Number 2 – Nemonte Nenquimo
Nemonte Nenquimo shattered the illusions of the western conservation world with an emotional and groundbreaking speech called “This is my Message to the Western World”. Every once in a while a speech goes down in history as marking a crucial turning point, this was one such moment. Nemonte is a Waorani woman, a mother and the leader of her people. She lives in the Amazon rainforest and brutally deconstructed the vast majority of modern conservation arguments with her direct and powerful speech to the world.
“We Indigenous people are fighting to save the Amazon, but the whole planet is in trouble because you do not respect it. You forced your civilisation upon us and now look where we are: global pandemic, climate crisis, species extinction and, driving it all, widespread spiritual poverty.”
We implore you to read her full speech and she is truly deserving of the number 2 spot on the list.
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