Climate Change is Affecting Traditional Knowledge
IPS, 16 August 2011

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA: In this article, Constanza Vieira interviews Colombian biologist Brigitte Baptiste, who argues that the traditional knowledge of nature developed since ancestral times by Colombia’s indigenous peoples is increasingly challenged by the unnatural effects of climate change, a phenomenon that is deeply troubling to the keepers of this knowledge. Currently the Director of Colombia’s Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute, Baptiste says that her observations are based on personal contacts with indigenous elders. Noting that the Colombian government has no policies that recognize or support traditional knowledge, she says that fortunately, problems are being discussed by the country’s sabedores, the traditional knowledge keepers. Read the interview …