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Activist Thunberg turns spotlight on Indigenous struggle at climate summit – Net Newsledger

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 201917 Views

December 10, 2019

Indigenous activists argue that their communities contribute almost none of the fossil fuels emissions driving climate change, but bear the brunt of its effects

MADRID (Reuters) – Teen activist Greta Thunberg turned a spotlight on the struggles of the world’s indigenous peoples against climate change on Monday, appearing at a U.N. summit alongside other young campaigners furious at the West’s failure to tackle the crisis.

Indigenous communities from the United States to South America and Australia have mounted increasingly vocal campaigns against new fossil fuel projects in recent years, finding common cause with the young European activists inspired by Thunberg.

Pursued by a media scrum ever since arriving at the two-week conference last week after crossing the Atlantic by catamaran, Thunberg stayed largely silent during her first official appearance at the summit, to allow a young Native American, a Ugandan, a Philippine and a Pacific islander to speak.

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