Patricia Balvanera and Brigitte BaptisteMike ChristieUnai Paascual –
The debate over torched rain forests in the Amazon this year tended to focus on commercial interests, on the one hand, and a purely aesthetic ideal of nature, on the other. But the values that different communities attach to, and derive from, natural systems are much richer than that, and must be considered when making policy decisions.
Yani Saloh –
Indigenous communities, like the Sungai Utik Dayak Iban Longhouse community in Indonesia, are guardians of the land on which they reside. Across the world, there is growing recognition of their work towards protecting the environment and mitigating climate change.
Kaveh Zahedi –
Climate-related disasters are likely to increase in the region. Increasing social protection and investment in technologies to strengthen early warning systems can protect and help the most vulnerable communities adapt to this reality.
By distracting from real imperatives, unfeasible solutions to climate change, such as geoengineering, allow the climate crisis to continue to escalate, disproportionately affecting those who have contributed the least to the problem. The truth is that no technological silver bullet can save us from ourselves.
If countries abandon their unregulated urban messes to go after virgin land to build megacities, the environmental pressures will increase, writes Minority Rights Group International's Joshua Castellino.
Tim Daubach and Zafirah Zein –
Around the world, indigenous people have historically suffered from abuse and rights violations, despite being critical to forest conservation. This tribe in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, just won rights over its land after a 40-year struggle. Are governments waking up to the reality that indigenous groups could lead the battle against climate change?
Worldwide, 100 million families are stuck in a cycle of poverty and disease because of the lack of access to clean water. What would it take to slake humanity's thirst for water in a sustainable way?