It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone but Oxfam has said that the African Maasai tribe can help fight climate change by spreading their survival and adaptability skills across Africa. Oxfam has issued a report entitled Survival of the Fittest: Pastoralism and Climate Change in East Africa.
From the report:
Pastoralists in East Africa have been adapting to climate variability for millennia and their adaptability ought to enable them to cope with this growing challenge.
As Matt reported here, indigenous tribes are already fighting against governments and corporations to preserve their way of life. Similarly, the pastoralists in sub-Saharan African are being continually marginalised in the decision-making. If the concept of trading skills could be adopted it may halt this habitual disregard for the tribalists and their way of life, as well as provide a valuable contribution to the fight against climate change.
For this to work, the tribes would need cooperation and support from the officials, as Kenyan minister, Mohammed Elmi said . . .
Their adaptability cannot be realised without government support and investment
I think perhaps we all should try to embrace some aspects of the Maasai lifestyle. I’m sure the West could certainly benefit from a few lessons in adaptability. I’m not suggesting we should all go and live off-grid in some arid desert or in the middle of a jungle but it’s a fact that pastoralism is a sustainable lifestyle with minimal emissions and if these tribes were empowered and enabled rather than hindered or disregarded, then I’m convinced they could teach us a great deal about adaptability, sustainability and ultimately survival.