Poet Calls Out World Leaders in Stirring Speech on Climate Change


If you need yet another reality check on the very real climate changes issues we face, watch this video of Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner’s wonderful presentation to the United Nations.

Jetnil-Kijiner was chosen from over 500 candidates to speak to the United Nations and “represent the voice of civil society.” She hails from the Marshall Islands, a nation comprised of 1,156 individual islands and islets in the northern Pacific Ocean which, as you can image, is particularly vulnerable in the face of climate change.

The 26-year-old poet addresses the assembly and then reads a poem she wrote for her daughter about the “race to save humanity.” She calls out “blindfolded bureaucracies” and and promises her daughter that: “No one’s drowning, baby/ No one’s moving/ No one’s losing their homeland/No one’s become a climate change refugee/Or should I say, no one else”

H/t Mother Jones

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