At water summit, Indigenous youth speak up about the climate future they want
It was the last session at a recent One Water Summit in Tucson, Arizona, and some of the Indigenous youth speakers about to present were not sure if anyone would show up. The three-day One Water Summit, which takes place annually in different U.S. cities, brought together top leaders from the Environmental Protection Agency, key Colorado River stakeholders, and others discussing recent political actions and highly-debated solutions to water issues like drought, flooding and clean water. Would those important figures be interested in hearing from youth? It turns out, yes. After youth speakers presented during a session focused on Indigenous-based water solutions, several attendees in the room were in tears. The young panelists’ words were that powerful.