I envision a world where Indigenous voices are heard and their perspectives are considered before the implementation of ecology-related policies. It is unfair that marginalized groups, such as the communities in Nova Scotia mentioned in "There's Something in the Water", are not being heard, especially because they are the ones being impacted the most! Not only in regard to pollution in areas where they live, like for Nova Scotia residents but also in regard to how it impacts their way of life, like for coastal communities in British Columbia. For instance, many coastal communities rely on species for food-related and ceremony-related purposes. It is important to make informed decisions, which can only be done by considering all of these perspectives.
Moreover, I believe that there should be more emphasis placed on Indigenous knowledge - it undeniable holds great value but it is often overlooked.
One form of action that can help with this is to pass a new law that mandates consultation with groups that are impacted by ecological decisions. Another way to step in, which is more relevant for those who are involved in ecological science, is to amplify their voices through research.
Thank you for sharing! I also envision a world where indigenous voices need to be heard. I think that passing a new law that directly mandates consultation would allow for greater changes to occur. Taking a small action and transitioning it into a bigger action is something I would like to be involved in!