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The tragedy of the loss of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 152 last week was compounded by the fact that among those who perished was a remarkable advocate for conserving the cultural heritage of indigenous communities. PhD student Ghanimat Azhdari, who was born into a nomadic tribe in Iran, was studying at Canada’s University of Guelph, where she was working with Indigenous communities in the boreal forest to map cultural sites.
Though she was only 36, her friends mourned her loss because “she had parlayed her knowledge and passion into an internationally recognized career, fighting to have the voice of Indigenous peoples included in the decisions made about their traditional territories.” They started a tribute page and people from all over the world paid their respects — from Madagascar, Canada, Iran, Ethiopia, the United States, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, Georgia, South Africa, Australia, Kenya, Japan, France, Italy, and Malaysia. We do too. May she rest in peace and serve as an inspiration to everyone who she touched with her important work. To read a moving profile of her written for The Narwhal by her friend Jimmy Thompson, click here.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has resisted committing to the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, one that 130 other nations have already signed on to. For a country plagued by algae bloom-causing bushfires, deforestation, and legions of mice, Morrison’s avoidance of pledging net zero has baffled many and […]
Heat waves are now the United States’ top weather-related cause of death. To combat the impacts of extreme heat and rising temperatures brought on by climate change, Joe Biden launched a government-wide strategy on Monday: six federal agencies will collaborate to protect vulnerable populations, including outdoor workers, children, and the elderly. The Labor Department’s […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The UN General Assembly has kicked into full gear, and President Biden took center stage on Tuesday to pledge that the US will double the amount of money it spends to help poorer nations fight climate change. Still, critics say that the pledge, now totaling $11.4 billion a year […]
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