I have never participated in a protest in my life. Well, at least not before last Sunday.
While assertive and determined when it comes to defending my point of view in a conversation, I was never quite passionate enough about a specific topic to literally take to the streets in order to convince others.
The burning urgency of Climate Change has changed that, and I am proud to have participated in Cyprus’ first Mothers Rise Up march on May 12th in Nicosia. The future of our children – and that of all the children in the world – is in grave danger because we are not listening to Mother Earth.
The more I research the matter, the more angry and concerned I become.
This morning’s shocking news that an American explorer has found plastic waste on the seafloor while breaking the record for the deepest ever dive dominated our breaskfast table conversation. Then later today, a Cyprus Mail article confirmed that our little island will miss its environmental targets for 2020 and 2030.
That takes us past the 11 years we have left to prevent irreversible damage from Climate Change.
Scary, right? We need to stand up and speak up, spread the word and raise awareness. You can contribute by joining Mothers Rise Up Cyprus today. Still not convinced? Read my piece on why Kat and I felt compelled to support this environmental conservation organisation.
There’re nothing wrong with letting our voice be heard, and even if organised protest seems a bit ‘extreme’ at first – we shouldn’t let it intimidate us.
We can be grateful that we live in a democracy, that we have voting rights, that free speech is honoured and that we can freely play a role in shaping our children’s future.
Let’s do this. Today.