Youth Indigenous Activist’s Message to Trump and Bolsonaro

“These governments are trying to lead us to extinction." Teenage climate activist Artemisa Xakriaba has a message from the indigenous community to Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro.

Greta Thunberg takes climate protest to the US

Brazilian Amazonian Indigenous leader Artemisa Xakriaba gives a speech during media event with other environmental activists including Swedish Greta Thurnberg on Capitol Hill September 17, 2019 in Washington,DC. - Thunberg spoke forcefully on September 16, 2019 in Washington,DC about the "destruction" of the planet and the large-scale deaths that could come about as a result of climate change, water and air pollution and the destruction of food chains.

“I am here representing the more than 25 million indigenous people and members of traditional communities united by the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities. This alliance is formed by four organizations from Brazil, the Amazon basin, Mesoamerica, and Indonesia, which together protect 600 hectares of forest. We are the main guardians of the forest. We, indigenous people, depend on nature, that is our mother and our territory because that is what keeps us alive. But we are being persecuted, threatened, and murdered. Last year alone, 164 defenders of the environment were killed. Almost one every second day. We cannot accept that another drop of indigenous blood be spilled. This is my first time in the United States, and I appreciate my opportunity to be here. I know this is the richest country in the world, but it is also the one who has emitted the most gasses that cause climate change. But these gasses, because the planet’s atmosphere has no borders, have negative impact in the world, not just here. My territory is in Brazil, in the dry highlands the Cerrado. Even the young can see this biome disappearing and our native plants dying due to lack of water. If it goes on like this, 20 years from now, my homeland will become a desert. My people will be at risk of becoming history,” Artemisa Xakriaba states.

On September 21, 2019, Thunberg, along with 500 other teen activists, will convene for the first ever Youth Climate Summit at the UN headquarters, a testament to the growing power of a movement that has succeeded in popularizing the term "climate emergency" over the past year.


09/17/2019 8:43 PMupdated: 09/18/2019 3:52 PM
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  • Alam G.
    09/18/2019 16:32


  • Jonathan S.
    09/18/2019 19:28

    Engraçado é ver índio com hylux 2019 pra cima e pra baixo aqui no Amazonas coitadinhos deles

  • Ralph V.
    09/18/2019 19:55

    Those feathers can not be legal for import? Sense when do Natives pluck their eyebrows so carefully, and curl their eye lashes. FAKE!! I love the big city white girl hair cut too.

  • Akarsh N.
    09/19/2019 09:04

    You know Donald trump is responsible for everything bad happening in the world, that's all you want to know : paid media

  • Ksungkaung
    09/19/2019 14:03


  • Scotty D.
    09/19/2019 14:26

    Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah

  • Arturo R.
    09/19/2019 20:00

    Yo la apollo pero debe de saber que son los chinos los que están haciendo carreteras ,represas ,fábricas y obras permanentes acambio de minería

  • Derick C.
    09/19/2019 23:19

    Save our 🌎

  • Daniel R.
    09/19/2019 23:45


  • Richard G.
    09/20/2019 01:20


  • Jerome E.
    09/20/2019 11:41

    It's time to stop talking and put on your war hat.....these species will not stop unless they are stopped by force..

  • Penny G.
    09/20/2019 19:24

    I agree that this should be brought to the table, so to say. People need to be informed of truths and always seeking truth. I support Trump but this needs to be put out there. True DAT!

  • Eric R.
    09/20/2019 20:48


  • Tammy K.
    09/21/2019 00:10

    Very moving

  • Jose H.
    09/21/2019 03:35

    We need nature to survive if not we are going to die

  • Jeziel R.
    09/21/2019 13:13

    Jehova Dios cuide a nuestra tierra de los seres humanos perverzo. Que se llenan las manos con la maldad. Oremos a?Jehova para que pronto traiga su reino y esto se acabe ya. La maldad de Satanas se acabe para siempre junto al hombre que ha destruido todo a su paso. Jehova Dios bendiga su creacion. Todo es de el. Amen.

  • Mushtaq A.
    09/21/2019 15:46


  • Anthony R.
    09/21/2019 17:23

    We must listen... Tommorow is too late... The Children of all living organisms are Crying... There loosing the only love They have the love of a Mother.. Earth is not just a bowl of Minerals.. It's home..

  • Vohlm O.
    09/21/2019 22:12

    appreciate the message but it comes from another tool of a person being used to push a narrative , the US the biggest pollutant in the world? , has she seen or heard of China or india , no i dont think so because china's pollution fog blacks out even satellite visuals , im pretty sure its not just the US buying paper from the amazon , but yeah stop pushing the whole blame everything on US narrative and the message is one everyone should agree with , ease off on exploiting nature

  • Kevin S.
    09/22/2019 01:03