Mike Smith (Communities for Future Summit 2020)

Mike, the chair of the Climate Change Iwi Leaders Group, is part of the Maori, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, who are in particular vulnerable to climate change. Through seeing all the impacts of climate change in his own country, he became an activist and now he responses to the climate emergency with direct actions against oil companies and world leaders who are not living up to their duty of care towards reducing their emissions. He underscores the urgency of our times, the relevance of taking action now and the indigenous worldview in which nature is the overarching supreme law.