COP28: A Mission Worker’s Perspective on How the Global Climate Debate Marginalizes Indigenous People

Jed Koball on not repeating history’s mistakes

As the world’s eyes turn to Dubai for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28), Austin-based Texas Impact/Texas Interfaith Power & Light is sending video dispatches from the conference to the Chronicle.

While economic superpowers in the Global North slow-play global climate negotiations and try not to jeopardize their hegemony, indigenous people all over the world are fighting for their lives. Global missions workers who bear witness to indigenous communities’ struggles are among their most ardent champions. In this video, Presbyterian mission coworker Jed Koball shares his perspective on how the global climate debate marginalizes indigenous people, threatening to repeat the crimes of the past in the search for a cleaner future.

Follow Texas Impact/Texas Interfaith Power & Light’s continuing coverage from COP28.

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