Xiuhtezcatl, Indigenous Climate Activist at the High-level event on Climate Change

Author: General Assembly of the United Nations
Via The United Nations Live & On-demand | June 19, 2015


Remarks by Xiuhtezcatl, indigenous climate activist and Youth Director of Earth Guardians at the opening segment of the High-level event of the United Nations General Assembly on Climate Change (29 June 2015).

New York


2015 will be a critical year for the climate change negotiations under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The international community is expected to deliver a new, ambitious and universally binding agreement in Paris.

The President of the General Assembly convened a High-Level Event on climate change on 29 June 2015, which intended to provide impetus and political momentum for an ambitious climate agreement, by keeping the issue high on the agenda at the mid-point between COP20 in Lima and COP21 in Paris. It aimed also to provide space for showcasing climate action and concrete initiatives, through multi-stakeholder approaches to address climate change.

2015 will also be a decisive year in shaping the post 2015 development agenda and agreeing on a framework for financing for development. The road from Addis Ababa to New York and finally Paris will be central to the global efforts to improve lives, achieve sustainable development and preserve the planet for the present and future generations.



The High-level event consisted of:

A high-level opening session,
Two high-level interactive Panel discussions, and
A closing session.


Member States were invited to participate at the highest level. Representatives of the UN Agencies, the UNFCCC Secretariat as well as the private sector, civil society, academia and other relevant stakeholders were also encouraged to attend at the highest level possible.


The outcome is a President’s Summary, circulated to all Member States and other stakeholders.

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The dream that you are holding in your mind is possible!

Author: Martin Luther King (via Mateusz M)

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I don’t know what that dream is that you have. I don’t care how disappointing it might’ve been as you’ve been working toward that dream, but that dream that you’re holding in your mind, that it’s possible!

That some of you already know. That it’s hard, it’s not easy. It’s hard changing your life. That in the process, of working on your dreams, you are going to incur in a lot of disappointment, a lot of failure, a lot of pain. There are moments when you’re gonna doubt yourself. You said God, why, why is this happening to me? I’m just trying to take care of my children and my mother, I’m not trying to steal or rob from anybody. How does this have to happen to me? For those of you that have experience some hardships, don’t give up on your dream. The rough times are gonna come, but they have not come to stay, they have come to pass.


Greatness, is not this wonderful, esoteric, illusive, god-like feature that only the special among us will ever taste. It’s something that truly exists, in all of us.

It’s very important for you to believe, that you are the one. Most people, they raise a family, they earn a living and then they die. They stop growing, they stop working on themselves, they stop stretching, they stop pushing themselves. Then a lot of people like to complain but they don’t wanna do anything about their situation. And most people don’t work on their dreams, why? One is because of fear, the fear of failure, “what if things don’t work out”? And the fear of success, “what if they do and I can’t handle it”? These are not risk takers.

You spent so much time with other people, you spent some much time trying to get people to like you, you know other people more than you know yourself, you studied them, you know about them, you want hang out like them, you want to be just like them. And you know what? You’ve invested so much time on them, you don’t know who you are. I challenge you to spend time by yourself.


It’s necessary, that get the losers out of your life, if you want to live your dream. But people who are running towards their dreams, life have a special kind of meaning.

If you want to be more successful, if you want have and do stuff you never done before, I’m asking you, to invest in you! To invest in you!

Someone’s opinion of you, does not have to become your reality. That you don’t have to go through life, being a victim. And even though you face disappointments, you have to know within yourself. . . that I can do this, even if no one see it for me, I must see it for myself.

This is what I believe and I’m willing to die for it. Period.

No matter how bad it is or how bad it gets, I’m going to make it!

I wanna represent an idea. I wanna represent possibilities.

There’s some of you right now, you want to go to next level. ‘I want a council, I want to be a engineer, I want to be a doctor.” Listen to me. You can’t get to that level. You can’t get to that level economically where you want to be, until you start invest in your mind. You are not reading books. I challenge you all to go to the conference. I dare you to invest time! I dare you to be alone! I dare you to spent an hour to get to know yourself. When you become who you are, when you become the person that you are created to be, designed to be who you were designed to be. When you become an individual. What you do is: take yourself and you start separating yourself from other people. I’m challenging you, to get to the place where people do not like you or do not even bother you no more. Why? Cause you are not concerned to make them happy. Because you try to blow up, you try to the next level. I need you to invest in your mind. Invest in your mind.


If you still taking about your dream. If you still taking about your goals. But you have not done anything: JUST TAKE THE FIRST STEP! You can make your parent proud, you can make your school proud, you can touch millions of people lives and the word will never be the same again, because you came this way. Don’t let nobody steal your dream! After we face a rejection and a “NO” or we have a meeting and no one shows up, or somebody said, you can count on me, and they don’t come through what if we had that kind of attitude that cause reposes, nobody believes in you, you’ve lost again, and again, and again! The lights are cut off but you’re still looking at your dream, reviewing it every day and saying to yourself: IT’S NOT OVER, UNTIL I WIN!

You can live your dream!

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