Monday, September 23, 2019

“the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone”: Through the Climate Strike into the Labyrinth #NYClimateStrike,#GretaThunberg

Exction Rebellion,The EPA with moss  and other scenes from the Climate  Strike. 

RIGHT NOW: Hundreds of thousands of protesters march in New York City for the #ClimateStrike. You won't see this on the nightly news, pass it on!!

The streets of Brooklyn are teeming with kids on strike! — at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

This blogger  with Lulu, Andrew B, Babs,  Greta, and other friends at Ariane's labyrinth.
Pics by  Barbara Ross

Princess_Mononoke and  friends at  the Climate Strike!

Walking  down Atlantic Avenue on Friday morning,  the streets were teeming with kids,
 climate strikers, skipping school, determined to make something of their moment,excitement and exuberance in the air.
Even more kids were on the subways with signs.“Studying for a future I will not have,” declared one sign.“You will die of old age, I will die of climate change.”Kids from all over New York City.
“Did you ask for  earth for  consent before  you fucked her,” declared one sign.“I’ve never lived a year that wasn’t the hottest on record,” declared another.
“Fuck each other,  not the planet.” My daughter, her friends, and countless others from all walks of life.A generational conflict opening in the streets.
 “You’re Princess Mononoke aren’t you?”
One marcher asked another in a cosplay outfit from the 1997Miyazaki  movie about gods of the  woods in a duel with the humans consuming all their resources.
It’s a conflict that has been going on a long time.
“The fruits of the earth belong to us; and the earth itself belongs to nobody,”
notes Jean Jaques  Rousseau (1754) in
On the Origin of the Inequality of Mankind.The earth belongs to no one and everyone.Yet, this country has overused its resources.
We’ve known it for a long time.
The humans are using too many of the resources.
As TR Roosevelt put it: “We have become great because of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil, and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and obstructing navigation.”That time certainly has come.
We met at Foley Square.Joining Earth Celebrations.“We are meeting across from courthouse near statue with our giant puppets. 1pm March to Battery Park for Rally at 3pm with speakers including #GretaThunberg,” noted Felicia.
Brooklyn kids,  who’d been at  Borough Hall pouring  across the bridge.Down to Battery Park we marched.The kids penned in.
No way out.
Drummers, police, media trying to capture a photo of Greta.All the kids are the stars,Everyone.A few of us dancing.
“Earth Celebrations musicians inspiring the crowd to dance along!”
“There was a lot of joy today for coming together for a common & important cause, but also a lot of anxiety.”
Running into even more friends.
Friends from Judson marching under the banner:
“Defend our home!”
“Unite behind the Science,” another.
Performance artists carrying pieces of moss.
Observed Reverend Micah Bucey.
Learn how to read the parables.
Get to the center of it.
Reflecting on Greta,
Hear the words.
Read the science.
Find hope and get to action.
Hoping for an ecological  conversion,
What’s one more step we can  take?
No  one is  sure.
Save the trees, clean the water. Get rid of the cars.
The  kids are leading us there.   
Sitting with Roger  and Barbara, tired from the walk.
Running into  Andrew and Gan…
Thinking about the activists we’ve all known.
In  Ariane Burges’ old labyrinth of  contemplation.
The space she built after September 11th.
Not sure what our future would be.
We’ve been  here before.
We don’t  want to  be here again next year, a man  screamed.
But we might.
From the People’s Climate March to this, we’ve all see a lot.
Stepped forward, backward. 
Not sure what steps to take, expect to keep on taking them.
Walking forward.
No  one knows what  the future will provide.
The left sees apocalypse.
The right denial.
And that’s not a policy,  noted several signs.
On the other hand, the flux is  constant. 
Al Gore writes:
“..the evidence now indicates that we are in the early stages of a sustainability revolution that will achieve the magnitude of the Industrial Revolution and the speed of the digital revolution, made possible by new digital tools…”
Greta didn’t know what she was doing when she started walking out of school.
Sitting alone.
  Now kids from around the world are walking with her.
And I’m sure TR would have loved it. 
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are,” he advised.
And we are.
Finishing talking with Andrew and Wendy and  Gan and  Babs,
I walked into the labyrinth.
Our friend Ariane helped organize it down here 17 years ago.
Feels like we’re are still walking  into the labyrinth.
Observed Magali Regis,
The Environmental Performance  Agency is into recognizing agency of / celebrating non-human species, especially spontaneous urban plants that thrive in disturbed environments, “ notes Nora.
“So moss (from Foley Square) was our guide for the Strike yesterday.”
A quarter million people marching, gushed Reverend Micah Bucey,
“It was ritual action theater, hoped filled with protest, apocalyptic theater. 
But we are at a crossroads.
We really are. 

We’re just not sure where they are intersecting. 

@gretathunberg spoke emotionally at the @unitednations September  23. She said, “We’ll be watching you. This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean. You all come to us young people for hope. How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is the money and fairytales of economic growth. How dare you!”
“You say you hear us and you understand the urgency. But no Matter how sad and angry I am I do not want to believe that because if you really understood the situation and kept on failing to act then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe.
“The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in ten years only gives us a 50% chance of staying below 1.5 degrees [Celsius] and the risk of setting [off] irreversible chain reactions beyond human control. 50% may be acceptable to you, but those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic pollution or aspects of equity or climate justice. That also relies on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exists. So a 50% risk is simply not acceptable to us, we who have to live with the consequences.
“How dare you pretend that this be solved with ‘business as usual’ and some ‘technical’ solutions.
“You are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. But the young children are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you! We won’t let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line. The world is waking up. And change is coming whether you like it or not.”

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