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According to Indian Country Today Media Media Network (ICTMMN), activists and representatives of Indigenous Peoples called for action against climate change and for indigenous inclusion in the climate text discussions at COP21 on Dec. 9.

ICTMMN reports:

Outside the rooms being used for the negotiations the International Indigenous Forum on Climate Change (IIPFCC) insisted that measures and policies in achieving the objectives of the climate change convention should be anchored to the respect, protection and fulfillment of human rights, including the rights of Indigenous Peoples.

“The respect and protection of our rights is a critical element in order to further the maximum potential of Indigenous Peoples, traditional knowledge, innovations and sustainable livelihoods,” they pointed.

The article also shares that 5 percent of global population is indigenous; they are the owners of 25 percent of global land and are responsible for 80 percent of the world’s remaining biodiversity, according to the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.

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