#ExxonKnew

Yesterday, we attended a very interesting gathering of people from around the world. A mock trial of Exxon vs The people were being held at a warehouse outside Paris. Apparently, having the knowledge of climate change since the 70s and all its effects, Exxon still chose profit over people and went ahead with their operation to extract oil from all over the United states. We had witnesses coming from the far end of Alaska and the Arctic, to the archipelago of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean. They were all telling stories of the effects of what climate change and Exxon caused to their homes, family, community and livelihoods. It was devastating to hear livelihoods were being gambled for profit. It made me wonder whether other companies which have been causing a lot of damages to the environment and people, knew about climate change since before they’ve started their operations as well. We all need to simply sit down and remember that the wealth of a country is its air, water, soils, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, biodiversity. And not by how much livelihoods is at stakes.

After the event Kevin and I had the opportunity to have a short interview with Bill McKibben about his expatations from #cop21 and what youth can do…

About the Author Nesha Ichida

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Hello everyone, my name is Nesha and I'm from Jakarta, Indonesia. I am currently studying full time for my BSc in Natural Science degree from the Open University UK. Basically my university is wherever there's internet since it's a distant learning. So I rarely find myself in my city as I'm constantly traveling, mainly around Indonesia, for internships and volunteering jobs to get real work experience.

I've been passionate about marine biology since the first time I went diving in one of Indonesia's crystal clear blue seas. My care for the planet basically follows after I saw how much destruction and bleaching has happened to the coral reefs of Indonesia, which is happened to be the centre of marine biodiversity. From watching hundreds of nature documentaries on National Geographic and others, my awareness grew.

I've been doing several campaigns of anything I could find in my country or through the web related about climate change, marine protection, sustainability and animal rights. I'm not a direct campaigner as what you see in the cities with banners talking to the people, I'm the one you would find in the field monitoring for coral reef's health or volunteering at a rescue and wildlife center, and raising awareness through social media platforms from the field.


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