It’s time to “warrior up,” stop polluting the planet and give water the same rights and protections as human beings. That’s the message Autumn Peltier, a 13-year-old Canadian, delivered personally to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

“Many people don’t think water is alive or has a spirit,” the Anishinaabe girl from Wikwemikong First Nation told the diplomats gathered in New York City in her speech on World Water Day. “My people believe this to be true.

“Our water deserves to be treated as human with human rights. We need to acknowledge our waters with personhood so we can protect our waters.”

The five-foot tall teen from Manitoulin Island, Ont., stood on a stool behind the podium so she could reach the microphone.


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