Climate Change and Paris
We have a moral and ethical obligation to address climate change. There are real consequences, and there is real suffering. We have an obligation to other human beings, to other species, and to the Earth itself to change our actions so we can minimize, alleviate, and hopefully eliminate the worst of the effects of climate change.
The terrorist attacks on Paris were devastating. In the end, however, the attacks reinforced my belief that we should be in Paris for the climate talks. We are not motivated by fear; we are motivated by the imperative to do the right thing. This is about so much more than climate change; it’s about social and environmental justice. It’s about human rights. We need to have a strong showing in Paris not just for climate change but for the people of France and the rest of the world, so we can come together and begin to collectively heal.
So often in conversations around climate change communities of the Gulf Coast get overlooked, even in the U.S, because there is a misconception that we do not care about climate change or believe it exists. It is important for us, as Gulf South Rising, to be in Paris and show that there are people in the Gulf coast that do care and do want a change. We want our voices heard. We have a responsibility to advocate for and implement changes; we are ready to accept those responsibilities. We are ready for action.
Earth Ethics, along with several members of the Gulf Coast, will be attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. We are so honored to be part of this historic event.
Climate Change, Global Warming; whatever term we choose to use, it important that we recognize that it is not just about one issue, it’s about many. It’s about social and environmental justice. It’s about human and nonhuman rights. Climate Change is a moral and ethical issue.
It is, as it should be, part of our very nature, to protect and help those we are unable to do so for their selves (a.k.a. climate/environmental justice). We as a nation have caused many of the issues associated with climate change. We need to claim and accept our responsibilities and take action. We have a moral and ethical obligation to do so. There are real consequences occurring because of how we have chosen to live our lives. That statement is not to insight guilt, but to remind us that there is real suffering occurring in other areas of the world and people are being impacted by our actions. Everything and everyone is connected.
We have an obligation to other human beings, other species, and to the Earth itself to change our actions so we can minimize, alleviate, and hopefully eliminate the worst of the effects of climate change. Globally, we have come to a resolution. The agreement was signed in Paris. We no longer need to wait for action; we can no longer afford to.
I was fortunate enough to have been part of a gulf coast delegation that traveled to Paris for the U.N. Climate Change Conference. What an exhilarating, beautiful, depressing, and surreal experience. While in the delegation deliberations, I found myself asking, what have we done to others, the Earth, and ourselves? Have we reached the point of no return no matter what actions we take? Honestly, I don’t know, but I don’t think so and I am optimistic that individually and collectively we can make significant changes. I do believe that this is just the beginning and road is long to get to where we need to be. However, I am ready and so is Gulf South Rising. It is the power of the people who will make the change.
So often in conversations around climate change communities of the gulf coast get overlooked, even in the U.S., because there is a misconception that we do not care about climate change or believe that it even exists. It was important for us, as Gulf South Rising, to be in Paris so that it would be known that there are people in the gulf coast that do care and do want a change. We wanted our voices heard and they were. We have a responsibility to advocate for and implement change; we have accepted these responsibilities and are ready for action.
We, the people of the Gulf South and the Global South, will no longer stand for being the sacrificial zone for industry, for oil and gas exploration and drilling, deepwell injection, fracking, or any other activities that impact the environment and our public health. We want renewable energy sources and other sustainable practices that reduce our carbon footprint. We can create a job market – a green job market – that supports this. We will no longer allow big industry dictate what we want. We will no longer allow local, state, and national “representatives” to silence our voices.
The seas are rising and so are we.