Pacific Warrior Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner has another powerful message to world leaders:
“On behalf of my Climate Warrior brothers and sisters from across Oceania, I want to challenge world leaders to put an end to the era of fossil fuels once and for all.”
“The fossil fuel industry is the biggest threat to our very existence as Pacific Islanders. We stand to lose our homes, our communities and our culture. But we are fighting back. This coming Friday thirty Pacific Climate Warriors, joined by hundreds of Australians, will peacefully blockade the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia using our traditional canoes.
United we will stand up to the fossil fuel industry and world leaders must join this fight in order to stand on the right of history.
With our heads raised high the people of the Pacific are not drowning, we are fighting. The biggest threat to our homes is the fossil fuel industry and we will not rest until our very existence is no longer threatened by their greed and endless extraction.
I stood before world leaders at the United Nations last month to remind them that the price of inaction on climate change is high for the whole world. To tackle it we need a drastic change from the course we are currently on. The Pacific Warriors are here to remind the world what that change of course entails.
It entails freeing ourselves from the stranglehold of the fossil fuel industry once and for all.
The choice to make this happen is within reach as in the case of the divestment movement which serves to directly challenge the social license of the industry.
It’s time for us all to stand with the Pacific Climate Warriors and all frontline communities around the world who will be hit first and worst by the catastrophic climate change if the fossil fuel industry continues unchallenged.
It is time to show the fossil fuel industry we are united in the fight for the future of this world!”