Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Sunday joined the voices criticizing an Associated Press photograph of activists at the World Economic Forum that cropped out Ugandan activist Vanessa Nakate.
“This Friday 5 representatives from Fridays For Future held a press conference in Davos. A news agency chose to edit the picture like above, cutting out @vanessanakate1 from the picture,” Thunberg wrote in an Instagram post Sunday. “This is totally unacceptable in so many ways. Like Vanessa said herself: ‘You didn't just erase a photo. You erased a continent.’”
Nakate also spoke out against her removal from the photograph, tweeting “Why did you remove me from the photo? I was part of the group!” Friday.
Thunberg has frequently spoken of the need to center indigenous and non-Western voices in climate activism, describing them as the people most directly affected by climate change.
“Their rights are being violated across the world and they are also among the ones being hit the most and the quickest by the climate and environmental emergency,” she said at a December United Nations climate summit before relinquishing the microphone to Native American, Philippine, Pacific Islander and Ugandan activists.
The AP apologized for cropping the photo in a statement issued Friday, saying "We regret publishing a photo this morning that cropped out Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate, the only person of color in the photo. As a news organization, we care deeply about accurately representing the world that we cover.