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QUIZ: How much do you know about minority and indigenous peoples and climate change?

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The marginalisation of minorities and indigenous peoples is reflected in global climate crisis. Take our quiz to learn more about the challenges that communities face as a result of climate change and the importance of indigenous knowledge in protecting the environment.

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Indigenous people make up about 5 per cent of the world’s population, but how much global biodiversity do they protect?

Stephen Kotioko stands in Mau Forest, Kenya. Credit: Jason Taylor.
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Environmental sustainably is a necessity for many indigenous communities, whose physical needs, cultural identities and traditional ways of life are intimately connected to nature. Read more about the importance of indigenous guardianship here.

Indigenous people can be more affected by climate change compared to non-indigenous communities – why?

Indigenous women stand outside next to a wall in Chimborazo, Ecuador. Credit: Stephen Reich.
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Across the world, indigenous communities are facing serious challenges because of the climate crisis. You can read more about this in our report on climate justice.

Reduced social contact and travel restrictions has meant deforestation in the Amazon has slowed down, true or false?

From their villages on the banks of the Branco River in the Amazon, members of the indigenous Matis community travel for 12 days to Atalaia do Norte, the town closest to them, to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Credit: EPA-EFE/Tatiana Nevo.
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Reduced social contact and travel restrictions have played into the hands of loggers, miners and farmers, who have been able to escalate their illegal clearance of rainforest as the number people monitoring violations in the field were reduced. In the first four months of 2020, deforestation in the Amazon rose sharply: an increase of 55 per cent in the first four months of 2020 compared to the already high levels seen in the same period of 2019. This trend continued throughout 2020, culminating in the highest annual level since 2008. Read more here.

In Canada, over the last 30 years people living in First Nations reserves have faced a higher chance of being displaced by wildfires, compared to people living off reserve – but how much higher?

Kanahus Manuel, founding member of environmental indigenous activist group ‘Tiny House Warriors.’ Credit: Kanahus Manuel.
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Displacements and evacuations as a result of wildfires have had profound negative consequences on the wellbeing of indigenous communities, resulting in social alienation, economic insecurity, limited access to education, poor mental health and other challenges. Read more in our 2019 annual report on Climate Justice.

How many times were minorities or indigenous people mentioned in the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its 1997 Kyoto Protocol?

Tsou community representatives, Taiwan.
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Things have improved in recent years, with many minority and indigenous activists working hard to engage with UN climate negotiations. The preamble to the Paris Agreement 2015 specifically mentions the rights of indigenous peoples.

Since the 1960s, Lake Chad has been shrinking due to climate change. How much has it shrunk by?

A Toubou tribesman and camel herder attends to his animals. Credit: Frederic Courbet / Panos.
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The changes have disrupted the routes and grazing patterns of livestock farmers from the countries around the lake. Read more about the situation here.

In 2013, the indigenous Batwa in Uganda filed a court case seeking compensation for human rights violations after being forcibly relocated from their ancestral lands for ecological measures of the Ugandan government. What was the outcome?

Portrait of a Batwa woman, Uganda. Credit: Bella Falk / Alamy.
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Read more about the history and current situation of Batwa in Uganda here.

In Cameroon, indigenous-led technology is being used to connect indigenous knowledge and values with decision-makers, true or false?

A Minority Voices training for members of the Mbororo community, Cameroon, June 2013.
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Participative mapping projects have been launched with eight communities in collaboration with the Extreme Citizen Science group (ExCiteS) based at University College London. Read more about it here.

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          Thumbnail photo: The Ogiek are one of Africa’s last hunter-gatherer populations. Here in Nakuru region, Kenya, 2018. Credit: Zsuzsanna Fodor / MRG.

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