“Navigation is a whole system it entails a whole other string of knowledge, including canoe carving, weather prediction and all of that. But all of these knowledge, we use the elements, we use the stars to dictate to us when we can voyage.” – Larry Raigetal, master navigator. Pacific islands nations have shown increasing vulnerability to climate change. Studies report the rising sea levels and unpredictable weather patterns that have been occurring due to climate change but for the millions who are living in these island nations, the effects are hitting close to home. During the press conference on Monday for the University of Guam’s Regional Conference on Island Sustainability, Larry Raigetal, a master navigator from Lamotrek, Yap and conference keynote speaker, shared how their indigenous seafaring practices and the island way of life have been affected by climate change. Raigetal founded Waa’gey, a community-based organization that promote traditional skills to the next generation. They use these skills to raise awareness on the socio-economic, cultural, and environmental challenges facing Yap and its neighboring islands. “Navigation is a whole system it entails a whole other string of knowledge, including canoe carving, weather prediction and all of that. But all of these… Read full this story
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