Diana Mori, leader of an indigenous community based in Peru, has travelled to COP27 to advocate for the inclusion of indigenous voices in climate action. In particular, Mori wants to address the drivers of deforestation in Peru.
“We are being invaded by colonists sowing illicit plants in our communities, as well as illegal woodcutters,” Mori tells Energy Monitor. “We are also vulnerable to the change in use by colonisers that come in search of land: once the land is no longer of use, they leave large deforested portions and that threatens our food safety.
“From the beginning of time, the world has been inhabited by indigenous communities, [and] it is because of our ancestral knowledge we have been resilient up until now,” says Mori. She warns that academia has separated into two parts: indigenous knowledge and scientific knowledge. “It is time that these two parts unite so that we can save the planet.”
Mori, whose attendance at the COP is supported by Peruvian NGO AIDER and nature-based carbon credit company Ecosphere+, believes that indigenous knowledge can be leveraged not just for conservation, “but also in terms of medicine and sustainable use of resources”. Indigenous communities are becoming vital contributors to climate action. For example, in Canada, the Inukjuak community has pioneered remote renewable microgrids. Indigenous communities also hold a large stake in the world’s carbon sinks.
Climate action beyond indigenous communities at COP27:
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