Indigenous COP26 delegates worry their communities will shoulder burden of carbon markets

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A protester is seen speaking in to a megaphone while surrounded by police officers outside the COP26 Summit on Wednesday, Nov. 3 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Indigenous people from around the world are sharing their knowledge and advocating for their communities at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland. That includes University of North Dakota assistant professor Kyle Hill.

Hill focuses on Indigenous health and is part of this year's Climate Generation delegation. He joined Climate Cast from Glasgow this week to talk about how carbon pricing as a means to address climate change could disproportionately harm Indigenous communities.

“Indigenous peoples only occupy maybe 5 percent of the entire Earth, yet we also protect upwards of 80 percent of the world's biodiversity. And so whose lands do you think are going to be used to offset the carbon footprint of corporations? It's going to be our lands,” he said. "This is a failure on the interests of all of humanity, that we're using economic models to solve a crisis that requires real action right now.”

To hear more from Hill’s conversation with Climate Cast host Paul Huttner, click play on the audio player above or subscribe to the podcast.

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