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The workshop offers Indigenous perspectives on climate change through food sovereignty as an Indigenous/human right. Questions of food sovereignty in an era of rapid climatic changes and large scale resource extraction projects are paramount to the well-being of Indigenous communities.
The workshop addresses food sovereignty as an Indigenous/human right. Foraging for plants and wild food is an important form of sustenance and cultural identity in Indigenous places and rural areas. Questions of food sovereignty in an era of rapid climatic changes and large scale resource extraction projects are paramount to the well-being of Indigenous communities. Access to healthy food sources and clean water or land is part of this. Polluted water, sea and land - due to large scale non-renewable industrial enterprises elsewhere as well as resource extraction projects on Indigenous lands - directly impact Indigenous Peoples livelihoods across the globe. Indeed, Indigenous Peoples are among the first who directly experience climate change and food insecurities.
The workshop picks up on a number of themes. Firstly, food sovereignty concerns Adaptation and Resilience. Due to climate change, Indigenous Peoples have to adapt to erratic seasonal patterns, evasive animal and plant species, and coastal and in-land erosion. Indigenous Peoples have confronted these challenges with resilience through a variety of initiatives that will be highlighted in the workshop. Secondly, following this, questions of access to healthy food through hunting, fishing, gathering (medicinal) plants and berries are paramount to food sovereignty. Effects on Nature through deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and industrial resource extraction projects are directly impacting Indigenous rights to live healthy lives on their own accord. There is growing consciousness that pollutants within food chains (and not only water and land) increase due to climate change.