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Mobilizing the Next Generation on Climate Justice and Indigenous Rights

  • Aeroport de Paris-Le Bourget 180 Esplanade de l’Air et de l’Espace, 93350 Paris France (map)

Organizers: Global Greengrants Fund; Indigenous Environmental Network; Amazon Watch

This session aims to bring the voices of a youth-led panel into the discussion of indigenous solutions and activism for climate justice. Indigenous youth activists from North and South America, Africa and Asia will share their visions and experiences on the ground mobilizing around environmental and climate justice. As frontline activists, indigenous youth have taken on the oil and coal industries drawing on their creativity, commitment, and traditions, and are now the leaders of a growing global climate justice movement. Each presenter will briefly describe their work, focusing on the strategies and tools they use to connect their realities to a wider dialogue on environmental change. Each presenter will share video, photos or a story of an innovative event they held. They will each speak to how youth are key connectors for bridging local, national and international dialogue, through their mobility, their use of technology, and their creativity. After the individual five-minute presentations, the moderator will use a talk-show format to prompt interesting points of discussion and engage the audience.


  • Nina Gualinga, indigenous youth leader from Sarayuka (Ecuador)
  • Representative from Lummi Nation Youth (Washington, US / British Columbia, Canada)
  • Ekai Nabenyo, Turkana, Lorengelup Community Initiative (Kenya)
  • Jhontoni, Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) (Indonesia)

Moderator: Nnimmo Bassey, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (Nigeria)

Location: Indigenous Peoples Pavilion (Auditorium) 

Contact: Allison Davis,

 Languages: English/Spanish/Indonesian