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Australian Indigenous leaders say ‘need to be’ at climate table

First Nations representatives say the scale of the climate crisis requires ‘unprecedented collaboration’.

Indigenous Australians have called for a greater say in the global climate change response at this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference in Egypt.

Commonly referred to as COP27, the conference has urged member states to take action on past climate change commitments with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warning the world is “on a highway to climate hell”.

Indigenous leaders told Al Jazeera that they, too, need to have a prominent role in the process.

“Having us at the decision-making table is critical,” Jamie Lowe, CEO of Australia’s National Native Title Council, told Al Jazeera.

“We are at an unprecedented moment on Earth and we need unprecedented collaboration to work through solutions together.”

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