ALL OVER THE WORLD PEOPLE ARE STANDING UP FOR CHANGE
Progress is being made in the climate movement, and anyone paying attention knows that change is being effected by the power of community, grassroots advocacy and direct action. Often, hard work goes unnoticed. It is time for that to change. It is time for the people's stories to be shared. It is time for climate justice, and it falls to us to work together to secure it - to secure our future on this planet and to make sure it's a future worth fighting for.
PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA
Cathy Sampson-Kruse of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla speaks to an impassioned crowd during a public hearing for the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil-by-rail terminal; the terminal, if built, would be the largest in North America and would receive up to 360,000 barrels of crude oil per day by route of the Columbia River Gorge. Aside from obvious safety concerns, this project would fly in the face of the reality that we must leave fossil fuels in the ground.
On the first day of the COP21, in which representatives from over 190 nations gathered to draft an accord in response to the climate crisis, activists from all over the world thwarted a ban on public demonstration and demanded strong climate action as well as a total and just transition to renewable energy by placing their shoes in marching formation - among the footwear were Pope Francis's own kicks.
CENTRAL KALIMANTAN, INDONESIA
Paduran villagers and volunteers built a community dam to prevent the drainage of peatlands for irrigating palm oil plantations. The region is already undergoing large scale deforestation for these plantations, and one of the techniques for doing so is the intentional setting of massive fires. When the peatlands burn, they release immense quantities of carbon and smoke. In October 2015, Indonesian officials report that over 4.2 million acres had burned so far that year. Scientists can only speculate the extent of ecological damage inflicted on the region: one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth and home to endangered and critically vulnerable species like orangutan, the Sumatran tiger and the Sumatran elephant.
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