Have you read the Opening Statement of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus at COP26? 

Photo by IISD/ENB Mike Muzurakis

At the launch of COP26, Taily de Faria Marcos Terena of the Terena Indigenous Peoples of Brazil delivered the powerful Opening Statement of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus on behalf of representatives from the seven socio-cultural regions of the world.

Challenging the gathered political negotiators, the statement declares, “Indigenous Peoples are affected first and worst by climate change, and by colonial climate action, yet we drive critical climate solutions rooted in our relationships with the living world…

Colonialism caused climate change. Our rights and traditional knowledge are the solution.”

Click here for the entire statement at Indigenous Climate Action. Would you share the message with your communities?

Intrigued to learn more about what’s happening at COP26 day to day?

Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) is a balanced, timely, and independent reporting service on United Nations environment and development negotiations. To keep aware of the proceedings, check the latest news from the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.