Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Change

Kaneb Lecture SeriesIndigenous Perspectives on Climate Change

Restoring a safe and stable climate is the greatest challenge of our time; science is key to this effort, as is Indigenous knowledge, wisdom, and leadership. We study critically important ecosystems around the globe, working with stakeholders and decision-makers—often including Indigenous and traditional communities—to develop just, effective strategies for reducing atmospheric carbon.

Join us for a series of events aimed at deepening our relationships with Indigenous communities in the places where we work and amplifying Indigenous voices within our broader community.



Leslie Jonas  |  Vice Chair, Native Land Conservancy, Mashpee Wampanoag
The Native Land Conservancy is the first Indigenous land trust east of the Mississippi River, and working on the leading edge of addressing climate change as it relates to land rescue and conservation, and cultural survival for Indigenous peoples. All coastal people are at risk of becoming climate refugees by the end of the century. Indigenous voices have to be a part of the solution based on their ancient wisdom and lifeways developed over many millennia.

In her presentation, NLC Vice Chair Leslie Jonas explores the symptoms of climate change we live with on the coast of Cape Cod, and why it’s important to have First Peoples at the climate change table. Jonas is an eel clan member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe who has spent several years researching climate change from Indigenous perspectives.


June 23, 2021 4:00pm–5:15pm ET
Leslie Jonas
Leslie Jonas

Vice-chair Native Land Conservancy, member Mashpee Wampanoag tribe

Events in this series

Seeing the future: What do success and failure look like?

Visualizing our future is critical to motivating wise choices today. In this endeavor, speculative fiction is a powerful complement to scientific projections.

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Just in case: What do we need to know about climate intervention?

Can we afford to engineer the climate? Can we afford not to? This conversation breaks the taboo on discussing solar radiation management.

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Going negative: How much carbon can we capture?

Preventing catastrophic climate change will require not only the elimination of fossil fuel emissions, but also removing significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere.

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Tipping points: Is there a point of no return?

Ecosystems that have long absorbed and stored carbon threaten to become emissions sources, and ice sheets may be committed to complete melting long before they've disappeared.

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Internalizing risk: What 1.5°C (and beyond) looks like

Despite public perceptions, 1.5C degrees of warming has never been “safe,” and current events are raising awareness of the severity of impacts we face.

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Earth Day 2021: Where Do We Stand?

A Kaneb Lecture  |  The Biden Administration has made climate change a higher priority than any previous administration, and is widely expected to announce new commitments at the Earth Day Summit.

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