How These Indigenous Women Are Combating Climate Change

Climate change is happening — and more drastic effects to the planet's supply of forestry, crops, and water are looming in the near future. This, to some people, means forward-thinking solutions. To others, like indigenous women in South America, it means thinking back.

After watching their crops wither in drought, and drown in frost, UN Women found indigenous farmers of the Laramate district in Peru returning to their roots by incorporating ancestral farming techniques, thanks to funding from UN Women's Fund for Gender Equality.

This means that the women select healthy seeds, rotate the crops to recover soil fertility, and irrigate the land more efficiently — resulting in an enriching impact for the land. With the sudden abundance of potatoes, olluco, corn, vegetables, fruit, and grains, UN Women reports these diverse crops are more resistant to the impending destruction that comes with our changing climate.

"This program shows the resourcefulness and resilience of indigenous women," says Elisa Fernández, Chief of the Fund for Gender Equality.

UN Women mentions this because according to a report conducted by United Nations Forum on Indigenous Peoples, indigenous women are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, including food security. Not to mention, they have been the most neglected the solution-making process until now.

Since they are perhaps the most affected, they can make the most change in strides to help our planet. As Tuesday was International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, read on to learn about more groups around the world aiming to help indigenous women and conservation.

1. Women's Earth & Climate Action Network, International (WECAN)

2. Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)

3. Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)

4. The Association of Women Protectors of the Wetlandsand Watersheds (AMUPPA)

5. Global Welfare Association / Sustain Cameroon (GLOWA)

6. Trinidad and Tobago Network of Rural Women Producers (NRWPTT)

7. Action Works Nepal

8. BMI Trust India

9. Unit for Rural Change (UCAR)

10. Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA)

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