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“I survived the climate crisis so far, but what’s next?”
- Marinel Sumook Ubaldo (Climate change activist and speaker at the COP21 in Paris (the 2015 UN’s Climate Change Conference))
19:00-19:15 Bjoern Schimkat: Welcome and introduction to Amnesty International
19:15-20:00 Marinel Sumook Ubaldo: Fighting the climate crisis on the frontlines
In November 2013, Marinel Ubaldo had just turned 16 years old when Typhoon Yolanda swept away her village in the Philippines. It killed more than 6,000 people; injured at least 28,000, and destroyed the homes and livelihoods many, as it affected 16 million people.
Marinel and her family survived, huddled together for days with no food or drinking water; waiting for help from the outside world. This is when Marinel realized that it was the same outside world—and global heating—that was the cause of their misery.
At that moment, miserable, thirsty and hungry, she decided to become an activist. To campaign in defense of her people, all people. To demand that the corporations and governments responsible for their misery take responsibility, and develop an action plan to save us from disaster.
Join us to hear Marinel describe how she became an activist, and discuss how to support her and be more effective activists ourselves.
Marinel Sumook Ubaldo
Climate change activist and speaker at the COP21 in Paris (the 2015 UN’s Climate Change Conference)
Marinel Sumook Ubaldo is a young activist working to raise awareness of global heating. She spoke at the COP21 in Paris (the 2015 UN’s Climate Change Conference) and testified at an investigation in New York about corporate responsibility for climate change and human rights abuses. She conducts seminars for communities and students on environmental issues, climate change and climate justice. Marinel also helped organizing the global climate strike on 20 September 2019.