Drought and wildfire in the West, rising seas and erosion in the Mississippi River Delta, and erratic weather patterns throughout the entire country are destabilizing rural and Tribal economies and quality of life. These climate impacts are worsening the already disproportionate burdens placed on rural people and Native Nations because of a history of disinvestment and extractive natural-resource industry practices.

In the face of these simultaneous global and hyper-local challenges, rural America and Native nations are essential partners in forging a different future. At our most recent Rural Opportunity and Development Session, Pathfinders: Climate-Smart Solutions from Rural America and Native Nations, speakers shared their stories, practical tips and explored how rural America is an essential partner in addressing climate change – and a source for innovative environmental justice initiatives that provide inspiration and useful ideas for the entire country.

Read the full article about climate solutions at The Aspen Institute.