05/21/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Indigenous Groups Hold Climate Summit in Alaska

Alaskan Inuits, Australian aborigines and Pygmies from Cameroon have a message for a warming world: native traditions can be a potent weapon against climate change. At a summit starting Monday in Anchorage, Alaska, some 400 indigenous people from 80 nations are gathering to hone this message in the hope that it can be a key part of international climate negotiations. For instance, Cochran said, Inuit people in Alaska are reverting to traditional dogsleds instead of modern snow machines as the icy region warms. 1

About 400 people from 80 nations were expected to attend the Indigenous Peoples' Global Summit on Climate Change, where organizers will create a plan and demand that countries around the world include indigenous people as they respond to climate change. Indigenous people who "have contributed the least to the global problem of climate change" are often "on the front lines" of the problem, said Cochran, whose group was hosting the summit. Conference recommendations will be presented in December to the Conference of Parties at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen. 2
  1. Aborigine, Inuit Tradition Can Fight Climate Change (Reuters)
  2. Indigenous Groups Hold Climate Summit in Alaska (Yahoo Environment)