Two world-changing events ran in parallel in Glasgow on Monday, November 1st 2021. In one part of the city was the COP26 World Leaders Summit, in another was our Listening Session, also coined ‘The Real World Leaders on Climate’. Indigenous leaders from seven nations spoke to an audience of influential leaders sharing the necessary steps they consider urgent to meaningfully address the escalating social and environmental challenges we face.
Some of the leaders in the audience included; environmental lawyer and activist Farhana Yamin; Ugandan climate justice activist Vanessa Nakate; Kenyan environment and climate activist Elizabeth Wathuti; co-founder of US Youth Climate Strike Alexandria Villaseñor; business entrepreneur and philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs; Greenpeace Executive Communications director Danni Taaffe; Conservation International founder Peter Seligmann.
Our thanks go to everybody involved, especially the Indigenous speakers. Below you can find their bios:
Chief Ninawa Huni Kuin opened the event singing prayers of the Huni Kuin People who inhabit the Amazon in the state of Acre in Brazil. Ninawa chairs the Federation of the Huni Kuin people (which means “true people”) acting as a spokesperson for nearly 10,400 Indigenous people in 90 villages in two Indigenous territories in five provinces in Acre. He’s a healer and an activist for the rights of indigenous people.
Tom B.K. Goldtooth is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, an environmental, climate, and economic justice activist, speaker, film producer, and Indigenous rights leader within the climate and environmental justice and indigenous movement. Tom is active in local, national, and international levels as an advocate for building healthy and sustainable Indigenous communities based upon the foundation of Indigenous traditional knowledge. Tom has served as executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) since 1996.