The Search for Legal Remedies
Edited by Randall S. Abate and Elizabeth Ann Kronk
Chapter 1: Commonality among unique indigenous communities: an introduction to climate change and its impacts on indigenous peoples
This book explores how climate change affects the rights of indigenous peoples. Climate change is a global environmental problem caused by greenhouse gas emissions. Although the causes of this problem are global, the adverse impacts of climate change are disproportionately burdening indigenous peoples. In recognition of the growing global problem of climate change, legal strategies to address climate change through mitigation and adaptation have been undertaken. This book recognizes that indigenous peoples are particularly vulnerable to climate change, both physically and legally, and addresses the challenges that these communities face in responding to climate change impacts. The term ‘indigenous peoples’ covers a widely diverse group of people within which no two communities of indigenous peoples are the same. Nevertheless, there are some commonalities that exist between groups of indigenous peoples.