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Sep 23, 2022
Fresh Banana Leaves Dr. Jessica Hernandez Ep. 57
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Indigenous people make up 5 percent of the global population and steward 80 percent of the world's biodiversity, yet they aren’t centered in most discussions or actions for environmental justice. An Indigenous woman and scientist, Dr. Jessica Hernandez talks about the importance of Indigenous science (and scientists) in her new book Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science. In this conversation, Jessica talks about the importance of Indigenous-led stewardship projects, Black-Indigenous solidarity, and shares the moving story of how she came to the book’s title.

1:51 | The difference between an interdisciplinary scientist and an Indigenous scientist

3:50  | What is Indigenous science?

5:50 | Indigenous people support 80% of the world’s biodiversity

10:15 | Conservation as a Western construct and the trouble with the original concept of National Parks

12:44 | The importance of #LandBack and Indigenous-led stewardship projects

17:49 | The impact of banana plantations in Central America

22:30 | The title of the book and the personal impact of war in El Salvador

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