• Saturday, 22 June 2019

Stay courageous and be heard, because Mother Earth needs us all!

Raki Ap, a human rights and environmental activist who hails from West Papua and is now a civil servant in the Dutch Ministry of the Interior, will share his story of bridging worlds in the climate movement. His father Arnold Ap, a human rights leader, was killed by government forces just before Raki was born, and the family fled to the Netherlands, where he was raised and educated. Now, Raki works to provide Dutch activists, organizations and institutions with alternative, indigenous perspectives on the fight to address climate change. He’s managed to stop a Dutch pension fund from investing in unsustainable palm oil plantations in his homeland and has educated many young Dutch climate activists about the situation in West Papua. For Raki, the issues of human rights and climate are inextricably linked, and it’s the prerogative of the world’s citizens to take the lead in addressing them.