The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.

– Ernest Hemingway

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Wow. A rare moment of hope and agency. In the words of former Australian senator Scott Ludlam: “Watching [the climate strike] roll across the timezones like a wave of defiance is making me feel like I live on a planet, rather than a fragmented jigsaw of angry nationalisms.”

Watching the many photos and videos of people flooding squares and roads across the world still gives me warm and fuzzy feelings today. I want to share two particular images/tweets that made me stop as they appeared in my timeline in quick succession:

The first one is this photo of Greta outside the Swedish parliament. The second one, taken a little over a year later, is a photo of young women striking in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Thanks to everyone who responded to my calls to action with words of support. I understand that not everyone feels as strongly about this issue as I do. (Although I’m afraid it’s only a matter of time until the rest reluctantly awakes.) Anyway, this is a start. The road to system change is an arduous one. Let’s keep the conversation going. Recharge. Reorganise.

Kai

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