November 23rd marked the release of the National Climate Assessment IV (NCA4). The overview of the report demonstrates a clear connection from worldwide scientific evidence pointing to a rapidly changing climate and it has and will continue to have direct impacts socially, economically and geographically to the world we live in. “Climate shapes how we live and the environment around us…the assumption that the current and future climate conditions will resemble the recent past is no longer valid.”
The NCA4 also includes a chapter on Tribal and Indigenous Communities; Kawerak’s Social Science Director Julie Raymond-Yakoubian was a part of the authoring team for this chapter. The chapter bluntly states the correlation in the changing climate to native communities, “Climate change threatens Indigenous peoples’ livelihoods and economies.” Examples elaborate on the stressors that climate change places on cultural practices, food security, infrastructure and more.
To see the whole report visit https://nca2018.globalchange.gov