On November 21st through the 23rd, Harvard and I attended an incredible gathering of more than 200 people for the inaugural NC Climate Justice Summit, at Haw River State Park. From the flyer for this event:
JOIN US FOR THE FIRST STATEWIDE GATHERING OF YOUTH & ADULT COMMUNITY LEADERS FOCUSED ON CONNECTING THE DOTS BETWEEN SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES & CLIMATE CHANGE.
We will explore how climate change impacts our food, water, energy, housing, transportation, health and economy in NC. And we will discover ways to strengthen our community resilience in the face of these impacts. Together, we will name the core problems and identify emerging solutions. Together, we will build new connections and skills that will support us to create the future we want now!
IT IS TIME TO BUILD OUR RESILIENCE.
IT IS TIME TO RESIST, REFORM, RE-IMAGINE AND RE-CREATE.
IT IS TIME FOR THE NC CLIMATE JUSTICE SUMMIT.
What we learned is that the effects of climate change are already impacting people, but not just in South Asia or Africa--climate change is already affecting people right here in North Carolina. The event organizer, Jodi Lasseter, and many helpers, re-awakened the participants' positive emotions of compassion, reflection, and hope. We all left the event with renewed conviction to do all we can to help prevent the worst outcomes of climate change--the greatest threat to life on the planet since the advent of nuclear weapons.
Harvard and I got to tell the group about our book-in-progress, Train Wreck Earth, due out in 2015 at a tabling event.
Next year's time and place have not been announced yet, but I wouldn't miss it. Keep an eye out for the announcements, and if you want to recharge your resolve to help prevent the worst outcomes of climate change, meet Harvard and me there.