Climate Change is a new phenomenon that is changing our country and challenging the world’s leaders. Aboriginal people are concerned about climate change because it has the potential to transform the landscape, our traditions and cultural practices and therefore our whole world view.
Kimberley Aboriginal people are using their intimate knowledge of country and seasonal indicators to monitor the impacts of climate change, collate data and create adaptation strategies to manage the impacts of climate change on remote Indigenous communities.
The Kimberley Land Council is working with the Ngurrara Traditional Owners from the Great Sandy Desert to document seasonal changes. This is done through collating data from weather stations and travelling on country to observe and record seasonal indicators, such as the flowering of plants and animal behaviour.
All information will be integrated into a seasonal calendar database which will be used by the Ngurrara Rangers to monitor climate change impacts on country.
This project integrates Indigenous traditional knowledge with western science to validate changes to the environment and develop strategies to combat climate change impacts. This project is being completed in partnership with Shell through its social investment program.