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GSLL 1514 – Challenges and Opportunities of Utilizing Traditional Knowledge in Climate Adaptation

Start Date

September 9, 2022

End Date

October 14, 2022

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Register Before

September 6, 2022

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Local communities around the globe are already affected by climate change. People in least-developed and developing countries are among the most vulnerable ones, yet they have the least coping capacity. Climate change impacts are localized and diverse therefore, the response needs to be as diverse and adapted to the local situation.This class will explore key concepts of resilience, vulnerability, adaptive capacity and social capital in the context of community exposure to climate change. We will engage in critical analysis of tools and methods for building resilience to climate change and will look at several case studies from around the world.


Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the variety of issues and challenges faced by organizations, nations, local and indigenous communities related to climate change
  • Understand mitigation and adaptation options in community resilience-building
  • Make informed decisions when working with communities to critically assess the impacts of climate change and build a resilience planNoncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


James Rattling Leaf

Instructor Bio

James Rattling Leaf is a Global Indigenous Consultant and principal of the Wolakota Lab, LLC who works to support Indigenous peoples’ nation rebuilding efforts through the effective and respective application of traditional ecological knowledge and western science. He has over 25 years’ working with the US federal government, higher education institutions and non-profits to develop and maintain effective working relationships with federally and non-federally recognized American Indian tribes, tribal colleges and universities and tribal communities. He specializes in developing programs that utilize the interface between Indigenous people’s traditional knowledge and western science. He sees a greater vision of human knowledge that incorporates the many insights of human cultures and provides a context for our better understanding of the planet and the world. Currently, he has projects with the University of Colorado-Boulder; North Central Climate Adaptation Science Center; Rosebud Sioux Tribe; GEO Indigenous Alliance; TerrAdapt and the Ecological Society of America Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section. He is a citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and has a degree in Lakota Studies from Sinte Gleska University.

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