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Latin America's Indigenous Peoples Grapple with Climate Change
Climate change and indigenous rights are converging in the media more frequently these days, as the globally observed effects of climate change are considered among small, indigenous societies.
Two recent articles, the New York Times’ An Amazon Culture Withers as Food Dries Up and the BBC's Bolivia's Indians feel the heat, discuss the impacts of climate change on traditional lifeways among the Kamayurá of Brazil and the Aymara of Bolivia. Changing weather patterns, coupled with a newly warmer and dryer climate, have interfered with traditional food-growing and gathering methods and water supplies, and have raised alarm among the Kamayurá and Aymara about their futures.
The articles contextualize these experiences within the broader trend of indigenous peoples’ vulnerability to climate change and their consequent search for support in adapting to it.
Posted By Marina France at 1:52pm on August 05, 2009
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