UN Climate Summit Poem “Dear Matafele Peinem”



On 23 September 2014, 26 year old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit. Kathy was selected from among over 500 civil society candidates in an open, global nomination process conducted by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service.

Kathy performed a new poem entitled “Dear Matafele Peinem”, written to her daughter. The poem received a standing ovation. Kathy is also a teacher, journalist and founder of the environmental NGO, Jo-jikum.

Credits:

“Dear Matafele Peinem”
Poem and performance by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Creative-Innovation Agency: The Global Brain
Director / Producer: Natalia Vega-Berry
Executive Producer: Michael Tracy
Director Visual: Natalia Vega-Berry
Co-Directors: Jenna Pool / David Joshua Ford
Project Coordinator: Isha Ohja
Storyboard: Annabelle Tracy
Post Production: Cutters Studios
Executive Producer: Elizabeth Krajewski
Editor: Steve Bell
Assistant Editors: Austin Rauterkus, Cameron Yergler, Casey Swoyer
Sound Engineer: Eric Thompson
Flame / finish: Moises Tavera
Music: Yessian
Music: Andrew Knox Music Productions, Inc.
Music Title: “Imparting the Atmosphere”
Composer: Derek Whitacre
Publisher: Alibi Music

A special thank you to the many organizations and individuals around the world who contributed visuals for this project, including:

350.org
#Action4Climate filmmakers and Connect4Climate.org
Adrian Arbib
Anglican Alliance
Australian Medical Students Association
Avaaz
Canadian Youth Climate Coalition
CGIAR CCAFS
Climate Ride
Friends of the Earth Europe
Get Up! Action for Australia
India Echo Channel

Jack Niedenthal
Kevin Buckland
Molly Mazilu
Mothers Out Front
The Nature Conservancy
Press TV UK
Project Survival Media
Source Project
Sven Eberlein
The World Bank

“A special thank you to the following, who went out of their way to provide invaluable services, support and assistance for this project:

Young & Rubicam
Cutters Studios

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29 thoughts on “UN Climate Summit Poem “Dear Matafele Peinem”

  • September 10, 2017 at 3:36 am
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    Dear Matafele Peinem, your mommy is an amazing poet. She has moved my heart and the hearts of thousands.

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  • September 10, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    This is a wonderful effort, but can poetry move politicians beyond tears to action? We can't wait. Concerned global citizens needs to do whatever they can to inspire change on a local level and also make meaningful changes in their own lives.

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  • September 10, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    Very powerful.
    Lets tell the world what we Pacific Islanders are facing.

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  • September 10, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    Very powerful.
    Lets tell the world what we Pacific Islanders are facing.

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  • September 10, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    I really wish that we would not use the term "Climate Change," but rather "Planet Protection." Our Earth is an ever changing planet as proven by our geological history. What is also a fact, is that our cities and populations are booming. There is an ever increasing demand and a voracious appetite of all our natural resources. We are over-fishing, over-polluting, over-building, etc. We are a society, no correction, a world dominated by materialism and the almighty dollar. We are governed by many who are self-seeking. But not all is bleak. There are those that work hard to cause change in a positive way and not just because it is popular to get on the band wagon. As individuals, we all can do something, no matter how small to protect our planet.

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  • September 10, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    Poets and artists will save the planet. Imagine a 26-year-old poet from the Marshall Islands opening the UN's Climate Summit and bringing all those in attendance to tears. One poet, one woman from such a small nation leads us to find common ground. The photos in this little poetic essay to humanity remind me that the earth is my home. Thank you Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, namaste. Char

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  • September 10, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    Powerful poem, which the video does justice. The UN has a big future. A big post-USA future.

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  • September 10, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    Wow! Such a powerful poem and heart-stopping visuals. 

    Thank you Kathy for your work and reminding us that we are one global community.

    For those of us around the Great Lakes, we appreciate your call to action and the message is ringing out loud and clear! 

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  • September 10, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    Beautiful, inspiring, moved me to tears. I feel blessed to have heard these heartfelt and truthful emotions while knowing without a doubt that she will do everything and anything that is within her to ensure that her daughter has a cleaner and safer world to grow up in. I am inspired.

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  • September 10, 2017 at 3:37 am
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    Legendary poem, one that stamps the face of humanity on climate change

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