Lead on Climate
Believe in the power of your own voice. The more noise you make, the more accountability you demand from your leaders, the more our world will change for the better. - Mr Al Gore.
Along with more than 800 other activists, My husband and I were recently accepted to attend The Climate Reality Project Leadership training in Brisbane, Australia, with the incredible and inspirational Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President, Mr Al Gore.
The Climate Reality Project is a climate revolution to move the conversation about the climate crisis forward and turn awareness into action all across the Earth - and while strictly speaking the wording in the above image isn’t their official tagline, it’s totally what they mean, ammiright?
The training began with a focus on modern science and the cause and effect of the climate emergency, quickly shifted gears into something much more substantial, and near and dear to my heart: the people of climate change, the faces of climate inaction, and the solutions to fix the problems.
As the climate emergency continues to heat up (literally) we are beginning to see a much-needed disturbance in the force of science, politics and economics. Every day it becomes abundantly clear that to fix this shit up, we need to fix “democracy” and accept the fact that the existing model is simply not working.
It’s no secret that the world’s oldest civilisations, Indigenous people, and First Nations people are the ones most-adversely affected by the climate emergency, even though they were clearly the least to contribute to it. Torres Strait, on the Northern tip of Australia, is seeing the devastation of our climate inaction every single day. The Dead Sea is shrinking at a rate of around four feet each year. The Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, risks vanishing entirely as climbing tides are already displacing locals.
There is a new vision defining how we can preserve a viable ecosystem for humankind, and how we get there. The vision begins with science - and then it takes flight via WE THE PEOPLE! Incremental change is not enough. Not even close! We need to uproot the systems in place and implement world-wide change in economical, political and societal behaviours and models, i.e. fundamental, systematic change!
How? Does this sound impossible? Well it’s not! We already know what we need to do. We need to cut out fossil fuels. Simple! And to do this, we need a rapid transformation to renewable energy. So why isn’t this happening yet? Well, because greed. Because denial. Because fear. Governments and corporates are in between coal-stained sheets with big oil and coal companies and they don’t want to end this billion-dollar romance. So we need to demand they do.
When the people lead, the leaders will follow. Remember the Civil Rights movement? The French Revolution? The fall of apartheid? People led. People demanded change. And the governments - their civil servants - obeyed.
So it’s time for a revolution! It’s time for the guillotine to come smashing down on the fossil fuel companies and governments that support them! And it’s time for YOU to be involved!
Use your voice, use your vote, demand change!