Climate Changed World

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28 October 2013

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Stories from a Climate Changed World

Sharing indigenous perspectives

A series of short videos produced by the  United Nations University, about the effects on climate change on indigenous communities in a variety of geographic regions.

The UNU generates and shares knowledge on issues relevant to the promotion of human security and development, particularly in the developing countries.

These videos were produced in collaboration with indigenous communities in Central Asia and the Pacific and the UNU-IAS Traditional Knowledge Initiative.

This work forms part of the on-going Indigenous Peoples Climate-Change Assessment with financial support from The Christensen Fund and also with support from the UNU-VIE PALM Project.

These stories are also showcased in the UNU's web magazine called Our World 2.0 that looks at the interconnected issues of climate change, peak oil, food security and biodiversity.

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  • 6m 27s

    Sea Level Rise in Kowanyama

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    Inherkowinginambana, from Kowanyama - a coastal Aboriginal community in tropical Queensland, Australia - works with other local elders to protect Aboriginal country and culture.

    “When that whole ocean comes and rises up, where are we going to go?” ponders Inherkowinginambana. “Every year it (the tide) comes in, it goes a bit further up once it hits the swamps, that will kill all the plant life, and the waterways.” As a traditional knowledge coordinator, Inherkowinginambana travels with the local rangers and various traditional owners to visit different cultural sites that are being rapidly changed by saltwater rise.

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  • 6m 36s

    Climate Change Refugees

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    The effects of climate change on indigenous communities living on a sandy island in Papua New Guinea.

    Nicholas Hakata, a local youth leader, explains that with sea level rise, he and his family have been surviving on fish and coconuts, and battling malaria-infected swamp mosquitoes. With doos aid ships coming twice a year, the relocation plans are slow. Hungry and frustrated, Islanders have set up their own relocation team and have begun the urgent tasks of moving their families closer to security.

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  • 10m 7s

    Pamiri Women and the Melting Glaciers

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    Three generations of of Pamiri women share the impacts of the melt and decreasing water levels.

    The glaciers of the Pamir mountains (Tajikistan), which provide over 50% of Central Asia's water resources, are rapidly melting at a rate similar to Greenland's continental glacier.

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  • 5m 31s

    Fighting Carbon with Fire

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    Arnhem Land - Aboriginal fire ecologist, Dean Yibarbuk, explains how traditional fire management practices have kept the country healthy for thousands of years.

    Recently, his team have been working with local scientists to adapt the regime of traditional fire management to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

    The fire abatement scheme of Australia's Western Arnhemland is a carbon offset community programme, gaining a lot of international attention.

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  • 9m 5s

    The Forbidden Forest of the Dayak

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    Deep in the remaining old growth forests of Borneo, the Setulang Dayak village guards its forest with deep commitment.

    To date, the village's traditional law of Tana Olen (forbidden forest), withstands increasing pressure from encroaching logging industries. Now as rapid development rolls in, the village is trying to secure sustainable and forest-friendly future, including a eco-tourism venture and carbon credits.

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  • 8m

    Land Has Breath: Human Nature Relations

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    Slava Cheltuey  (Altai, Russia) is a Telengit community leader and shaman from the Russian Altai Mountain's high altitude Kosh Agach district.

    Whilst traversing Altai's sacred lands, he reflects on our 21st century world and stresses the importance of reviving vital traditional knowledge - age-old wisdom that instruct the respectful and harmonious relationship between local environment and human behaviour.

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