This video from Alaska identifies the irony between traditional knowledge and climate change and scientific knowledge and climate change. Aboriginal people in Alaska have been discussing climate change for over 40 years, but supposed modern science has only started seeing a trend in the last 20 years and only in the last 5 has the gravity of the situation begun to sink in. The Aboriginal people of Alaska are seeing new species that do not like the cold waters of their oceans and new diseases in the animals. Also pressing to their situation are increased deaths due to fragile ice–it’s melting sooner and faster.
I particularly like how advanced the traditional knowledge of climate change is here versus scientific knowledge. I’m wondering if the connotations of “traditional knowledge” imply too much antiquity and render it less reliable than scientific knowledge, or if it is a ethnocentric stubbornness that is preventing scientists from working with Elders.