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KU researchers say indigenous knowledge can be the key to combating climate change

Source: 
6 News Lawrence
Author: 
Amina Smith
Date: 
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

"New research coming from the University of Kansas claims that indigenous knowledge is the key to fighting climate change.

Two researchers at KU explored a number of cases where indigenous communities adapted to and managed climate changes in their area. Researchers said with their knowledge, scientists can help apply those practices locally.

'We hear a lot about scientists and western scientists talking about the need for adaptation and resiliency. And what we know is that indigenous populations, especially our tribal populations here in the United States, have a demonstrated record of the ability to be resilient and to be adaptable. Professor Brewer and I wanted to really bring that to the forefront and talk about how we might be able to use that knowledge to benefit our communities here locally,' said Elizabeth Kronk Warner, director of the Tribal Law and Government Center.

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However, tribal leaders are concerned about the commercialization and exploitation of this knowledge. Officials said in order for these methods to be shared, they also need to be protected by tribal laws."

Faculty name: 
Elizabeth Kronk Warner