Indigenous peoples defend Earth's biodiversity.

Indigenous people comprise  less than 5% of the world's population and protect 80% of the global biodiversity. 

This program defends and supports those protectors. 


Improving social and economic equality by encouraging both resiliency and behavior change through developing information systems, education, growing partnerships and building local capacity with a focus on economically disadvantaged and geographically impacted areas. 


Public and private sector policy innovation can be used to create impact, and members identified courageous leadership, community engagement, and potential financing mechanisms, such as carbon pricing and alternative food programs, as levers for implementation. Partners reinforce the importance of safe space for stakeholder dialogue to build trust, support rigorous measurement, and proactively address trade-offs across sustainability goals. Affordability, climate mitigation and resilience, and water-energy-food nexus priorities surfaced as key areas, with opportunities to redefine risk and engage youth in developing tangible policy projects that can be replicated.


Indigenous women are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis — and they are powerful agents to fight it. Building a sustainable future entails harnessing the knowledge, skills and leadership of women in climate action. A critical step to protecting the planet is elevating the rights and roles of the world’s indigenous peoples, especially women.


These programs will cultivate a values based approach and viability to the unique climate related issues which are not directly at odds with a sustainable environment and culture preservation. It supports and amplifies cultural and community leaders working to change the narrative and revitalize community resilience and adaptation in the face of a changing climate and world. 


Cross-sector and community-based resilience strategies can foster shared investment in outcomes that benefit diverse stakeholders and reduce cultural, economic, social, and environmental risks. Recommendations focused on individual actions, community connections, and state level actions, as well as critical drivers around sustainable food systems, ecosystem restoration, and green infrastructure.