Indigenous Communities Lack Access to Growing Green Economy

Indigenous Communities Lack Access to Growing Green Economy

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As the nation moves past President Biden’s first 100 days, hopes are that the green energy future can begin to take shape more tangibly.  Yet despite the green jobs promises of the American Jobs Plan, some communities still feel cut off from the new green economy. For Indigenous communities, a […]

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New Study Shows Humans Have Shaped Nature for 12,000 Years

New Study Shows Humans Have Shaped Nature for 12,000 Years

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As far back as 12,000 years ago, humans were living on and interacting with three-quarters of the earth’s land, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Using the most up-to-date mapping of global land use, the researchers found that by 10,000 BCE, […]

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Mending the Arctic Council After Trump Administration’s Climate Denial click button

Mending the Arctic Council After Trump Administration’s Climate Denial

The Trump Administration wreaked havoc on the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum that brings together eight nations and six Arctic Indigenous organizations to discuss issues impacting the melting top of the globe.

Why this Matters: With the Arctic warming twice as fast as the rest of the globe, it’s especially imperative to have international collaboration on how to navigate the changing realities.

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A Canadian Model for Sustainable Land Management

A Canadian Model for Sustainable Land Management

by Ashira Morris From fishery management to forest protection, the environmentalist vs. industry frame is often a roadblock to sustainable practices. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In Canada, environmentalists, logging companies, and First Nations people came together to create a management plan for the Great Bear Rainforest. This stretch of the British […]

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Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day

Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, an important reminder that we cannot hope to preserve nature and fight climate change without the inclusion of native people. Their communities disproportionately suffer the effects of a warming planet despite contributing little to climate change. Moreover, Indigenous people’s close ties to nature mean that their food systems and cultural […]

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11 Alaska Tribes Petition Forest Service to Increase Tribal Consultation

11 Alaska Tribes Petition Forest Service to Increase Tribal Consultation

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer In response to the Trump administration’s move to open the Tongass National Forest to logging, 11 Southeast Alaska Native tribes have petitioned the USDA to implement a new rule that would require the Forest Service to consult with them on land use decisions.  The rule would force the Forest […]

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