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Drawing on Place and Culture for Climate Change Education in Native Communities

TitleDrawing on Place and Culture for Climate Change Education in Native Communities
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKern, AL, Roehrig, GH, Bhattacharya, D, Wang, JY, Finley, FA, Reynolds, BJ, Nam, Y, Mueller, MP, Tippins, DJ
Book TitleEcoJustice, Citizen Science and Youth Activism, Environmental Discourses in Science Education
ChapterChapter 8
Pagination121-138
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
CitySwitzerland
Abstract

Connection to place is a critical cornerstone of a Native sense of identity, and a necessity for preservation and restoration of land and Tribal sovereignty. The land and environment hold particular signifi cance for Native peoples and communities. Changes in the environment due to a rapidly changing climate have a profound impact on the livelihood of Native people (Davis 2010). Daniel Wildcat (2009) suggests climate change can be thought of as the “fourth removal” for Native communities. For example, effects of climate change are a cause for the movement or elimination of local food sources, such as buffalo and fi sh resulting in the relocation of a local community to search for other sources of food. With this fourth removal, unlike the others where the focus was to “civilize” the American Indian through “geographical, social, and psycho-cultural” (p. 3), the impacts of climate change reach far beyond Native communities, impacting all life on the planet.

DOI10.1007/978-3-319-11608-2_8
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EcoJustice, Citizen Science and Youth Activism, Environmental Discourses in Science Education
12/2015