“I think I said the right words because they attacked me.”
This is how Txai Suruí feels when recalling the speech he gave to inaugurate the United Nations conference on climate change, COP26.
As a climate activist who grew up as part of an indigenous community in the Amazon rainforest, she spoke with world leaders about the direct impacts of climate change that her tribe is already experiencing.
But after the speech she was publicly criticized by Brazilian President Jair Bolsanaro for “attacking Brazil.”
This led many people to post their abuse on social media.
He spoke with BBC health, science and environment reporter Laura Foster.
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The COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow is seen as crucial if climate change is to be controlled. Almost 200 countries are being asked about their plans to reduce emissions, which could lead to major changes in our daily lives.