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The Fight Against Climate Change From an Indigenous System Perspective

The Fight Against Climate Change From an Indigenous System Perspective
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Author(s): Stewart Lee Kugara (University of Limpopo, South Africa), Thizwilondi Joanbeth Madima (University of Venda, South Africa) and Ndidzulafhi Esther Ramavhunga (University of Venda, South Africa)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 15
Source title: Handbook of Research on Protecting and Managing Global Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Rendani Tshifhumulo (University of Venda, South Africa) and Tshimangadzo Justice Makhanikhe (University of Venda, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7492-8.ch003


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The 21st century has witnessed that climate change has become an acute daily agony. In Africa, to be specific, it has made the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals a myth. It is argued that the implications of climate change are evident in numerous ways on the African continent: incessant floods, cyclones, droughts, and heat waves. These have introduced disastrous outcomes: a heightened threat of food security, inadequate water resource availability, diminished biodiversity, decline in human health viability, and increasing land degradation. At the centre of all this, a more robust understanding of climate change and appropriate palliatives is called for. In South Africa, conservation by the state and numerous stakeholders on the thorny issue of climate change has tended to favour and privilege Western scientific interpretations at the expense of the “indigenous” interpretations as informed by their indigenous epistemologies.

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