Embracing Māori Perspectives on Climate Change

Created: June 26, 2024 at 11:52 AM | Updated: June 26, 2024 | By NZ Navigator Trust

Understanding Climate Change through Māori Knowledge

Changes to our climate have always been observed and recorded by Māori. Dr. Dan Hikuroa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato-Tainui, Ngaati Whanaunga), an Earth Systems Scientist and Senior Lecturer in Māori studies at the University of Auckland, integrates mātauranga Māori and science to support Māori communities in becoming resilient to climate impacts.

Blending Traditional Knowledge with Modern Science

In addressing critical issues like marae safety and food security, Dr. Hikuroa emphasises blending traditional knowledge with contemporary science. He highlights the importance of recognising mauri, the vital essence of all things, to help communities make informed decisions amidst technical information.

Becoming Better Ancestors

Dr. Hikuroa advocates for a holistic approach to climate response, guiding us to be better ancestors and stewards of our environment. He believes that understanding and respecting indigenous wisdom is key to combating climate change.

This video is a valuable resource for anyone interested in how indigenous wisdom can help us become better ancestors and stewards of our environment.

Published by Climate Connect Aotearoa.