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Drums and banners welcome delegates

June 1, 2009


As the subway doors opened, delegates and non-governmental observers poured out towards the Maratim Hotel. They were welcomed by costumed youth from Greenpeace, Avaaz, and 350. A drum circle played loudly, ten-foot foam trees danced, rare birds criss-crossed the path, banners waved, and a German chant could be heard even in the front hall of the hotel. (Sorry, but I couldn’t translate the chant.) See more pictures here.

Our Climate Your Decision

Greenpeace volunteers passed out position letters under a powerful motto–“Our Climate. Our Future. Your Decision.” This motto represents a strong, consistent message from the youth climate movement echoed by the “How old will you be in 2050?” shirts worn by the Avaaz team. Today’s decision-makers, who are of older generations, won’t fully experience the consequences of action–or inaction–on climate disruption. Older generations often have responsibility for future generations, but delays in the climate system means that this effect is exaggerated. Recent research indicates that today’s emissions won’t have their full effect for decades. Today, we are measuring the disruption due to emissions from decades ago.

Marx wrote, “The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living.” Two centuries later, the youth climate movement beats a drum, warning that the emissions of today’s older generations will weigh like an Earth-sized microwave on all the living creatures on Earth.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kate permalink
    June 1, 2009 9:26 pm

    Aww, the pictures remind me of PowerShift…except less snow and more important-looking people. Hope you guys are having a blast.

    • abaratta permalink
      June 2, 2009 9:25 pm

      Yeah one of the photographers from Powershift is here. We are having fun. Taylor is counting how many times I fall asleep during sessions though. How’s your summer going?

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