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Climate Change Adaptation: What We Can Learn from Traditional Ecological Knowledge

October 6, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ali Meders-Knight at Verbena Fields

This presentation, hosted by the Mount Lassen Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, will address how Traditional Ecological Knowledge informs future climate adaptation, based on California’s long cycles of drought, fires and floods, and how native plants and ecosystems figure into climate mitigation before and after disasters. Ali Meders-Knight will be using a case study of her local Tribal territory as an example. Almost all of the data available to Western science in California is only about 100-125 years old, and so it is absolutely necessary to bring in the longer-term perspective of TEK, landscape forensics, and intergenerational knowledge to ensure the surviving and thriving of, not just native plants, but all the people who live in this place.

Ali Meders-Knight is a Mechoopda tribal member, mother of five, and traditional basketweaver based in Chico, Calif. She is a Mechoopda Tribal liaison working to form partnerships for federal forest stewardship contracting and tribal forestry programs authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill. She has been a Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) practitioner for over 20 years, collaborating on environmental education and land restoration projects with Chico State University and the City of Chico. In 2009 she helped plan and establish Verbena Fields, a unique 17-acre interactive food forest and interpretive park in North Chico, to help educate the community about the rich ecological heritage of the Mechoopda people.

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Meeting ID: 841 2011 5006