How the #LandBack Movement Might Help Save the Planet


Joshua J. Mark
by Above The Noise
published on 09 October 2023

Indigenous communities across the globe are experts at managing and protecting land. Is it time the U.S. finally returned STOLEN parklands back to them?

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**What is the Land Back movement?
An Indigenous-led environmental, cultural and political movement that seeks to place Indigenous land back in Indigenous hands. Although the Indigenous organization NDN Collective created a formal campaign in 2020, #LandBack began trending on social media during the height (2016 - 2017) of the No Dakota Access Pipeline (#NODAPL) protests on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. But some argue that Land Back began as early as when Colonizers first arrived at Turtle Island.

**What is Indigenous Environmental Cosmology?
Before Colonizers arrived, many Indigenous tribes across Turtle Island (United States) protected and managed the land in a way that prioritized reciprocity with all living things. They intentionally landscaped areas in a way that worked with the natural environment

**Indigenous land stewardship practices can help mitigate climate change?
The Indigenous Environmental Network and Oil Change International discovered that Indigenous-led actions against fossil fuel projects in the US and Canada have prevented or delayed a quarter of annual carbon dioxide emissions from both countries. Additional research shows that lands managed by Indigenous communities in Brazil, Australia, and Canada are equally and sometimes even MORE biodiverse than special conservation lands managed by the governments.

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00:00 Intro
2:00 Forced Removal of Indigenous People for National Parks
4:30 Colonial vs. Indigenous Land Management
6:10 The Land Back Movement
8:30 Successful Indigenous Land Reclamation Stories
9:14 Indigenous Land Stewardship's Impact on Climate Change

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Noise, A. T. (2023, October 09). How the #LandBack Movement Might Help Save the Planet. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Noise, Above The. "How the #LandBack Movement Might Help Save the Planet." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified October 09, 2023.

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Noise, Above The. "How the #LandBack Movement Might Help Save the Planet." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 09 Oct 2023. Web. 20 May 2024.