By the end of our time at COP25 we felt the world at a critical crossroads: Will we seize this unique moment in human history to transition to renewables and put carbon back in the ground in order to benefit all and deeply transform power dynamics at play, or will we continue to rush head-on with the existing extractive and exploitative economic paradigm that is harming so many and driving us quickly to extinction?
Yesterday was the BIG day for Mothers Out Front and other winners of the 2019 United Nations Global Climate Award as we were officially recognized for all we have accomplished and got to share our stories. Amy and I spent the morning rehearsing while Amy’s son, Oliver, patiently listened in and took photos for us.
Amy and I arrived in Madrid just in time this morning for the 10am briefing of the 2019 recipients of the UN Climate Change Awards. We had to go through airport-like security to get in and got our badges. It is surreal to be here among so many people (10,000, inside!) and the thousands outside working and protesting to push world leaders to reach a climate treaty that will keep us under 1.5 degrees Celsius temperature increase. It is surreal being at COP25 to receive an award for Mothers Out Front only and exactly seven years (Dec 2012) after a small group of us met in Kelsey’s living room.
Amy practiced her new tweeting skills (and aced it) while at the #ClimateStrike in Boston on December 6th:
Amy Tai, leader in Mothers Out Front Newton, had a lot of preparation to do for her trip to Madrid, including learning how to use Twitter so we could see the journey through her eyes! She met with friends, team members and Ellen van Bever, National Communications volunteer to prepare!