Local weather change is an existential downside for Indigenous Mainers

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Darren J. Ranco, a citizen of the Penobscot Nation, serves as chair of Native American Packages on the College of Maine in Orono.

Right here in Maine, local weather change could possibly be devastating, particularly for Indigenous folks. Research present that Indigenous Nations just like the Abenaki, Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot and Wabanaki will face a number of the most harmful impacts of the local weather disaster.

Let’s be clear: Local weather change is already taking place. Wabanaki folks, for example, are at present within the midst of local weather adaption planning to arrange for environmental points now and down the street. I work together with different Wabanaki people each day, and local weather change is a critical concern. Of specific concern is erosion, ongoing entry to wholesome fish and recreation and environmental impacts on consuming water and energy provides.