COP27: Indigenous Climate Expert Gives Speech at COP27 World Leaders Summit

November 9, 2022

COP27: Indigenous Climate Expert Gives Speech at COP27 World Leaders Summit

“We have to center rights and community wellbeing if we are really going to develop the holistic solutions and approaches that are necessary to truly enable effective action for a just transition for people and the planet.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 9, 2022

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – Yesterday, November 8th, at COP27’s U.S. Center, NDN Collective’s Janene Yazzie provided an essential Indigenous lens to opening statements at the COP27 World Leaders Summit that kicked off the global conference. 

Janene Yazzie, NDN Collective Southwest Regional Director, provides opening remarks for the COP27 Leaders Summit on Tuesday, November 8th. Photo powered by NDN Collective.

“When we leave spaces like this, we don’t have the luxury to decide whether or not we take action on climate change,” said Janene Yazzie, Southwest Regional Director at NDN Collective. “We do not have the privilege to address climate change in a silo, because we are living with the cumulative impacts of extractive industries – and that’s what gives us the ability to present solutions that truly do work for all peoples and the planet. We cannot sit by and adopt solutions that try to convince us that nuclear power and energy are an acceptable form of energy. 

“We have to center rights and community wellbeing if we are really going to develop the holistic solutions and approaches that are necessary to truly enable effective action for a just transition for people and the planet.”

Yazzie is from the Diné Nation in the Southwestern United States and has worked at the international level for Indigenous rights for the past decade. She is an expert on climate finance, Indigenous science, youth/future generations, adaptation, water, gender & climate justice, and false solutions. 

Stay up to date on all COP27 News by visiting NDN Collective’s COP27 Page.

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NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms. 

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