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Who's Who at the UN's Rio+20 Summit?

By Sarah Laskow - 2012-06-20T16:51:58Z

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Indigenous People

Culture should be considered the "fourth pillar" of sustainable development, with environmental, economic and social sustainability, according to representatives from the Indigenous Peoples' Group. They see living in better harmony with nature's cycles as a complement to calls by developed nations for a technology-driven green economy. Traditional knowledge and a holistic view of the world have roles to play alongside scientific knowledge, they argue. And indigenous peoples already have hundreds or thousands of years' experience implementing them.

Pictured is a Native American Elder from the Lakota Tribe in traditional clothing.

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