Note to Reader:
On January 23, 2017 the Vancouver Sun newspaper published an opinion piece co-authored by Kim Stephens, Michael Blackstock and Bob Sandford. The topic was Blue Ecology – interweaving the best threads of Indigenous and Western Science to make water-first decisions.
Opinion: Indigenous and Western science work together to make water-first decisions
“Our climate is indeed changing. Flood, drought, fire, wind and cold – extreme events are becoming the norm. From a water-first perspective, we are at a moment of truth,” stated the co-authors in their opening paragraph.
“To make the right choices moving forward, we must understand how and where the rhythms of water are changing. Then we can apply ecosystem-based understanding to adapt our practices to suit a changing climate.”
“Adapting to changes in the water cycle requires that British Columbians re-think our relationship with nature. Over the generations, we have lost our way. The path to a water-resilient future starts with Western science acknowledging water for its central functional and spiritual roles in our world.”
TO LEARN MORE:
To read the entire Op-Ed, click on Opinion: Indigenous and Western science work together to make water-first decisions to download a PDF copy of the online version.