American Geophysical Union 2017 Fall Meeting
Native Science: How Indigenous Perspectives Inform Environmental Science and Policy
Please mark your calendars for the oral and poster portions of our special session on indigenous knowledges at the AGU 2017 Fall Meeting in New Orleans. Both components take place on Friday, December 15. We have eight talks lined up for the 10:20-12:20 morning period (room 255-257), and 18 posters for the 13:40 - 18:00 afternoon period (Poster Hall D-F). The links above will take you to the conference website, where you can find further details about each presentation. The session is part of AGU's Science & Society SWIRL.
Description: Indigenous communities worldwide experience effects of environmental changes. Many indigenous communities also possess traditional knowledge that can reduce disaster risks, alleviate vulnerability, and promote sustainability. Indigenous perspectives can bring deep insight to study and management of complex environmental systems through holistic approaches to problem solving and ways of knowing. These perspectives inform and enrich western scientific research and discussions of policy in sustainability, human-environment interactions, ecosystems, climate adaptation, geohealth, and more. Although western science recently acknowledges the importance of indigenous knowledge, voices of indigenous peoples are largely absent from scholarly discourse. This session gives voice to indigenous perspectives while focusing on collaborations with indigenous peoples in science and policy. The session emphasizes meaningful collaboration between western scientists and indigenous peoples for community-based decision making, and it includes indigenous scholars’ experiences walking in both worlds. Presentations cover topics including adaptation, community based participation, ethics, mutual understanding, and respect for sacred knowledge.
In the wake of the Gold King Mine spill, the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy, and other environmental challenges facing indigenous peoples worldwide, these presentations help facilitate a timely discussion about the importance of building collaborative partnerships between scientists and indigenous communities.
Karletta Chief (University of Arizona @NativeHydro)
Ryan Emanuel (North Carolina State University @WaterPotential)
Julie Maldonado (Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network)
Heather Lazrus (National Center for Atmospheric Research)
Rajul Pandya (American Geophysical Union)
PS: Native Science Mixer - Join us Thursday, December 14 for an evening mixer (18:30-20:00, location TBD) to network and learn more or share informally about Native Science and Indigenous Knowledges. Karletta and Ryan will discuss an upcoming workshop and other opportunities. Check back later for location and other information.