Dealing with Climate Change: The Effects on Colombia’s Indigenous Livelihood
Indian Country Today Media Network, 14 September 2011

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA: For years, leaders of indigenous communities in Colombia have been warning about how the historic misuse of nature affects the natural cycles and how this is threatening their traditional customs and cultures. Impacts on their crops, their livelihoods, their food security and their ancestral ability to predict the climate are some of the effects of climate change in their communities. This article includes observations from indigenous representatives from two different communities and regions on Colombiaabout their perception of climate change and the ways they are dealing with it: the Koguis, Arhuacos, Kankuamos and Wiwas living in Sierra Nevada de Santa Martain northern Colombia; and the Kokonukos living in the south-western area of Colombia. Read the article …