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Marinel Ubaldo / Philippines

Marinel Ubaldo / Philippines

Marinel Ubaldo / Philippines
In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, killing over 6,000 people. Marinel, who was 16 at the time, survived. Now 24, and a well-known youth activist, Marinel has spent years tirelessly campaigning for environmental rights and is demanding justice for her community. Marinel is fighting for other governments, especially of wealthier countries that have contributed the most to climate change, support countries who are and will be suffering the most from the devastating impacts of climate change. In 2018, she traveled to New York to speak in front of thousands of people gathered to protest environmental injustice. She calls out countries that have historically contributed most to climate change while not fully feeling its effects. “It’s important that they hear our stories, so they realize that it is affecting real people today.”“I’m here in front of you, not just as a climate statistic you see in the news, but I’m here as a human being  —  hoping to remind you that we need to value lives again,” she said at the event. “My story is only one of many, and I’m here to speak on behalf of the vulnerable and the marginalized communities  —  may our voices be heard.”

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