Sweden’s 16 year-old climate activist, Greta Thunberg made headlines last week when she addressed world leaders at the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Devoted to fight against climate change, Thunberg voiced her concern at the lack of action from leaders, urging them, amongst other things, to put the climate crises before ‘‘business as usual’’ and warned: ‘’The world is waking up. And change is coming, whether you like it or not.’’
While many world leaders deny climate science in favour of short term profit, across the world, young activists like Greta, are part the fight. Their futures depend on it!
As a reminder that Greta is not alone, photographer, model and writer Darby Freeman tweeted out a couple of them: “Along with Greta Thunberg, three young climate activists of color you should know are Autumn Peltier, Mari Copeny, Xiye Bastida,” she wrote. “Don’t forget their names and include them in climate conversations.”
The Internet responded. Darby’s tweet has already accumulated over 70K likes and 29K retweets and people posted reminders of other important climate activists.
Young climate activists of the world would do well to join forces and show the so called world leaders how to lead.
Autumn Peltier (born 2004) is Anishinaabe-kwe and a member of the Wikwemikong First Nation as well as an internationally recognized advocate for clean water. Also known as the “water warrior,” Peltier addressed world leaders at the UN General Assembly on the issue of water protection at the age of thirteen in 2018.
She began her advocacy on behalf of water at the age of eight after being inspired by her great aunt, Josephine Mandamin.
Mari Copeny (also known as ‘Little Miss Flint’) is an 11 year-old activist who fights for the children of Flint, Michigan. At only 8 years old, Mari and her siblings were told not to turn on the water in their city after news broke of a water crisis. During this difficult time, instead of feeling helpless, Mari decided to help out her community and to fight for the kids in Flint and she has not stopped since.
Bastida has experienced the effects of climate change firsthand. She grew up around drought and then heavy rainfall and flooding in her hometown of San Pedro Tultepec, a town outside of Mexico City. When she and her family moved to New York City four years ago, she learned about the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Now, she has devoted herself to bringing diverse people together to stop the damage.