Tishiko King

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Tishiko King is a campaign director in the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. She took part in the "2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference" (COP26) in Glasgow. She also represented the Torres Strait island organization named "Our Islands Our Home". She is originally from Yorke Island in the Torres Strait Islands of Australia.[1][2]

Career and activism[change | change source]

King studied ocean science at "Griffith University" in South East Queensland. It was possible with the financial help from CSIRO. It was the Australian agency responsible for scientific research. She then worked as an indigenous communication officer with a bauxite mining company in Weipa, on the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland. She then became the campaign director at "Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network". She also works as a volunteer impact coordinator with "Environmental Film Festival Australia". She is also a community organizer for "Our Islands, Our Home".[3]

King represented "Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network" and "Our Islands, Our Home" at the COP26 meeting in Glasgow in November 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, she was one of relatively few Australians to participate in the event. She first got awareness of the impact of climate change when she saw the impact of sea erosion on the graveyard of her ancestors on Masig Island. There was a picking up of their bones for reburial. There was also disappearance of the fishes from traditional fishing grounds. She declared the federal government of Australia as unfit. It was because of the failure to make indigenous people reach net zero emissions by 2050.[4][5][6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "'Indigenous people feel the climate crisis. Our land is a part of us'". The Age.
  2. "Our Islands Our Home". Our Islands Our Home.
  3. "Tishiko King". World Science Festival Brisbane.
  4. "When Tishiko went home, she found exposed burial sites and empty fishing grounds. Now she's going to Glasgow". Sydney Morning Herald.
  5. "First Nations youth condemn Indigenous exclusion from net zero 'plan'". NITV.
  6. "CORRESPONDENTS "System change, not climate change!"". Inside Story.