Joik to mother earth calls to change the world
Sámi traditional Joik entered the streets of London and Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska said:
“Together we can change this.”
Thousands of people marched through the streets of London to call upon the leaders when they meet in Paris for climate negotiations. Representing the Sámi people among other indigenous peoples in the frontlines of the march in London, Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska said that:
- Together we have a strong voice and together we change this for the better. Please join us in the joik.
Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska is from Sápmi, which is an area that covers northern Scandinavia and Russia and spans over Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. She performed the joik “We Speak Earth” dressed in traditional Sámi clothes, gákti.
She walked together with Sámi artists, reindeer herders and activists on the streets of London on Sunday for a better climate. The climate change is concerning the Sámi people and other indigenous peoples because they can experience the effects of climate change today. Their traditional lifestyle is threatened as reindeer herding, fishing and hunting becomes more difficult when climate change.
- I got very happy when a woman came to me afterwards and told that she had gained strength to work towards a better climate. That she felt like she can make an effort.
Apart from participation in the climate march, representatives of indigenous peoples are also in Paris during the climate meeting in Paris to influence political leaders that will negotiate a new climate agreement.
Do you think this march can have an effect on the Paris meeting?
- If you see what’s happened in history, you see how big assemblies of people can change things. And I think if we are standing together the politicians have to listen to us, say Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska.
Here you find the indigenous peoples' position statements and lobbying document for COP21
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