Country of Origin: Ecuador
My name is Leo Cerda from the Kichwa community of Serena in the Ecuadorian Amazon. I consider myself to be a climate activist and indigenous rights defender focusing on efforts to build a more just and sustainable society. Like many indigenous people at a young age I had no choice but to learn about the struggles of my people so, I started working with local grassroots organizations to create awareness about the environmental and cultural impacts caused by the oil industry.
I am the Founder of the HAKHU Project, a young organization that supports community-based economic initiatives as a way to fight against exploitative oil and mining development in the Ecuadorian Amazon. I currently serve and work with many organizations locally and internationally bridging indigenous community initiatives and international support.
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