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The Indigenous Teen Who Confronted Trudeau About Unsafe Water Took On the UN – VICE

by ahnationtalk on October 1, 201957 Views

Autumn Peltier is 15, Indigenous, and fighting for everyone around the world to have clean drinking water.

Indigenous peoples and people of color are disproportionately affected by our global climate crisis. But in the mainstream green movement and in the media, they are often forgotten or excluded. This is Tipping Point, a new VICE series that covers environmental justice stories about and, where possible, written by people in the communities experiencing the stark reality of our changing planet.

“We can’t eat money and we can’t drink oil,” Autumn Peltier told world leaders at the United Nations on Saturday during a weeklong global summit on climate change. “One day I will be an ancestor and I want my descendants to know that I used my voice so that they could have a future.”

Peltier is a 15 year old citizen of Wiikwemkoong First Nation. As the Chief Water Commissioner for the Anishinabek Nation, she represents more than 40 First Nations in Ontario, many of whom, lack clean drinking water. In Peltier’s speech to the U.N., she urged world leaders to use their power to ensure people around the world have access to safe drinking water. “Water is a basic human right,” she said.

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