In this episode, I speak with Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, an expert in the adaptation and mitigation of Indigenous peoples to climate change. A member of the Mbororo pastoralist people in Chad, Hindou is the Founder and President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT), an organisation she started when she was nine years old. (No, that’s not a typo!)
Indigenous people make up only 5% of the world’s population, yet they are protecting 80% of the remaining biodiversity. In our conversation today, Hindou makes the case for why Indigenous people should not only be included in the global climate movement, but why they should be leading the charge.
Some topics we cover include:
- What life is like inside a nomadic community (that has been around for millennia!)
- The impacts of climate change Hindou has seen in her own lifetime
- How climate change is destroying homes and communities like hers around the world
- Indigenous knowledge and solutions that are essential for addressing the climate crisis
- The current status of global Indigenous rights, recognition, and inclusion
- Why women are best positioned to lead the efforts against climate change
- Hindou’s organisation - Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT)
Transcription is available here
Changemakers: How women make change happen
This is the first episode of the new Changemakers series which explores how women make change happen from those at the top helping to drive it. Each episode, we look at where we are on this long march to equality, what lies ahead, and how important you are in the fight.
In this 14-episode series, we’ll hear from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Tawakkol Karman, Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani, Olympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn, and Afghanistan's youngest ever female mayor Zarifa Ghafari, among others. Guest host Asha Dahya speaks with co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement Alicia Garza.
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