The theme of Earth Day 2013 – April 22 – is The Face of Climate Change. Organizers ask,” Have you been affected by climate change?” “What are you doing about it?”
For Native American Rights Fund (NARF) and our Native clients, these questions are a daily reality. Climate change impacts Indigenous peoples – NARF’s clients – more broadly and more deeply than other populations. Traditional hunting, fishing and gathering areas lose their sustainability. Some tribal lands flood or erode. Others see their fresh water supplies become tainted or dry up.
Most tribes and Native villages have few resources available to mitigate the effects of climate change. The Native American Rights Fund is committed to fighting on their behalf. NARF is working to secure clean water for tribes in the Midwest and to protect fisheries in the Northwest and Alaska. We also represent North American tribes in climate change negotiations at the United Nations. To learn more about our work, please click here.
Earth Day is fast approaching. How have you been affected? What are you doing about it? Please get involved! Share your story on the official Earth Day website.