Native Solutions to Climate Change, Conservation, and Environmental Justice
Native peoples have always been the best ecological stewards of our lands and waters. Indigenous peoples worldwide protect 80% of the world’s biodiversity, while making up only 5% of the global population.
And while Native people have a voice in global conversations on climate change, conservation, and environmental justice, it is too often challenging for that voice to be heard.
First Nations’ Tribal Lands Conservation Fund is an opportunity to amplify Native voices. It is an opportunity to invest in solutions that lie with the ingenuity of highly resilient peoples who understand the relationship humans have with Earth.
Through the TLC Fund, First Nations supports tribes and Native-led organizations that are developing, leading, and advocating for climate justice and conservation approaches that will protect our lands, waters, and ecosystems for generations and generations to come.
The Time to Act is Now
Since time immemorial, for many Native people there were no words for water pollution or air pollution or deforestation. Native peoples had never seen or caused this kind of damage, and they could not envision disrespecting or damaging Mother Earth who provides for all living creatures.
But now, every day, there is news of the climate crisis and reports of the devastation to our oceans, forests, and deserts. Words have had to evolve for the catastrophes of global warming, the mass extinction of plants and animals, devastating wildfires and floods, and shrinking forests. And now, Native communities are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change thanks to Federal Indian law and policies that have relocated Native communities to places that are most prone to water rise, wildfires, and droughts.
The urgency to find climate solutions cannot be downplayed. First Nations created the TLC Fund because the time to act is now. We need to rethink conservation and implement the “new” old ways of protecting our Earth. We need to return to knowledge that’s Native.