RPT - Native Americans Call On US To Rejoin Paris Agreement Amid Effects Of Climate Change
Sumaira FH 21 days ago Wed 23rd October 2019 | 11:10 AM
ALBUQUERQUE (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 23rd October, 2019) Native Americans are calling on the US government to rejoin the Pars Climate Agreement amid the negative effects of climate change on tribal communities in the United States, tribal representatives told Sputnik.
Andrew Ebona, member of Tlingit Tribe in the state of Alaska, said the US government as well as the international community must pay more attention to the issue of climate change, including fund relevant institutions to address the issue.
"The Environmental Protection Agency needs to be funded and supported by the administration and there's not much help there," Ebona told Sputnik. "We should rejoin the Paris agreement, obviously. It's very important for us to be involved in that."
Ebona pointed out the impact of climate change in Alaska has resulted in the melting of glaciers and the polar ice cap, among other changes.
"It's important to have voice at that level for our issues and also support the international issues as well," Ebona said.
Edward Thomas, former president of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's central council, said his nation favors the Paris Climate Agreement because a joint effort on the international level can help tackle the problem of climate change.
"We think that it's going to take an international effort, not just American or Alaskan," Thomas told Sputnik.
Thomas explained the Tlingit and Haida have increasingly experienced infestations on their land and such developments take place when the forests are too dry.
"We noticed that we don't get as much rain and snowfalls as we used to," Montoya said. "And with that we are not getting as much runoff from the mountains. Some of our natural springs usually dry up mid-summer rather than half way through the hunting season."
Stanley Miller, member of Yakama Nation in the state of Washington told Sputnik that climate change has affected his nation's vital resources.
The 2015 Paris Climate Agreement was created within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to keep the increase in average global temperature at below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2017, the United States announced its withdrawal from the agreement.