July 19, 2012

Native environmentalists on PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour Hosts American Indian Panel on Coping With Climate Change July 19Earlier today we noted a segment of PBS NewsHour devoted to the Swinomish of Washington State, who are facing steep declines in salmon population—a bad omen for a tribe whose name for itself is Salmon People.

Tonight the public-television network brings us “Climate Change Strikes Especially Hard Blow to Native Americans,” a panel of prominent American Indian environmental experts who talk about what has changed over the years and what it’s like to live on the forefront of climate change.

“When we began our NewsHour coverage on communities across the United States coping with climate change, we didn’t plan to focus on Native American tribes,” PBS writes on its site. “But we soon realized that indigenous communities are on the frontlines of America’s climate-related dangers.”

It’s all part of the public-television network’s series “Coping with Climate Change,” which highlights the ways that climate change is affecting our daily lives.
Comment:  For more on Indians and the environment, see Callingbull Protests Shell's Arctic Drilling and Indians Protest Minnesota Wolf Hunting.

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