Indigenous Voices on Water
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) recently launched a feature on their Space4Water Portal called Indigenous Voices.
Indigenous communities' cultural heritage and knowledge about natural resources, including water, urgently needs to be considered and protected. This feature invites Indigenous people, especially but not limited to those who play a key role with regards to water in their community, to share their knowledge about this valuable resource, their concerns about its state, and the changes in aquatic or water-related environments they observe, among other topics.
On 26 October 2022, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs hosted a Participatory Workshop for Indigenous Women on their Roles and Responsibilities Related to Water. The women shared how their communities relate to water, what practices related to water they have, how they relate to the environment, to space and technology. They also expressed their everyday struggles with pollution and the impacts of climate change.
Hear their stories here and find out more about the initiative and how you can help address their water-related challenges by collaborating to develop space-based solutions.