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Alternative Voices from Rio+20

•, Preethi Nallu
 "The development – the drilling, mining and damming – is affecting everyone, our communities and the Earth, our home and the only planet we have."

The piercing voice of 11-year-old Ta'Kaiya is enough to grab the attention of delegates passing by. With the aptitude of a seasoned speaker, this young delegate from Canada comfortably commanded the following of environmental activists staging a sit-in at the Rio+20 conference.

Ta'Kaiya is in Rio to represent the Indigenous Environmental Network and to speak out against the controversial tar sands project being planned by an energy transport company, Enbridge, that involves a pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to the Pacific northwest coast of Canada.

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