December: New Moon 11 / Winter Solstice 21 / Full Cold Moon-Christmas 25 / New Year’s Eve 31
The COP21 Climate Summit that culminates in Paris with the arrival of the December 11th New Moon also convened in the aftershocks of a violent, cataclysmic event that shattered lives and the country’s usual composure. France’s will to recover, to heal, is as stirring as Mother Nature’s own. Yet in our directives to punish and avenge the misguided agendas of terrorist-separatists, I worry for the hyper-inflammatory Islamaphobia, escalated warfare, and erosion of privacy in presumed democratic nations.
Last September 2014, I cavorted with the throngs at the Peoples Climate March held in New York City. We filled the streets with a delirious hope that “inconvenient truths” which drive climate change policy issues would finally be redressed by the U.S. and China, in partnership with other leading global nations. Ironically, the Paris terrorist attacks (and more recent events here in the states) were expected to inspire solidarity among the leadership to not only make stronger agreements but to actually uphold them, in particular, on financing for poorer countries where populations of color bear the weight of broken promises and denial. Well…let’s keep hope alive.
Margaret Mau and Vonda Moar-Mallone, two Torres Strait Islander Health Managers for the Papua New Guinea region, (a Commonwealth of Australia) and Mary Robinson, Ireland’s first female president (1990-97) and the U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Change – represent divergent worldviews on climate denial, gender, and exclusion. Yet they also speak to profound commonalities on the impact of these issues on known communities. As Robinson remarked in The Guardian,
“This is a very male world at the conference…If you don’t have women here, how can you say this is about people?”
Robinson added that many women were without “proper” badges and, therefore, denied attendance at the most “high security” meetings. Her statement leaves me wondering how women who are appointed representatives could for any reason, be excluded from these higher profile negotiations? Such actions perpetuate mistrust in our ability to create sustainable dynamic alternatives for the future of the planet and female leadership at the forefront. A planet that increasingly witnesses women growing populations across the African continent, Eastern Europe, and surprise, China.
In her moving Guardian video interview “The Trauma of Climate Change in the Land of Our Ancestors,” Vonda Moar-Mallone reminds us that smaller island-channel areas subsist in the shadows of “first world” Commonwealths and that climate change has “a holistic effect” on [their] lives. Their trauma she explains is the result of rising tides, land erosion, floods, and forced relocation, which significantly destabilizes the Straits’ economic and cultural survival.
“People living in these communities…suffer from this type of trauma every year.”
In faraway “lands of the ancestors” — we recognize the familiar lives of the brown, women and poor — in the relentless journeying of climate change and green matters.
Stay green. Stay square. Pamela
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