'Language shouldn't be a barrier' Indigenous youth request the use of indigenous languages at COP26
Mother Nature, or Pachamama, is at the center of the dialogue at the crucial UN climate conference, COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. For nearly three decades, the UN has been bringing together nearly every country in the world for world climate summits, called COPs, which stands for "Conference of the Parties." In that time, climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.
This year will be the 26th annual summit, giving it the name of COP26. With the UK as chair, COP26 takes place in Glasgow.
In the lead up to COP26, the UK is working with all nations to reach an agreement on how to tackle climate change. World leaders will arrive in Scotland, along with tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, leaders and indigenous peoples during twelve days of talks.
There are delegations of indigenous peoples and indigenous youth actively participating during COP26. Roxana Borda, a young indigenous Quechua from the Cusco region, is part of COP26, Borda is a member of the Network of indigenous youth of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Roxana Borda is a Quechua woman from the province of La Convencion, Cuzco, who defends the rights of indigenous peoples, particularly as a climate activist. Currently, she assumed the national coordination of Peru at the 16th UN Climate Change Youth Conference (COY 16). As a member of the Network of Indigenous Youth of Latin America and the Caribbean (RED-LAC), she has promoted the role of indigenous youth at the local, regional and international levels in the UN mechanisms for the defense of the Amazon.
During her speech , she showed the importance of Mother Earth for our survival and how we have overexploited nature's resources, deforested land for agriculture and the livestock industry, while climate change is now exacerbating that process faster than ever, increasing erosion and desertification.
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"Language shouldn’t be a barrier to participate in decision taking spaces, such as COP26, it should be in our indigenous languages," says Roxana Borda about the importance of the use of indigenous languages in spaces for dialogue.
It is clear that humanity is "waging a war against nature," as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said several times in recent months, urging more action. In this way, indigenous leaders, women and youth are present at COP 26 so that their voices are heard and finally, achieve a change at COP 26 for the protection of Mother Earth.