Thousands of frontline community leaders and activists are rallying in Paris to promote grassroots solutions to climate change. Our own Sara Mersha and Chung-Wha Hong are there with them and sent these snapshots of people carrying the banner for climate justice in our lifetime.
“It’s important that women lead the struggle for climate justice. They are the ones who have been taking care of the land, water, natural resources, and life itself. Women on the march! Until all women are free!” —Graça Samo, pictured below, is the International Coordinator of the World March of Women, a Grassroots International grantee and ally.
“Our women are determined to make sure there is no mining or oil extraction in our territory… What we call kyam is a deep profound change that we need—we need to recover balance in the planet. It is time to transform ourselves.” —Patricia Gualinga (pictured below smiling, on the left) is an indigenous Kichwa leader from Sarayaku, Ecuador