This is an incredible poem that brought a standing ovation from all the world leaders.
Jatnil-Kijiner talks passionately in her poem about the effects of climate change, especially in her own country. Her poem addresses her land, her ‘mother’, and promises that they as a nation will not let her down.
I wouldn’t expect such a presentation at this event, but I was pleasantly surprised that her voice could be heard in such a compelling way. The video below is from 2014, but I believe the message will stay for a longer time yet.
Check it out.
Presidents and diplomats aren’t the only ones calling for climate action at the United Nations. During the opening ceremony of today’s climate summit, Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner—a 26-year-old poet from the Marshall Islands—spoke eloquently about the threat that rising seas pose to her country.
Jetnil-Kijiner warned delegates of the high price of inaction and described the current challenge as a “race to save humanity.”