Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish activist, has become one of the most visible faces of the climate activism movement. She’s had a particular gift for articulating the seriousness of the climate crisis and getting older generations to understand that young people will pay the price for their irresponsible decisions. But what’s even more encouraging is that she’s not alone. There are young people around the world who are drawing attention to climate change in their own communities. “There is no difference between an indigenous young activist like myself and an indigenous young activist like Greta,” 19-year-old Artemisa Xakriabá said in a speech at the climate strike in New York last Friday. “Our futures are connected by the same threats of the climate crisis.” Autumn Peltier , a 13-year-old Anishinaabe girl from Wiikwemkoong First Nation in Canada, has been a vocal advocate for protecting water. “Many people don’t think water is alive or has a spirit,” she said, in a speech at the United Nations. “My people believe this to be true. . . . We believe that water is sacred because we are born of water and live in water for nine months. . . . My heart is […]


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