Climate change policy needs traditional wisdom
Reuters – 19 March 2008

LONDON, ENGLAND: Northeastern Uganda’s Karamojong people – a semi-nomadic tribe who make their living from cattle herding – look at the stars to work out the flux of the wet and dry seasons. And when warm weather comes early, they know that if it isn’t followed by heavy rains, their crops will fail and they’ll face hunger. “I wish the government would use these indicators to prepare relief instead of just relying on satellite imagery,” said David Pulkol, a Karamojong community leader and former Ugandan government minister, at a press conference in London last week. “Climate change is wiping out our knowledge base and destroying the life of our community,” said Pulkol. “There is no integration of indigenous knowledge into development planning, and so people are becoming more powerless.” Read the article…