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More Than 50 Tribes Convene on Global Warming Impacts

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  • Pat Neuman
    More Than 50 Tribes Convene on Global Warming Impacts The seal of the Cocopah Indian Tribe by Staff Writers Washington DC (SPX) Dec 06, 2006 Near the Lower
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 5, 2006
      More Than 50 Tribes Convene on Global Warming Impacts

      The seal of the Cocopah Indian Tribe
      by Staff Writers
      Washington DC (SPX) Dec 06, 2006
      Near the Lower Colorado River, home to the Cocopah people for many
      centuries, an unprecedented gathering is underway. The Cocopah Indian
      Tribe and National Wildlife Federation have partnered to co-host the
      first-ever Tribal Lands Climate Conference-bringing together leaders
      from more than 50 tribes to address the growing global warming crisis.
      "The Tribal Lands Climate Conference is an opportunity to unite tribal
      leaders from across the country with key decision makers in an open
      forum to discuss actions proactively addressing climate change," said
      Liz Pratt, Public Relations representative for the Cocopah Indian Tribe.

      "The issues and challenges caused by climate change being discussed
      during the Conference currently affect, and will continue to affect,
      all tribes on a global scale. This forum brings tribes together to
      address the issues and challenges, in efforts to one day find solutions."

      "Native Americans can provide key inspiration regarding global warming
      and its impact on our world, unite broad stakeholder support, and
      demonstrate actions that alleviate global warming impacts," said
      Garrit Voggesser, manager of the National Wildlife Federation's Tribal
      Lands Conservation Program.

      Native Americans are critical eyewitnesses to global warming. Among
      the first to experience the devastating impacts of a changing climate,
      Indigenous people are uniquely able to compare what's happening today
      with experiences spanning generations of understanding natural cycles
      and resources.

      The National Wildlife Federation is reaching out to those best able to
      tell the stories and first-hand, on-the-ground accounts about the
      impacts to fish, wildlife and natural resources fueled by manmade
      carbon emissions and global warming. The conference gathers
      representatives from more than 50 tribes throughout the Southwest,
      Northwest, Midwest, and Alaska - and political leaders, climate
      scientists, and NGOs - to exchange strategies and solutions to address
      global warming.

      Global warming is a matter of environmental justice. As such, the
      Tribal Lands Climate Conference is engaging and empowering tribal
      advocates on global warming - connecting them with key
      decision-makers. With thousands of years of traditional knowledge and
      connections to the environment, Native Americans can play a
      significant role in shaping how America addresses and generates active
      responses to combat global warming.

      The National Wildlife Federation is America's conservation
      organization inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our
      children's future.

      Related Links
      National Wildlife Federation

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