Indigenous communities already face many socio-economic challenges, even before overlaying climate change impacts on them, says T.M. Bull Bennett, a convening lead author on the National Climate Assessment’s Indigenous Peoples chapter. Climate change impacts will exacerbate these challenges, affecting native communities’ ability to hunt and gather traditional foods, perform ceremonies, even travel. Alaska Native communities are particularly vulnerable. “We’re starting to see a change in how we interpret the environment around us,” says Bennett.
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