This is a really intense, dark, horrifying moment for so many different reasons. I decided to devote my life to the fight against global warming when I was 15, and obviously am fully dedicated now to the fight for climate justice and now more specifically to turning the Paris Agreement into action, and have spent the last two years working on this vigorously with Rebecca Foon on Pathway to Paris. I am pledging right now that I will work harder than ever, will not give up, and will work with out partners United Nations Development Programme - UNDP and 350.org not only on advocacy projects spreading facts, awareness, calling the citizens, groups, cities, and the world to action, but also will develop REAL, tangible, innovative, ambitious solutions. WE ARE NOT GIVING UP, instead we are feeling more charged than ever before, and even though this is a massive challenge, we are taking it to the next level and fully believe we can tackle this. As Jigme Ugen said today, 'we have been training and preparing for this moment.' In addition to working harder than ever, staying positive, not letting my faith and belief be defeated, not losing my passion, I also pledge to take good care of myself in this terrifying and overwhelming time in order to do the best I can. We need to do both : take care of ourselves, and work harder than ever. As activists and concerned citizens, it is ESSENTIAL that we take care of ourselves in order to be at our best. Please remember that always. As Bill McKibben said before, 'the real work starts now,' and we are ready!!
From Bill McKibben:
Every once in a while I write something that seems worth sharing. Four years ago it was an essay in Rolling Stone about the new math of global warming that helped trigger the divestment movement. Today it’s a piece in The New Republic about the war—the literal war—that global warming has become.
We’re used to metaphors: the war on drugs, the war on poverty. But in this case carbon and methane—without malice but also without mercy—are waging a war on the civilization that emitted them. This year we’ve lost huge swaths of the world’s coral; vast sheets of ice disappear daily. Our adversary is taking territory and taking lives.
So what would it mean to fight back? Most of the piece is devoted to that possibility: thanks to the engineers who have driven down the cost of renewables, we’re at the first moment where that’s a possibility. If we wanted to, we could—as a world—replicate the industrial miracle that won World War II. Instead of bombers we’d build turbine blades; in place of planes, solar panels. The reporting in the piece shows that putting up enough renewables to get us back on the path to 350 parts per million is possible—barely.
Thanks to researchers like Stanford’s Mark Jacobson, there’s a plan for every state and most nations; the question is, can we build for the future with as much commitment as we once built for war? The answer to that question is in our hands.
I hope you’ll read and share this piece while this odd election season drags on; please share it with your friends and family and Facebook crew so that we can build the peaceful army we badly need.
Pathway to Paris: Live @ Le Trianon is now available for digital download!! Please visit www.pathwaytoparis.com/album to download.
I am back in the states now, reflecting on everything that took place this month in Paris. The nations of the world reached a global climate agreement, 350 and other organizations spearheaded a beautiful demonstration on December 12, andPathway to Paris had our final culmination of over a year of events with two incredible evenings at Le Trianon on December 4 and December 5. There were so many unexpected collaborations that took place, new connections made, and a great feeling of camaraderie and the beginning of a new era of action. Becky and I met and heard the words of the world's great leaders and participants in the climate justice movement, and attended some incredibly inspiring events including a divestment rally and the UNDP Equator Prize awards ceremony, which honored the work of Indigenous Peoples around the world, with additional words from amazing world voices such as Jane Goodall and Helen Clark. The feeling in Paris was inspiring, and we were so honored to be a small part of this moment in time.
We are so thankful to everyone who helped to make the Pathway to Paris events possible. To all of our contributors, sponsors, participants, to the audience, to our Paris team, to everyone. Both evenings were documented by Jules Lahana. Below you can watch two beautiful short films he created which include powerful moments from each evening. I feel they capture the energy of both days so perfectly. Please take a moment to watch them. There's really no other way to describe what happened then to watch and listen. :)
Friday, December 4
Saturday, December 5
Reviews and Press
United Nations Development Programme Photo Essay: Pathway to Paris
We are so thankful to Andrea Egan and our partners, UNDP. Thank you to Andrea for creating this beautiful photo essay of our evenings at Le Trianon.
Rock UR Life
Nice review and great photos from both evenings
UNDP Equator Prize Awards Ceremony
Beautiful photo essay of this incredibly moving evening celebrating the great work of Indigenous Peoples around the world
Nice review of the first evening from EcoWatch
Film by 350.org: Paris Demonstration on December 12: D12
'On December 12, thousands of ordinary people were in the streets of Paris to show that we will continue organizing for climate justice — no matter what heads of state decide.'
I urge everyone to use www.350.org as a main source for truthful and honest news, updates, and moving forward with the climate justice movement post Paris. They will boil it down to the truth, what you need to know, and how to be involved.
Pathway to Paris started over a year ago as an idea Becky and I had, and it has been so amazing to see it all happening before our eyes. There are so many people to thank, so many volunteers and people who did such great inspiring work, to all of our friends and family who have been so supportive and helpful in countless ways. Everyone: the time is now. We have a global climate deal, and there is so much powerful energy coming from such a diversity of voices, giving us so much hope, but we all have to stay on this momentum and keep working. We cannot rely on anyone to do the work for us. If we are not a part of the solution, we are part of the problem. We have to make it personal. Let's work together. It's the beginning of a new era.