Actress and model Cara Delevingne has made no secret of the urgency required in combating climate change. In February, Delevingne launched her latest campaign #MyEcoResolutions, encouraging us all to make promises to ourselves and others about how we will take action to fight climate change. As the year comes to a close, the actress is reminding us of our vows once again, delivering a powerful speech during the the 2020 YOUNGA climate change forum.
Highlighting the irreversible impacts deforestation and Covid-19 have had on the Amazon and the rainforest's indigenous people, Delevingne stresses the importance of making 'ecocide' – a term used to describe the mass damage and destruction of nature – an international crime.
“This is a moment like no other in history," she says. "It's a moment where many millions of us have slowed down and millions of us are thinking more deeply about the way we live."
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Delevingne continues by bringing our attention to the damaging effects climate change has had on the lives of indigenous people living within the Amazon, sharing that additional impacts of Covid-19 have had devastating repercussions for their community.
"These wisdom-keepers of the forest protect and defend the Amazon for all of us. It’s up to us to support them and we can do that right now by giving to the Amazon Emergency Fund. I urge you to support as generously as you can—to help provide rapid response supplies like food, medical care, emergency communications and evacuation, and help with protection and community resilience across the Amazon region."
The YOUNGA forum unites more than 1,500 youth delegates across more than 100 countries – an initiative developed from BridgingTheGap Ventures. The Canadian youth-led and women-led social enterprise focuses on developing and supporting youth innovation and youth talent development to create a future of decision-makers and industry leaders that is more empowered, connected and collaborative.