Harvard Climate Action Week: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

One of the cornerstones of ESI’s approach to energy sovereignty is to ground the work in traditional indigenous wisdom and culture. The wellspring of knowledge this represents is perhaps most visible and accessible in ecological knowledge, and Native communities’ connections to ancestral land, sea, and nature.

As part of Harvard University’s Climate Action Week (June 10-14, 2024) this remarkable panel discussion with two northeast Tribes provides deep insights and useful principles, and can be viewed at the link below:

“We believe as tribal people that we need to be more responsible and accountable. Tribes shouldn’t be consulted in the middle – or after the fact. We need to be brought to the table in the very beginning of these discussions…”
— Leslie Jonas, Indigenous Land and Water Conservationist

In today’s panel on the importance of traditional ecological knowledge, panelists shared perspectives from two of the New England Tribal Nations, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe. Both sovereign nations work to preserve and protect the natural resources of their communities through their resource management offices and traditional practices. Watch the full panel here.

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