Greta Thunberg visiting Standing Rock

Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teen climate activist who helped spark protests across the globe, will reportedly visit the Standing Rock Indian Reservation later this week to bring attention to struggles surrounding the issue in the Native American community.

According to the Argus Leader, Thunberg will be taking part in a panel discussion on Tuesday at the reservation, which is located in North Dakota and South Dakota.

She will reportedly be joined by a youth climate activist known as Tokata Iron Eyes, a high school junior who was designated a “water protector” for her efforts in demonstrating against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline years back, The Bismarck Tribune reports.

Thunberg will also reportedly be attending a discussion with Iron Eyes at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota on Sunday.

During their appearances, Thunberg and Iron Eyes are expected to discuss plans to double the amount of oil transported through the Dakota Access pipeline. A press release said the two will also discuss “the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline adjacent to tribal nations,” the Grand Forks Herald reported.

The two issues were described in a press release from the Lakota People’s Law Project as “high-priority topics for the climate struggle in Indian Country,” the newspaper noted.

Thunberg and Iron Eyes reportedly met last month at the George Washington University during an event they spoke at that was hosted by Amnesty International. 

The 16-year-old climate activist first arrived in the United State back in August after setting voyage on emissions-free sailboat. Thunberg chose not to travel by air in an effort to cut down on carbon emissions.

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