, University of Missouri-Columbia, Blackwater, MO
I took the red dot. That was the moment when I made the decision to fast in solidarity at COP19. When I took the red cloth dot and pinned it to my shirt. I was aware of the commitment I was making, and I still am. I don’t take it lightly, but with every passing hour I become more aware of the importance of this solidarity action. What is happening in the Philippines and around the world is unacceptable and can be changed. I’m determined to be a part of making that happen.
A little bit of background for those that need it…
Monday was the opening plenary of the 19th Annual Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. It was during this plenary that I witnessed head Filipino negotiator Nadarev Yeb Saño deliver an incredibly powerful narrative on the truth of climate change. A narrative that brought many to tears and drove many more to desperately crave a break in the monotony of the negotiation process. Saño spoke of the devastation left in his country after Typhoon Haiyan and how his people are affected by climate change. He voiced the need for drastic action and ambitious policy to put a stop to climate change and the extreme weather that accompanies it.
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