Health and Culture
Adapt Cultural Traditions to New Realities.
Supplement Subsistence with Herding and Gardens.
Individuals and communities can grow food, plant a garden or berry bush to supplement subsistence with fresh locally-produced, healthy food. Individuals can learn about food preservation techniques for garden harvests.
Maintain Subsistence Access.
Communities, resource managers and policy makers can improve communication and work together to adjust subsistence seasons and other regulations to new species patterns and conditions, Individuals can engage regulatory advisory committees, and testify at meetings, Resource managers can explore new or different management options. Communities can consider a voluntary community moratorium on hunting if an alternative food source is available to communicate to the world that, “We have a strong commitment to the future for our kids.” Policy makers can build more flexibility into decision-making and government regulations. Decision-makers can listen and allow more input from residents about appropriate subsistence quotas, fines, season dates, etc.
Maintain Healthy Communities.
Communities and regions can use Community Climate Change Health Impact Assessments to better understand how environmental changes affect human health. Homeowners and renters can maintain homes to prevent household fire and wildfire as well as health impacts of poor indoor conditions. Individuals can conduct food safety outreach and testing.
Keep drinking water clean and the landscape pristine.
Individuals, communities, businesses and organizations can reduce waste, reuse, recycle, and compost. Communities can improve sanitation, water and wastewater systems, and waste management. Communities and resource managers can work together to enforce land use standards and behaviors that maintain ecosystem health.