First Nations people around the world – with strong and abiding connection to Country – increasingly are bearing the brunt of climate change. From rising sea levels, to ferocious bushfires, storms and drought, they often feel the impact first and hardest.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are part of a global First Nations movement demanding a seat at the table as decisions are made on climate change mitigation and abatement.
A recent virtual roundtable meeting hosted by the Lowitja Institute in partnership with the National Health Leadership Forum and the Climate and Health Alliance heard from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers, researchers, scientists and leaders on the impact of climate change and solutions and actions in response to the UN’s COP26 summit.
CroakeyVOICES caught up with some of the participants as part of Croakey Conference News Service coverage of the event #IndigenousClimateJustice21.
Featuring in the podcast are:
- Norman Jupurrurla Frank: Warumungu Traditional Owner. Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation.
- Dr Simon Quilty: Senior Staff Specialist, Alice Springs Hospital, and medical advisor for Purple House. Academic, Australian National University.
- Vanessa Napaltjarri Davis: Warlpiri and Northern Arrente woman and senior researcher Tangentyere Council Aborginal Corporation.
- Dr Veronica Matthews: From the Quandamooka community, Minjerribah, in south east Queensland, Dr Matthews heads the Centre for Research Excellence – STRengthening systems for InDigenous healthcare Equity (CRE-STRIDE), Centre for Rural Health, University of Sydney.
- Millie Telford: Bundjalung and South Sea Islander woman and National Director, Seed Indigenous Climate Network.
- Josie Atkinson: Gumbaynggirr woman and research assistant at the University of Wollongong.
- Mibu Fischer: A Noonuccal, Ngugi and Gorenpul woman from Quandamooka Country and Marine ethno-ecologist with the CSIRO.
- Nicole Kilby: A Wiradjuri and Ngemba woman and policy officer with the National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners (NAATSIHWP).
- Pat Anderson: An Alyawarre woman and Chair of the Lowitja Institute.
This podcast is part of Croakey Conference News Service coverage of the event #IndigenousClimateJustice21
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This article is part of the #HealthyCOP26 series, which is being published in partnership with the Climate and Health Alliance. This article is also part of Croakey’s contribution to the Covering Climate Now initiative, an unprecedented global media collaboration launched last year to put the spotlight on the climate crisis. Croakey Health Media is a member of the collaboration, which was co-founded by The Nation and the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), in partnership with The Guardian.