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The existence of the Sanema people was threatened in the 1980s and 1990s as prospective gold miners came to the area. Deforestation and river pollution resulted, which threatened the indigenous people. Today, the Sanema live in the biosphere reserve, which protects their existence. Indigenous people can teach us a lot about the environment. Their ecological footprint is relatively small and their lifestyles are therefore sustainable. An end to their nomadic lifestyle threatens this sustainability and therefore their existence.
This clip is from:
Indigenous Peoples: Climate and Eco-Systems
First broadcast:
3 March 2005

Classroom Ideas

This clip can be used to discuss the impacts of deforestation, gold mining and pollution on the indigenous Samena population of Venezuela. Discuss the concept of the ecological footprint. Suggest reasons for the Samena population having a low ecological footprint. Discuss the impacts of deforestation and gold mining.

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