Native Americans' livelihoods, cultural identity, and spiritual practices are deeply connected to the natural environment. Therefore, changes to ecosystems and landscapes due to a changing climate uniquely impact tribal communities. In the Southwest, tribes are already experiencing impacts of climate change including water supply and quality issues stemming from long-term drought, reduced ability to grow or collect important crops, and health impacts from heat waves and dust storms.
The Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC) recently funded and will partner in a new Tribal Adaptation Initiative to build regional coordination and to assess tribal capacity for adaptation across the Southwest. The initiative is being lead by the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) at the University of Arizona and additionally supported by the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative.
For more information read Helping Tribes Adapt to Climate Change