Part of the Changemaker Series
Indigenous communities are already experiencing disproportionate impacts from climate change, which are compounded by the long history of settler colonialism, violence and forced displacement, harm from the mining and fossil fuel industries, and exploitative research practices from western scientists. It is no coincidence that Native American andIndigenous students are among the least represented in the geosciences, yet increasing representation of Natives in geoscience and other STEM fields is critical for addressing the challenges presented by global change. In this talk, Johnson will share her perspective on these issues as a Native climate scientist and director of the UCI American Indian Summer Institute in Earth System Science, which ran from 2012-2017. She will also share resources and guidance for ethical engagement with Indigenous communities, students, and researchers, and highlight ways for members of theUCI community to get involved.