The knowledge and practices of Indigenous Peoples have developed over long timescales in response to changing, and sometimes extreme, environmental conditions, to maintain both human wellbeing and the ecosystems to which it is deeply connected.
Indigenous knowledge therefore has potential to inspire innovations that can be replicated to contribute towards national and international targets for climate mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable development. Through this project, indigenous communities from 3 continents reflect on their own way of life and their turbulent experiences of environmental, economic and social policies, to present their own visions for just and environmentally sensitive paths forward.
New publication: Environmental Justice and Transformations to Sustainability
Download the open access article here. This article by the Global Environmental Justice Group at The university of East Anglia, featuring members of the INDIS team, asserts an "inescapable need for radical, transformative change that combines sustainability and justice,” in order to address environmental crises and evidences, through examples, the pitfalls of more reformist approaches.
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New study on the rights of nature movement in Uganda by Matthew Hopewell
Download here In mid-2019, the Government of Uganda enshrined the Rights of Nature into the National Environmental Act. This study explored how eco-centric law was able to enter national-level decision-making processes through an analysis of the discourse and strategies employed by a close network of proponent non-governmental organisations. The research finds a network of NGOs mobilised to generate new legislation which serves as a tool to ensure local communities and indigenous peoples' can realise greater recognition and protection of their customary-ecological-governance systems, sacred-natural-sites and traditional food systems. This highlights the role NGOs can play in supporting a transformation towards more socially and ecologically just environmentalism.
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