I believe we are at a profound time of change. I see masses of cultures, faiths and communities all around the world that are mobilizing to bring international peace, greater climate stability, and economic and racial equity.
Millions of refugees and immigrants are fleeing war-torn, ravaged countries. For me, they are our faces saying, “No more war!” Hope — that their tormented faces will open us to global compassion and actions for peace.
Pope Francis speaks to Congress on behalf of “the cry of the Earth” and the “cry of the poor.” As the pope’s environmental encyclical is widely raising awareness that climate change is a social justice / moral issue, Muslim political leaders from 20 countries have issued an Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, calling for aggressive climate action to its people. Hope — that masses of faith-based cultures will guide us to a more safe, equitable planet.
Amid this past hottest summer in history, there are some amazing climate-action movements spreading faster than anyone could have imagined. As gasoline prices tank, large institutions are divesting their money away from the richest fossil fuel companies on Earth. Hope —that we can channel some of these funds toward climate solutions, such as wind and solar.
Communities all around the globe are coming together and mobilizing in an organized, coordinated way to fight inequality and climate change at the same time. Four hundred thousand people marched in New York City in the People’s Climate March; four months later, fracking was banned in the state of New York! Huge pipelines in Australia and the Canadian tar sands pipeline were described as “done deals.” Masses of people mobilized, shutting down these fossil fuel bombs along with many coal-fired power plants.
Millions of people are turning their attention to the message of Bernie Sanders for president. The time of revolution has come for the 99 percent standing together for a more equitable, educated and healthy country.
I feel hope that these huge people’s movements are bringing a time of change that is rooted in economic, climate and racial justice for all.
— Sherry Vaughan