. They have proven that they are a driving force in protecting their environment and biodiversity, and can make key contributions to climate policies.

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