Scott Heckbert, Jeremy Russell-Smith, Andrew Reeson, Glenn James, Indigenous Australians Fight Climate Change with Fire, The Solutions Journal, Volume 2, Issue 6, November 2011, Pages 50-56 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/indigenous-australians-fight-climate-change-with-fire/) Abstract: One of Australia’s greatest challenges is the persistent socioeconomic disadvantage faced by Aboriginal (Indigenous) people. This is particularly acute in the more remote regions of northern Australia, where Indigenous Australians make up most of the nonurban population. They own much of the land and have interests in most of the remainder,1 and their populations are growing rapidly. However, the remoteness of these areas and their sparse population densities mean that mainstream economic opportunities are extremely limited. Another key issue for Australia, as for the rest of the world, is the need to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Nitrous oxide and methane emitted from savanna wildfires in northern Australia are a significant source of GHG emissions, averaging 3 percent of Australia’s total annual emissions reportable under the Kyoto Protocol. Indigenous people have traditionally managed fire by applying prescribed burning to create mosaics of burnt and unburnt … Topics: Climate Change; Ecosystem Services; Fire; Indigenous communities