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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

    Read the full letter here. 

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    A powerful film by Ivan Jaripio, Embera indigenous filmmaker from Panama. In this short creative film he contrasts indigenous traditions with the contemporary world of Panama. Faced with the territorial and cultural threat of modernization, the resistance of the indigenous peoples to defend their traditions is urgent.

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    Our Territory

    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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    Indigenous Youth

    The future of the world’s forests depend on youth, especially youth from indigenous communities. Introducing you to 7 indigenous youth from South and Meso America: Yuam Pravia, Larry Salomon, Mara Barrigon, Mark Rivas, Dina Júc, Carlos Doviaza and Diana Rios. Hear them say in their mother tongue, If Not Us Then Who?

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    Fernando Manurung

    Fernando Manurung adalah seorang pemuda yang berasal dari masyarakat Tano Batak, Toba Samosir dan merupakan salah satu anggota Barisan Pemuda Adat Nusantara (BPAN) yang mendapatkan pelatihan menulis untuk peningkatan kapasitas diri.

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    Nedine Helena Sulu

    Nedine Helena Sulu, indigenous youth from Tombulu Pineleng, Minahasa. She is one of the initiators of the campaign to reject the formal education system that puts aside traditional culture.

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    Ivan Jaripio Embera Piriati

    Ivan Jaripio

    Ivan Jaripio is an Embera filmmaker who has won awards with his short films exploring Embera identity and the stories of his community Piriati in the south of Panama. He is part of the Embera youth cultural collective Dji Ta Wagadi who are working to reclaim their culture through filmmaking, storytelling, painting, language, music and dance.In this video Ivan speaks from the UN Biodiversity Conference, COP13 in Cancun, Mexico.

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    Susana Dominguez

    Susana Dominguez is an Hñahñu (Otomí) graduate of language and cultura from San Cristobal, Michoacán, Mexico. In this video she speaks from the UN Biodiversity Conference in Cancún about the experience of meeting other young indigenous leaders and filmmakers, and being inspired to make films herself.

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    Yuam Pravia

    Yuam Pravia, Miskitu youth leader and representative of Masta Miskitu, speaks at the UN Biodiversity Conference COP13 about the importance that indigenous peoples stand united.

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    Larry Salomon

    Larry Salomon is a Mayangna youth leader from Nicaragua. In this video he talks about the challenges that young people face to take on their ancestors’ legacy and ensure that economic development in their communities remains true to their cultural identity.

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    Dina Júc

    Dina Júc is a youth leader from the Utz Che‘ Association in Guatemala. In this video she asks the Guatemalan authorities to respect the equilibrium that their communities have with their forests and to respect their rights as indigenous people.

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    Mara Barrigon

    Mara Barrigon is a jagua painter (traditional Embera body paint) and part of the Embera cultural collective Dji Ta Wagadi, which is working to reclaim their culture through filmmaking, storytelling, painting, language, music and dance. In this video Mara speaks about her experience in the UN Biodiversity Conference COP13 in Cancun, Mexico.

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    If Not Us Then Who

    Diana Rios

    Diana Rios is an Ashaninka youth leader from Alto-Tamaya Saweto in the central Peruvian rainforest. In this video she speaks about the urgency of acting now while we still have forests.

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    Carlos Doviaza

    Specialist in community forest monitoring, Carlos works for the strengthening of indigenous rights in the context of REDD+ in Panama for COONAPIP (National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama).

Playlist - Indigenous Youth Movement

The future of the world’s forests depend on youth, especially youth from indigenous communities.
Introducing you to  some of the indigenous youth from South and Meso America. From March 2017 we have been adding youth from Indonesia.

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