A daughter of the Mariana Islands, Sheila Babauta, is passionate about uplifting indigenous voices and making a positive contribution to her community. Born and raised on the island of Saipan, she is serving her fourth year in public office as Chair of the Natural Resources Committee and the youngest legislator in the 22nd Northern Marianas Commonwealth Legislature.
She believes that traditional knowledge must guide responsible management of our natural resources and that it is essential to have indigenous people lead the way.
Her longstanding commitment to service is evident through organizations such as the Friends of the Marianas Trench, Our Common Wealth 670, and the Micronesia Climate Change Alliance where she aims to amplify the Marianas voice around decolonization, demilitarization, and environmental justice. As an Obama Leader: Asia Pacific, Sheila was invited to introduce President Barack Obama on the world stage before he delivered his COP26 remarks - a highlight of her experience!
Sheila is currently a fellow in the Environmental Justice Movement Fellowship with the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School.
She is an enthusiast at heart, currently reading The Way of Integrity by Martha Beck and tuning into the Super Soulpodcast daily. She keeps life interesting by staying close to nature, training her rescue dog, Chief, and envisions sharing a TedTalk of her own one day.
We were there to meet Sheila and hear speak about the awesome heart work she is doing.
Biba!! Malo Lava!!
Check her out on YouTube too!