"If you don’t fight for what you want, you deserve what you get."
On Sunday the whole world will be watching. Watching as thousands of people take to the streets for the People’s Climate March, the largest climate march in history. This Sunday, September 21, 2014 New York City will mobilize along with communities across the globe to march for change on issues of climate. This could be the precipice of a worldwide shift in perspective on how we treat our planet.
It is often our misconception that climate change is a process that has and will continue to happen slowly. The reality, however, is that climate change is not a linear problem -- it’s exponential. There are tipping points that we are going to hit and when we do there’s going to be a “catastrophic shift in our biosphere that threatens everything we love.” Each day of inaction puts us closer on this crash course.
According to U.S. history, social movement wins. The first Earth Day was on April 22, 1970, when twenty million Americans marched in the streets of their communities. Within three years following the march, eight acts were passed by Congress, including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. The power of people in solidarity is overwhelming. It was only one percent of Americans who ever took part in a civil rights demonstration, but “they changed the wheel of history” and pushed back against the powers in place.
We need to fight for what we want or watch human impact destroy the planet we love. We need to close the gap between what countries and politicians say they want to do and what they are actually on track to do. It’s a question of political will and our ability to wake global politicians to the immediacy of climate change. History has proven that social movements win, that demonstrations bring about political change. This Sunday world leaders will be gathering in New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. It is time to wake them up to the climate crisis. I encourage all of you to march in your communities this Sunday, whether it be for your love of snow and skiing, for your passion for the ocean or for your children and grandchildren. Check out the video below for more information on climate change and the upcoming march this Sunday, September 21.
By AI Blog contributor: Maggie Edmunds