Impacts of climate change and how native people are responding

Dr. Zoltan Grossman is a geographer and member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., who teaches geography and Native American and world indigenous peoples studies. He talked about the impacts of climate change on indigenous cultures and how to engage with non-native cultures who are experiencing climate change too.

As the urban world is beginning to experience drought, winds brought on by shifting wind patterns and storms cutting off cities – non-native cultures are more open to discussing these issues with the holders of traditional knowledge.

Grossman said when they are in discussions about the future, they note that we as a society don’t have time for the western science model of researching something for five years and coming to a conclusion. “What traditional knowledge does is give you early warning of what is going on. Real time knowledge only comes from traditional people who are out there every day,” said Zoltan.

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