Indigenous climate action group Te Ara Whatu to attend United Nations forum in Chile 2019.
For more than 30 years, governments from around the world have gathered together and attempted to build productive dialogue towards climate change solutions. For the last 25 years these United Nations conferences have been known as COP.
This year, COP25 will be held in Santiago, Chile, after Brazil’s newest president withdrew Brazil as 2019 hosts. COP is expected to bring more than 20,000 people to the South American city.
Te Ara Whatu first attended COP in Bonn 2017. Building on relationships and mahi completed in the last few years, we are delighted to see that SustainUS will also be funding an indigenous delegation to attend from the US in Chile this year.
Te Ara Whatu will take a group of eight indigenous rangatahi to COP25. This group will be led by two Te Ara Whatu members, and COP alumni Nakia Randle and Kaeden Watts. Both Nakia and Kaeden played instrumental roles in campaigning for indigenous rights at COP24 in Katowice, Poland last year.
The six other rangatahi chosen are Haylee Koroi, Nicole Hunt, Nate Rew, Emily Muli, Freya Schaumkel, and Tiana Jakicevich. You can learn about the delegation here.
In the lead up to the December conference, this delegation will be going through rigorous preparations, including education, wānanga, and fundraising in order to attend the conferece.
Te Ara Whatu is a network of Māori and Pacific youth based in Aotearoa. We stand for indigenous sovereignty and climate action. We envision a world, bound by the vast ocean, where indigenous peoples and our knowledge can be centered as climate solutions.
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