Co-founder of Indigenous Youth Collective of Amazon Defenders
Helena Gualinga, 20, is an Indigenous climate justice and human rights defender who advocates for the protection of the Amazon Rainforest and Indigenous people’s rights. Gualinga is from the Kichwa community of Sarayaku, a community that has been fighting against big oil for decades.
Gualinga is a member of the Indigenous Youth Collective of Amazon Defenders. She has attended several conferences such as COP 26 and UN summits advocating for Kawsak Sacha, The Living Forest Proposal which is the cosmovision of the Sarayaku people.
Gualinga has also spoken up about inclusion and representation of Indigenous People in decision making and other spaces of influence.