Reshaping Our Relationship with Nature
The science is clear: our current global relationship with nature is unsustainable. We need a reminder that alternative ways of co-existing have been practiced for generations around the world.
To combat the urgent crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, and to ensure the future of our planet for generations to come, we need to embrace these perspectives and fundamentally reimagine the way we interact with the natural world.
In honour of Earth Day we are joined by Archana Soreng, UN Youth Climate Advisor, and Brianna Fruean, climate change activist environmental advocate for the Pacific. Together they will discuss the importance of valuing Indigenous and First Peoples' knowledge in handling the climate crisis, from environmental policy to the way we interact with nature in our own lives.
About the speakers
Archana Soreng is a 25-year-old Indigenous environmental activist of the Kharia Tribe of Odisha, India, who works to promote awareness of traditional knowledge and practices of Indigenous communities with regards to climate change. She is one of seven members of the UN Secretary-General Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, and is a Research Officer for Vasundhara Odisha, highlighting the critical role that forests play in sustaining rural livelihoods.
Brianna Fruean is a 22-year-old activist and environmental advocate for Samoa. At the age of 11, she became a founding member of 350.org Samoa and Future Rush, with the aim to promote youth and community engagement in climate change and sustainable issues. She is the youngest recipient of the Commonwealth Youth Award, and the first ever Youth Ambassador chosen by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme in recognition of her achievements in elevating the voice of young people in the Pacific.