Miriam Miranda’s journey from Honduras for the People’s Climate Justice Summit put her in front of thousands of people in New York in September 2015. A leader of the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras (OFRANEH, a Grassroots International partner), Miriam and her community have been on the front lines of work for climate justice.
“We cannot accept nor perpetuate this supposed development which does not take into account or respect nature and the earth’s natural resources…We should and must have the obligation to leave water, air, food and secure the safety for our sons and daughters and other living things.”
OFRANEH won the 2015 Food Sovereignty Prize for its brave and dogged efforts to protect the economic, social, and cultural rights of 46 Garifuna communities along the Atlantic coast of Honduras. In her acceptance speech, Miriam said, “Our liberation starts because we can plant what we eat. This is food sovereignty. We need to produce to bring autonomy and the sovereignty of our peoples. If we continue to consume [only], it doesn’t matter how much we shout and protest. We need to become producers. It’s about touching the pocketbook, the surest way to overcome our enemies. It’s also about recovering and reaffirming our connections to the soil, to our communities, to our land.”