Greta Thunberg besucht Pine Ridge und Standing Rock Reservation

Wir freuen uns für die vielen Lakota-Aktivist*innen in den beiden Reservationen über diesen Besuch. Als Menschenrechtsgruppe, die bereits seit über 15 Jahren auf den Zusammenhang von Umweltzerstörung, Menschenrechtsverletzungen, Verletzung indigener Angelegenheiten und gesellschaftliche Spaltungsprozesse als Folge kapitalistischer Profitorientierung, herrschender Energiepolitik und Hegemonialpolitik der herrschenden Großmächte (USA, Russland, China, Australien, Kanada, Europa) hinweist, ist dies ein um so wichtigeres Zeichen, denn es benötigt weltweite neue Bündnisse im Kampf gegen Ausbeutung von Mensch und Natur. Unser Verein hat in diesem Jahr verstärkt die o.g. Zusammenhänge thematisiert: bei Reden für FridaysforFuture in Offenbach, bei Reden am Hambacher Wald, in Hamburg bei der Veranstaltung WATER IS LIFE, beim Global Climate Action Day in Frankfurt. Hier nun der Text, der uns von Tokata Iron Eyes vom Lakota Peoples Law Project erreicht hat.

Dear Dr. Mike,

I’m excited to share with you that my friend, Greta Thunberg, is joining me for three events over the next three days in Lakota Country. More on that in a minute, but first, let me introduce myself. I’m Tokata Iron Eyes, daughter of Chase Iron Eyes, whom you have heard from many times in the past.

My father’s work on behalf of Native justice and environmental concerns is also my work. I will add that, as a young woman of color, I focus much of my energy on the issues of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and the climate crisis, as they are particularly close to my heart. I may be a high school junior, but I have already traveled the world and made many appearances to speak on these critical topics, including at January’s Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

Greta Thunberg, Tokata Iron Eyes, and Jamie Margolin


Greta Thunberg (L), Jamie Margolin (C), and me in Washington, D.C.

I met Greta on a later trip to the capital. We were both in town to speak at an Amnesty International event. Being both the same age and vocal climate warriors, we quickly found that we have much in common, even though our backgrounds may look different.

As you likely know, Greta comes from Sweden, where, at 15, she began protesting a lack of climate action in Parliament. From there, she quickly rose to worldwide prominence, organizing school climate strikes, giving a TED Talk, and appearing on the cover of Time magazine.

I felt it was important to invite her to come see my homelands, and I’m so happy she accepted my invitation. We’ll be speaking on my home campus of Red Cloud Indian School tomorrow at 5 p.m. MST, then hosting an event in Rapid City on Monday before heading to Standing Rock, where I spent most of my earlier years, on Tuesday at 10 a.m. CST.

Together, we want to share our mutual inspiration to take action on the climate with more kids — and with adults, too. Our struggles here against the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines are the tip of the spear in a global effort to move away from fossil fuels and begin living more conscious lives together, in harmony with our Grandmother Earth.

I can’t wait to share more with you later in the week. In the meantime, you can catch a video stream of our talk at Red Cloud at the Lakota People’s Law Project Facebook page. Stay tuned!

Pilamaya — I appreciate your solidarity with our struggle!

Tokata Iron Eyes
The Lakota People’s Law Project

Lakota People’s Law Project
547 South 7th Street #149
Bismarck, ND 58504-5859

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