Our House is on Fire

Today will be another of my Power of Positivity posts. When I decided to put more emphasis on positive things that I see in the world, this was one of the first topics that came to mind.

By now, most of you have probably heard about Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish girl who is rallying the world to the crisis of climate change. I would even tend to say that crisis is too soft of a word to use when dealing with climate change. Imminent threat would be more appropriate.

I’ve embedded below a speech that Greta made at the World Economic Forum earlier this year. The most powerful moment is at the 5:15 mark. But I would strongly encourage you to listen to the entire video.

To see the world being swept up by the voice of a young girl is so very heartwarming. This shows that there is still hope, there is still light, there is still love in the world.

Over the past year, a series of demonstrations and strikes have been organized globally, following in the lead of Greta Thunberg. Students the world over have been gathering en masse, having their voices heard, their message spread. More recently, there have been a series of global demonstrations organized as part of the Global Climate Strike, between September 20 – 27. Through a series of rallies across the world on September 20th, more than 4 million people are reported to have participated. One rally alone in Melbourne, Australia drew some 100,000 people! People are speaking. Now it’s time for the rest of us, and our governments, to listen.

Another series of rallies are planned for September 27th, coinciding with the end of the Global Climate Strike week. I know that there is a rally planned here in Moncton, starting at noon at the Avenir Centre. I am hopeful that there will be a large turnout.

We only have one Earth. It’s time to face the truth and make some hard choices.This movement is one that should speak to the hearts of every single person on Earth. Our house is on fire. It’s time to do what we can to put it out.

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