It is essential to make the representation of culture, identity, and language visible in how we teach and talk about climate change, including Indigenous cultures which are deeply connected to and have stewarded the land for many generations. Xóchitl Garcia is an Indigenous-Chicana leader and community activist working in the New Haven area, teaching people about climate change through an Indigenous lens and creating equitable spaces and opportunities for communities of color in the environmental and agricultural sectors. Xóchitl educates and engages youth and community members about structural and systemic injustice through cultural ways, such as Indigenous cooking, environmental justice poetry, summer camp programming around climate justice, and a traditional ecological knowledge workshop for high schoolers. Xótchitl says, “a lot of the things of the environment are rooted in Indigenous knowledge…Indigenous people are seen as ancient or in the past, but these things are still actively being practiced...unique historical knowledge…things that you will most likely never see in a book.” Indigenous ways of knowing go beyond Western science and help people see how their identity can be a superpower for climate solutions and leadership.
Tri-State (CT, NJ, NY): Episode #
—Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Xóchítl Garcia: Indigenous Climate Leadership in Connecticut
Indigenous Climate Leadership in Connecticut