Dialogues: Paris, France - 2015
Dialogues: Paris, France - 2015: Day 7
Solutions to Climate Change: The Power of Local Action
Friday 4 December 2015
Université Sorbonne Panthéon
14:00 - 20:00
Equator Prize winners, scholars, photographers, students, and guests gathered at Sorbonne University on Friday for an afternoon of learning and sharing. The first session, “Saving the Planet: The Power of Traditional Indigenous Knowledge – A Photographic Exploration of Indigenous Communities Using Traditional Knowledge to Solve Climate Change Challenges,” began with a presentation by Chris Rainier, an accomplished documentary photographer and a National Geographic Society Fellow. Rainier presented a narrated slideshow, highlighting traditional knowledge and climate change through photography. Jon Waterhouse, co-director of the Indigenous Network of Knowledge, spoke on the importance of a global network to provide a platform for indigenous peoples’ voices to be heard globally. Chime P. Wangdi from Bhutan shared how modernization is changing the social fabric of her country and people. Wangdi explained how the people of Bhutan are using traditional knowledge to create sustainable livelihoods.
In the second session, “Local Best Practices for Climate Change: Stories from Equator Prize Winners”, Equator Prize winners presented their stories working in different areas of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Cristina Coc of the Maya Leaders Alliance in Belize spoke on land rights, Karina Fabiana de Oliveira Paço and Patxon Metuktire of Instituto Raoni, Brazil, presented on advocacy for environmental justice, Petrus Asuy from Komunitas Adat Muara Tae in Indonesia spoke about forest management in the face of pressure from timber and palm oil corporations, and Lilla Raja, John Trawe, and Pak Lewi Gala Paru discussed their work with The Alliance of the Indigenous Peoples of the Highlands in the Heart of Borneo (FORMADAT) building cross border cooperation between Indonesia and Malaysia to facilitate enhanced community resilience in the face of climate change.
In the final session, “Stories from Chad, Sudan, and Vietnam,” three past Equator Prize winners shared their experiences: Mahamat Ahmat Abbas of Association Tchadienne Volontaires pour l’Environnement from Chad, Fatima Ahmed of Zenab for Women in Development from Sudan, and My Hahn Diep of Bamboo Village of Phu An from Vietnam. Each gave an overview of their project and explained how receiving the Equator Prize positively affected their work, providing opportunities for improvement and expansion. The afternoon ended with a Brazilian buffet reception.