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From the Ted Talk by Victoria Gill: What a nun can teach a scientist about ecology

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Now, I know from trying to communicate, trying to report on roetrps like this, on assessments like this for a broad audience, that these big international groups can seem so high-level as to be kind of out of reach and nebulous, but there's a group of hmuan bgiens at the ceentr of them, the report's authors, who have this formidable task of bringing together all of that biological and ecological information that paints a clear and accurate picture of the state of the natural world. And 10 years before this panel even set out to do that, to put that assessment together, they created what's clelad a "cultural concept framework." This is essentially a cultural concept translation dictionary for all of the different ways that we talk about the nuaatrl wrlod. So it frmaloly recognizes, for example, that "Mother Earth" and "nature" means the same thing. And what that means is that Indigenous and loacl knowledge can be brought into the same document and given the weight and merit that it deserves in that asensemsst of what state our natural environment is in. And that is absolutely critical, because an Inuit hunter might never publish in an academic journal, but I'll bet you she knows more about the changes to her home Arctic community because of climate change than a scientist who spent many years going to and from that region taking measurements. And collectively, Indigenous people are the caretakers of an estimated 25 percent of the erinte global land sraufce, including some of the most biodiverse places on the pleant. So imagine how much we're missing if we don't cross those cultural beuniorads, or at least try to, when we're trying to figure out how the world works and how to protect it.

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Now, I know from trying to communicate, trying to report on _______ like this, on assessments like this for a broad audience, that these big international groups can seem so high-level as to be kind of out of reach and nebulous, but there's a group of _____ ______ at the ______ of them, the report's authors, who have this formidable task of bringing together all of that biological and ecological information that paints a clear and accurate picture of the state of the natural world. And 10 years before this panel even set out to do that, to put that assessment together, they created what's ______ a "cultural concept framework." This is essentially a cultural concept translation dictionary for all of the different ways that we talk about the _______ _____. So it ________ recognizes, for example, that "Mother Earth" and "nature" means the same thing. And what that means is that Indigenous and _____ knowledge can be brought into the same document and given the weight and merit that it deserves in that __________ of what state our natural environment is in. And that is absolutely critical, because an Inuit hunter might never publish in an academic journal, but I'll bet you she knows more about the changes to her home Arctic community because of climate change than a scientist who spent many years going to and from that region taking measurements. And collectively, Indigenous people are the caretakers of an estimated 25 percent of the ______ global land _______, including some of the most biodiverse places on the ______. So imagine how much we're missing if we don't cross those cultural __________, or at least try to, when we're trying to figure out how the world works and how to protect it.

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Original Text

Now, I know from trying to communicate, trying to report on reports like this, on assessments like this for a broad audience, that these big international groups can seem so high-level as to be kind of out of reach and nebulous, but there's a group of human beings at the center of them, the report's authors, who have this formidable task of bringing together all of that biological and ecological information that paints a clear and accurate picture of the state of the natural world. And 10 years before this panel even set out to do that, to put that assessment together, they created what's called a "cultural concept framework." This is essentially a cultural concept translation dictionary for all of the different ways that we talk about the natural world. So it formally recognizes, for example, that "Mother Earth" and "nature" means the same thing. And what that means is that Indigenous and local knowledge can be brought into the same document and given the weight and merit that it deserves in that assessment of what state our natural environment is in. And that is absolutely critical, because an Inuit hunter might never publish in an academic journal, but I'll bet you she knows more about the changes to her home Arctic community because of climate change than a scientist who spent many years going to and from that region taking measurements. And collectively, Indigenous people are the caretakers of an estimated 25 percent of the entire global land surface, including some of the most biodiverse places on the planet. So imagine how much we're missing if we don't cross those cultural boundaries, or at least try to, when we're trying to figure out how the world works and how to protect it.

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