Future Ancestors // Tuntiak Kotan, Shuar People, Equador
To all the brothers of indigenous and local communities that live in the #Arctic, I want to say to you that just like the indigenous communities of the tropical forest, we are connected. The arctic ice and tropical forests are regulators of the water, air and the climate, and for this reason we need to unite and create an effort, an alliance, of communities that live in these places who know the nature and animals. We must safeguard indigenous communities, safeguard the biodiversity, as well as the cultures. That way we can offer to the world that we, the indigenous peoples and local communities, are the guaranteed stewards, so we can all go on surviving for many years.
And that is why we ask for respect to safeguard those territories of indigenous populations, the remaining biodiversity on the planet. I am here as a representative of the nations of the #Amazon to say to the world, to the governments of the world, and all of society that we, the indigenous populations of the equatorial Amazon can guarantee the existence of a vibrant forest ecosystem, forests resources benefit not just indigenous populations but all of humanity. We ask governments here @unfccc @cop24.katowice to respect our rights, our territories, our identity, our culture, and our way of life.
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