Te Ara Whatu || OUR DELEGATION TO COP23
Where we started.
In 2017 Te Ara Whatu attended COP23 in Bonn, Germany as the first indigenous youth delegation to attend the UN Climate Talks.
With historic environmental destruction, cultural harm done to indigenous communities by the fossil fuel industry, rising sea levels and increasing droughts, climate change has drastically altered what it means to be a young person in this time in history. This is why we go to the climate talks — to push for solutions that centre the needs of our peoples, to act in solidarity with our indigenous whanaunga from around the world and learn from experts in the kaupapa.
Every year, countries meet to co-ordinate international efforts to address climate change. In 2015 the Paris Agreement was made. Since then the climate talks have been focussed on how this agreement will be implemented. In December 2017, we made our presence known as the first ever indigenous youth delegation organised by indigenous youth.
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We have some awesome mates in media who gave us some coverage some over COP23, click any of the links below to hear more on what we got up to!