Alongside the shoes placed in the Paris plaza by demonstrators forbidden to march on the day before the talks, we place booties to signify the still to be born generations whose quality of life depends upon the outcome of the United Nations’ twenty-first conference on the changing climate.
For while the international agreement being reached is a true milestone, it is too little too late. Limiting greenhouse gas emissions to two degrees of warming will still create a planet in crisis and complete the sixth mass extinction that is already underway.
Now we place a red line in solidarity with the demonstrations planned for the day the talks end, whether allowed or not.
What is the red line that I/we will not allow to be crossed by today’s powers and principalities…the fossil fuel industry and their paid-for politicians who put power and profit above people and planet?
What ‘boots on the ground’ climate actions will I/we commit to beyond Paris in order to “to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period when humans will be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner,” as Thomas Berry describes the Great Work of our Era?
A new year is now dawning upon us……