Indigenous people safeguard 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity!


Therefore, they play an important role in climate change mitigation. Indigenous people often lead by example with sustainable ways of living, farming, resource use and mindsets. Their unique concepts, values and beliefs that connect them deeply to nature, can be great inspirations for our sustainability work and personal lives, as it has been for me. 

Their voices need to be heard and their wisdom passed on before it disappears. Many indigenous cultures and their wisdom are at risk of extinction as they face challenges such as discrimination, land grabbing, missing institutional healthcare, lack of access to legal remedies and the financial means to fight for their rights.*

Indigenous communities are also one of the most vulnerable groups to climate change as they often live in sensitive ecosystems and already struggle to secure their livelihoods. They account for 15% of the poorest populations globally and their life expectancy is 20 years lower compared to non-indigenous people*. Their livelihoods are often highly dependent on the health of local ecosystems that are increasingly destroyed and affected by climate change. 

The Nature Wisdom project seeks to give indigenous tribes a voice and the opportunity to speak up in order to share their important messages with the world. 

Trough blogs and social media content (and with their permission) I am going to share parts of what I learn from my connections with indigenous wisdom holders on how we can live in better balance with nature.

In the spirit of reciprocity, by sharing their knowledge through this project we kindly ask for donations to support their local projects and communities.

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Kurikindi (Golden Hummingbird) was born and raised deep in the Amazon Rainforest of the Ecuador. He is part of the Kichwa tribe and shared with us more about the concept of Sumac Kawsay, which emphasises the importance of sustaining reciprocal relationship between all living beings.

Mayan Kaqchikel,

Izaias and Izabel

Izaias was born and raised to an indigenous Mayan Kaqchikel family, in San Marcos La Laguna, Guatemala. He is a ceremonial cacao producer committed to treating it as a sacred food and a medicine whilst respecting earth in all steps of the cacao production. He shared with us how cacao can be farmed sustainably in an agroforestry system where it grows in harmony with other native plants. He also runs a Criollo Cacao reforestation project that helps educate local farmers to farm in regenerative ways.