It is estimated that most of the biodiversity areas on the planet are inhabited by indigenous people. No matter which part of the world one goes if one sees any tribal people living with harmony in nature they will see the flourishing environment filled with animals and trees.
A culture passed down through evolution, practiced and tested across millions of years, the results speak for themselves. It’s not that humans are separate from nature they are part of nature, and there are still people in this world that know how to thrive within nature, not against it.
Working in perfect symphony with all the birds and bees, the ants and trees humans have figured out their role in the complex organism of the forest. Maintaining the ecological balance by consuming the right amount of resources as well as protecting the blooming of other plants and animals. It is like looking at a heavenly paradise when one experiences such sight in our modern life far removed from the concrete jungle.
Humans have thrived in such environment and they had come up with a system whereby they can work in perfect harmony with not only other animals but other tribes as well. Each tribe having their own territory ensured the resources were maintained within the ecological balance of their own territory. Other tribes cannot just barge into another territory and keep devouring the resources, respecting other property was crucial. Property rights is not a modern invention but rather it was practiced millions of years ago, not only unique to humans.
The biggest obstacle that indigenous people are facing is the lack of their property rights, they haven’t evolved with our changing culture and are left behind. Pressure of commercialization and the state interference means most of their territory are being taken over by other interest groups denying their land. Tribal people lack understanding legislation and communicating with the outside world to ensure that they are the owners of the land.
Since tribes know the best and the most effective way of governing forests they rightly deserve to be the owners of their ancestral land. Foreign invaders colluding with a corrupted state have ensured that tribes are robbed of their land. It is important for any society, country, nation to have a fair judicial system that can bring justice and peace to our world.
In light of the ‘conservation’ efforts being undertaken in most countries, they fail to realize that such conservation work were already being practiced by indigenous people. To ensure a bio-diverse world filled with animals and species of every kind it’s important to first correct our own societies structure. A structure that respects peoples property, their right to freedom, and their safety are three of the most important concepts that humanity needs to understand and implement quickly to ensure a bright future.