Indigenous communities call on public to save the planet at London gathering
Representatives from indigenous communities around the world came together to help save the planets biodiversity.
Groups from across the globe gathered in Canbury Park, Kingston, London, to kick start the Flourishing Diversity summit running until September 11.
Theyre hoping to share wisdom and traditions that could hold the answers to the environmental crisis.
Organiser Jerome Lewis said the festival was put together after studies found capitalist western cultures could better learn a thing or two from indigenous people.
The anthropology reader at University College London said: There is more and more research showing the best guardians of biodiversity are indigenous people.
They care so much better than governments.
In attendance will be elders from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and New Zealand.
Speaking at todays launch were the Guarani, a group who live in Brazils much depleted Atlantic Forest.
They have been on the frontline fighting deforestation by replanting lost species, and defending land from industrial expansion.
Their efforts were recognised with the 2018 Newton Prize – awarded for excellence research and innovation.
The Himalayan Idu Mishmi have developed a way with tigers and other endangered species that has seen them flourish better than in neighbouring reserves and protected areas.
The Flourishing Diversity summit, in partnership with Extinction Rebellion Youth and ISN believes indiginous traditions could hold the answers to the environmental crisis.