Student Maryam Grassley at COP26’s People’s Summit
by Ella Palmer on 16 November 2021
Undergraduate Maryam Grassley attended COP26 and has selected their key poignant quotes from the People’s Summit for Climate Justice, organised by COP26 coalition and occurring from the 7-10
“I was studying to be a doctor. Then I looked at a map of predicted sea level rise and the hospital I was studying [at] was going to be underwater by 2050. What’s the point of becoming a doctor if the hospital I will work in will be underwater?!”
“Where will my people go? Where will my culture continue? Where will I go? If Tuvalu drowns, I will drown with it”.
“I teach myself about Climate Change. We are denied education about the crisis that is impacting us. The other people in my community don’t know about climate change. There is no platform for me to speak on. If we protest against the government, we are killed or imprisoned” –
“The lake is brown, all the fish are dead… but my children will go back and look (and see a blue lake with a thriving ecosystem) and say you did a good job” –