Climate change can often feel like a distant issue. However, for many, the effects of our warming planet are inescapable – impacting their ways of life. Throughout history, indigenous communities have lived within the means of the planet and protected the world’s ecosystem. Today, this existence is threatened by decisions and choices, made near and far, that have deep implications for us all. This lighting talk is an exploration of how and why the modern world can benefit from greater inclusion of this knowledge, experience and way of life. It is also a global call for the world to invest in indigenous youth to achieve independence in forest management. Laetania Belai Djandam, a Dayak youth activist, is dedicated to doing “as much as possible for the Earth and its people” – and is calling on everyone, everywhere to respect our shared planet.