As recognized by the United Nations, every year on August 9th, the world comes together to commemorate International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Each year, this day serves as a reminder that Indigenous Peoples have the right to self-determination, allowing them to make decisions that reflect their unique cultures and traditions. Under this year’s theme “Indigenous youth as agents of change for self-determination,” we pay tribute to the resilience and ingenuity of Indigenous youth who are leading the way in addressing the pressing challenges faced by their communities and the world at large.
Indigenous youth are the torchbearers of their cultures and the hope for a sustainable future. These young leaders are at the forefront of addressing critical issues such as climate change, peacebuilding, and digital cooperation.
Notably, Indigenous youth recognize that climate change disproportionately affects their communities due to their deep connection with the environment. They are actively engaging in climate action, employing traditional knowledge and innovative approaches to preserve their lands and protect the natural resources vital to their way of life. By advocating for sustainable practices, renewable energy solutions, and conservation efforts, they are setting an example for the world to follow.
The preservation of Indigenous cultures and traditions are vital for the intergenerational transfer of knowledge, aligning with the Shumei’s philosophy of Natural Agriculture. Natural Agriculture emphasizes the importance of having deep respect for nature, which is practiced within many Indigenous communities.
Listening to nature is another example of how Indigenous communities profoundly understand their surroundings and ecosystems, often relying on observation and intuition to make decisions about farming and harvesting. This approach allows them to work in harmony with nature, recognizing the interconnectedness of all living beings and the delicate balance that sustains life.
By embracing Natural Agriculture and supporting Indigenous people’s practices, we can work towards a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world for all, fostering a connection between humans, nature, animals, and our food. On this International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples, let us remember the importance of preserving Indigenous wisdom and traditions while promoting sustainable practices that benefit the world.