Tuesday 17 February 2015 at 19:38Love Is Our Secret Weapon
by Rev. Fletcher Harper, OurVoices Project Co-ordinator
For me, it’s about my children.
Max is my oldest; he’s 18 and enjoying his first year in college. He wants to major in communications or business. Lucy is 11, and is in fifth grade. She wants to be an inventor.
They are my children—they are my heart.
I don’t want them to inherit a world full of conflict, suffering, and insecurity. But that’s exactly what’s going to happen if our leaders don’t act quickly and decisively against climate change.
This year, I was happy to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little differently.
I joined people around the world who stood up for the things they love, as part of Global Divestment Day. And it was huge. At over 450 events in 60 countries, people of the world declared it’s wrong to continue destroying our climate. From Vietnam to South Africa, from the United States to United Kingdom, we called on places of worship, universities, and local governments to take their money out of dirty fuels and invest in a brighter, cleaner future.
Every one of us is working to protect something we love.
Love for our families, our friends, for oceans and islands. For the Amazon, for New York, for India, and Ireland.
Love is our secret weapon—it’s the silver bullet for the climate crisis. If we remind every policy and lawmaker about love—about the people and places they love, the things they stand to lose—we might just cut through the deadlock this year.
I look at the news this morning and am already seeing signs of our message reaching leaders. When addressing the new joint climate change agreement between the leaders of the three major British political parties, UK energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, professed his support as a politician, a minister, and as a father. “I do not want my kids growing up in a more dangerous and insecure world because my generation failed to act,” he says. (Source)
As fathers, Davey and I both know how important our work affects our children.
I want to share this video with you. It was made in the UK and celebrates the things we love, but is also a call to action. It’s for everyone, everywhere to join together and beat the climate crisis this year—for everyone we love.
Image via flickr user Hindrik Sijens