|A major United Nations (UN) report is the first to cite strong land rights for Indigenous Peoples and local communities as a solution to the climate crisis. This report was compiled by a panel of 100 experts from 52 countries who assessed science related to the climate crisis. It was a long time coming. Burness worked with the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) to promote a statement signed by Indigenous Peoples from 42 countries supporting the landmark report. The resulting media coverage featured more than fifty top-tier media placements that mentioned Indigenous Peoples and local communities’ contributions to the fight against global climate change.
After years of working with RRI and Ford Foundation grantees to promote research on this topic, it was beyond gratifying to see their work acknowledged so prominently. After all, the report was compiled by a panel of 100 experts from 52 countries, people who assess science related to the climate crisis. Read this story in PRI for background on the significance of this news to Indigenous leaders and climate researchers working in this space.