On ne lâche pas – The Red Climate Dot

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We are living in a climate-changed world. At a one degree average temperature increase, our planet has already been pushed to the limit, and communities across the globe are feeling the harsh impacts. It is the those who are least responsible for this crisis that are being dealt the strongest blows. Climate change is no longer some kind of distant future scenario; it is happening here and now, and requires a response like nothing we have ever seen before.

The red dot is a statement of solidarity with the people living and fighting on the front lines of a warmed world. Launched at the United Nations climate talks in Doha, it is as also a reminder to negotiators, politicians, and the entire UN that we will not back down. We refuse to compromise present or future lives and livelihoods. It is a statement of solidarity with communities on the front line of the expansion of the fossil fuel industry – an affirmation of our support for the rights of Indigenous peoples and frontline communities threatened by environmental and climate injustice. It is a declaration that we will not stand idly by as the planet is sold to the interests of the few on the backs of the many.

Climate change does not happen in isolation. The changing environment cannot be divorced from our political and economic systems. We cannot rise to this unprecedented challenge without acknowledging that climate change forces a fundamental shift in global society. It means shifting to a society that values people and the planet over profit and pollution. Deeper than that, it requires recognition that the struggles of people around the globe are rooted together, and that solutions do not exist in isolation.

By ignoring environmental limits for the past few decades, we have come to a point of reckoning Peoples’ movements worldwide are rising to challenge the status quo of economic and environmental injustice.

Last spring, a large and significant youth-led mobilization rocked the streets of Quebec in Canada for week after week and month after month. Though the movement started as a fight against tuition hikes for post-secondary education, it quickly grew.

The symbol of the movement was the red square. A viral symbol worn by students, the red square at first reflected this entire growing movement, but soon became more than simply an image. It became a statement of “On ne lâche pas!” – “we won’t back down”.

The red dot is more than an image. It is a reminder to those in the plenary halls that hour by hour and day by day, they risk keeping us on the path to a world that is more than 4 degrees warmer than it is right now. It is a reminder that their decisions has real consequence for the lived realities of hundreds of thousands of people. It is a symbol that our voices are unified.

Find unity in global struggles against the root causes of climate injustice. Join in, and connect the dots.

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