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Our Village 2019 - New York City
In 2019 Our Village popped up in New York City for the much anticipated UN #ClimateAction Summit. We took over the Helen Mills centre Join us in for a culture hub + immersive experience bringing together global leaders, community activists, & artists to create meaningful & just solutions to #ClimateChange.
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Amazon Fires Projected on Brazilian Consulate in New York - Land Rights Now! 2019
Indigenous leaders in New York for the Climate Action Summit have a message to share:
"We came here to bring our voice and ask the international community for support and to join us in this struggle in defense of indigenous peoples, in defense of the environment, which is everyone's struggle."
APIB - Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil
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7 Million And Rising
The Climate Crisis is here and “change is coming whether you like it or not”
Across 2 days more than 7 million people around the world took to the streets to demand action on the climate crisis. The largest climate action in history.
In the lead up, indigenous youth from the Guardians of the Forest met with Greta Thunberg and other youth leaders in Washington D.C. They had a message for US politicians: “We need more action”
Delegates met Senators and members of Congress including Nancy Pelosi, Jeff Merkley, Raúl Grijalva, Sheldon Whitehouse and the teams of Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris before joining the House Hearing on Climate Change. Jamie Margolin, Co-Founder of Zero Hour called on uniting with indigenous activists in her testimony.
Youth activists spoke to the Committees on Climate Change and Natural Resources. Jasilyn Charger, youth leader of the Lakota Sioux people, demanded that we cannot talk about climate change without talking about the rights of indigenous peoples.
Two days later, Guardians of the Forest youth lead a 250 000 strong march through New York City with Global Strike for Climate. Four million took part globally, on the 27 September a further three million people marched.
“The Fight is collective, that’s why we are looking for thousands of youth because together we are really strong.” Artemisa Xakriabá
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Wildfires may grab headlines but indigenous peoples and local communities who depend the Amazon face many different threats. Not only are their territories targeted for illegal extractive activities such as gold mining and deforestation but without clear land titles their situation remains legally precarious.
But more than this – indigenous peoples and local communities offer a scalable, climate solution, as recently recognised in the UN IPCC Land Use report.
Protecting their rights will benefit communities, the Amazon itself and all of humanity.
In the Peruvian Amazon the community of Boca Parimanu, the Amahuaca peoples tread this difficult balance.
Madre de Dios, the most biodiverse region in the Peruvian Amazon, is home to 37 native communities. This southern region is also the most affected by illegal mining, more than 60 000 hectares of forest have been deforested by this activity.
Due to its high biodiversity and extension of Amazon forest, Madre de Dios is a key region for climate commitments and the fight against the climate crisis.
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Guardians of the Forest takeover Times Square 2019
Can you hear us?
#GuardiansOfTheForest takeover Time Square last night to send a clear message ahead of the UN #ClimateActionSummit:
We are a climate solution: respect our rights!
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Spreading the Message of Nature Based Solutions - New York Climate Week 2019
The message is simple:
We Can’t Stop Climate Change Without Nature
And Nature Needs Guardians
Protect Forests Now
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Our Village: Now open - Chelsea, Manhattan - Climate Week 2019
Our Village - is now open!
Mina Setra, Dayak leader from Kalimantan and indigenous organisations AMAN, shows us inside and what we can expect over the next few days
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On fire: Join the youth and take climate action
On fire: Indigenous youth activists take their message to those in power.
Across the globe indigenous land is being decimated by fires and deforestation for mono-plantations, illegal mining and cattle grazing, to fuel a lifestyle that accelerates climate change.
The climate crisis is already here: indigenous peoples and local communities are on the frontline. So are the youth.
The young will be disproportionately affected by the climate and ecological crisis.
Their futures are not certain.
But they will not be silenced.
Youth across the globe are stepping out and demanding climate justice.
It’s time we joined them.
Playlist - Climate Week 2019
Guardians of the Forest congregated in New York ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019. Leading the Global Climate Strike, indigenous leaders fronted a march of more than 250 000 in New York and 4 million worldwide. Our Village, community corner opened its doors in mid-Manhattan holding workshops and discussions from peoples of color and indigenous and local communities.
Participating in creative activism, messages were projected onto iconic NY landmarks around the city: can you hear us?
Take a look at some of the highlights: