Climate change presents a risk to the livelihoods of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. As coastal and island communities confront rising sea levels, rainfall and heat extremes, and hotter, drier climates, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders face the potential loss and degradation of the lands, waters and the natural resources they they have relied upon for generations. Climate change also poses a major threat to the physical health of Indigenous communities and their ability to sustain traditional life, languages, knowledge and cultural heritage.
Indigenous communities will benefit from the ESCC Hub’s commitment to delivering targeted climate information that will provide a greater understanding of why the climate is changing, how this might impact on country and communities, and what might need to be done to protect cultural heritage and sacred sites.
We also understand that Indigenous communities are the custodians of a wealth of traditional climate knowledge. This knowledge will complement and benefit our research and impact, so both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians can be better informed and educated about our climate.