Something special happened in the Pacific this month. At the recent Pacific Pawa Shift, we learned about these powerful words from our Pacific Climate Warriors in Tokelau, Matagi Mālohi, which simply translates to ‘strong winds’.
Matagi Mālohi tells the story of our journey to uplift our people and shape a narrative that paints us not as victims of the climate crisis but as the leaders, the healers, the nurturers, the artists, the gardeners, the growers, the seafarers and the navigators we are.
This September, as the world is gearing up for the biggest youth-led climate mobilisation in history, the Pacific is also getting ready.
We are organizing our young people, and everyone else impacted by climate change. We are standing up for the future of our islands and for the future of our young people. Nowhere is the climate crisis more felt than in the low lying islands of the Pacific, and we need you to stand with us.
We need to be the strong winds that have carried our ancestors across the seas. We need to be the strong winds pushing our leaders forward as they come up against the might of these big bullying nations. We need to be the strong winds, that Matagi Mālohi, that bring the change our people need to see.
Joining a climate strike means you are standing up for a better future for all, including nations that are most vulnerable to the climate breakdown.