September 4, 2019

The Intercept Presents “The Right to a Future,” an Evening Hosted by Naomi Klein and Featuring Climate Activists Greta Thunberg, Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Xiye Bastida, Vic Barrett, and Tuntiak Katan

New York, NY On September 9, The Intercept will present  “The Right to a Future,” an evening hosted by senior correspondent Naomi Klein, author of the coming book “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” and headlined by trailblazing climate activist Greta Thunberg, author of “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference.” 

Together with youth leaders Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Xiye Bastida, and Vic Barrett, as well as Amazon-based Indigenous leader Tuntiak Katan, Greta and Naomi will confront our climate emergency, help us visualize a just and sustainable future, and discuss the emerging cross-generational, multiracial, transnational movement — including people of all races, classes, and backgrounds — that is our best hope for a sustainable planet.

“Greta Thunberg and other young climate activists have built an unprecedented global movement to demand a just, fossil fuel-free future, ” wrote The Intercept Editor-in-Chief Betsy Reed. “I’m thrilled that Intercept senior correspondent Naomi Klein will be hosting an evening focused on their vision of a sustainable planet.” 

“For anyone interested in building a world that works for all of us, you won’t want to miss this event from The Intercept,” said Tamara Toles O’Laughlin, North America Director. “Around the world, young people are catalyzing the urgent need to tackle the climate crisis: from the September 20th Global Climate Strikes to the week for climate action, toward 2020 and beyond. The incredible youth leaders featured in this event represent a generation demanding transformative action now; it’s time to meet that call.”

Both a celebration of youth activism and a reflection on how to break through the political and economic barriers preventing meaningful climate action, the night will also feature other young activists who are working to secure a thriving future for many generations to come. This event takes place days before the Global Climate Strikes starting September 20 and the U.N. Climate Action Summit on September 23.

“The Right to a Future” will lead to a week of climate coverage, starting September 15, by Intercept reporters working on all journalistic beats. The effort is part of “Covering Climate Now,” a project co-founded by The Nation and the Columbia Journalism Review, in partnership with The Guardian, that “aims to convene and inform a conversation among journalists about how all news outlets can do justice to the defining story of our time.” 

For more information on the event or press credentials, please reach out Rodrigo Brandão at [email protected].

What: “The Right to a Future”

Date: Monday, September 9, 2019

Time: 6:30 p.m. EDT

Where: New York Society for Ethical Culture

Address: 2 West 64th Street, New York, NY 10023

About The Intercept:

The Intercept is an award-winning nonprofit news organization dedicated to holding the powerful accountable through fearless, adversarial journalism. Its in-depth investigations and unflinching analysis focus on surveillance, war, corruption, the environment, technology, criminal justice, the media and more.

About is a global movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led 100% renewable energy for all. Globally, is supporting the youth-led Global Climate Strikes demanding world governments, elected officials, and decision-makers at all levels commit to transformative action on the climate crisis. 


Naomi Klein: Naomi Klein is a senior correspondent at The Intercept and the inaugural Gloria Steinem-endowed chair of media, culture, and feminist studies at Rutgers University. She is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author, most recently of “On Fire: The Burning Case for A Green New Deal.” She has also written “The Battle for Paradise,” “No Is Not Enough,” “This Changes Everything,” “The Shock Doctrine,” and “No Logo.”

Greta Thunberg: Born in 2003, Greta Thunberg is a Swedish student who raised further global awareness of the problems posed by climate change, specifically by holding politicians to account for their lack of action.

Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez: Xiuhtezcatl is the youth director for Earth Guardians, a hip-hop artist, and a plaintiff in Juliana v. United States, a constitutional climate lawsuit against the government. He is of Indigenous Mexican heritage and a descendent of Mexica Aztec people.

Vic Barrett: Vic is also a plaintiff in Juliana v. United States and a fellow with Alliance for Climate Education. He’s a Honduran American of Garifuna descent and was 11 when Superstorm Sandy devastated his hometown of New York. 

Xiye Bastida: Xiye is a 17-year-old Indigenous Mexican American climate activist organizing in New York. She is a recipient of the Spirit of the United Nations Award, an organizer with Fridays for our Future, and a member of Peoples Climate Movement-NY’s core committee.

Tuntiak Katan: Tuntiak was born in the Tuutinentsa Shuar community, Morona Santiago Province, in the Amazonian region of Ecuador. Since 2000, he has worked on social, cultural, and environmental projects among the different cultures in the Amazon Basin. Currently, he is vice-coordinator of COICA and general coordinator of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities, grouped by the Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests (AMPB), Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (AMAN) from Indonesia, Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) and REPALEC from Democratic Republic of the Congo.