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Climate Action Lab: Forest Conservation and Indigenous Communities

Date: Apr 04, 2024


Location: Virtual

Climate Action Lab: Forest Conservation and Indigenous Communities Register

April 4 @ 9:00 am 10:00 am UTC-8

This CAL session will focus on the efforts of Indigenous peoples to protect their ancestral lands from deforestation, oil and gas extraction, mining, and land grabbing. Indigenous communities often represent the last line of defense against destruction of natural systems that are vital to regulating the global climate, yet they receive a minuscule percentage of philanthropic support related to climate change. We will hear from Patricia (Paty) Gualinga, an inspiring Indigenous rights defender and foreign relations leader of the Kichwa people of Sarayaku, an Indigenous community based in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Recently, following a decade-long fight led by Paty, other Indigenous activists, and environmental leaders, Ecuadorians voted decisively to end oil drilling in the Amazon in their country. The lessons from this story have widespread application to efforts by other Indigenous peoples around the world to protect their lands. Join this CAL session to hear from an inspiring leader and see how climate funding that supports Indigenous communities and forest conservation efforts can create outsized impact.