Climate March Signs: Days 7-13

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Below (on website for email subscribers) are the concepts for 7-12 of 28 days brainstorming sign ideas for the People’s Climate March. I wish I could say that I was running out of ideas… This batch of signs is focused particularly on the fact that the burden of climate change is likely to fall most heavily on the communities and people least responsible for creating the problem– primarily residents of the “global south”– those without economic resources, living close to the vagaries of weather and climate disturbance. Though the idea of climate reparations has come up somewhat in global talks, there has was little in the way of commitment from the ‘global North’ to address the already dire drought driving famine and conflict in countries like Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria, or to think about what relocation might look like for a country like Bangladesh, where many millions live subsistence lifestyles in the path of sea level rise. The idea that our approach to climate resilience needs to focus first on the most vulnerable communities has relevance on a global scale, but also domestically and locally, as became abundantly clear in each of the recent natural disasters experienced in this country, from Katrina, to this past summer’s flooding in North Carolina.

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Day 10 of 28 brainstorming signs for the #peoplesclimatemarch, #climatemarch theme: RIP Great Barrier Reef #tombstone. Water temperatures and ocean acidification from CO2 in the atmosphere are causing massive die-offs of the microscopic animals that make up living coral reefs worldwide. As summer winds down in the southern hemisphere, the Great Barrier reef has experienced a third year of extensive coral bleaching. We must now face the possibility that the reef will bleach entirely in the next few years, an enormous #climatechange caused blow to biodiversity. A bright line has been drawn for me. How can I live my life so that there is some possibility that my children and grandchildren could possibly live in a world with living coral reefs? #climateaction #whyimarch #climatechangeisreal #greatbarrierreef #pcm #climatemarchsigns

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Day 11 of 28 brainstorming signs for the #peoplesclimatemarch, #climatemarch on 4/29 in DC and cities nationwide. My 8-year old son saw my sketch for the #greatbarrierreef tombstone today, and asked if it was true that it was dead. When I explained a bit about what was happening, and about the March, he immediately wanted to go. I think he feels like there is this looming crisis (he is our kid, so he hears about it a lot) but that everyone around him is in denial. Today, I started in on a sketch of some of the classic themes I know will be there on 4/29: including #keepitinthegorund #ThereIsNoPlanetB #PeopleOverProfits #ClimateChangeIsReal #NoMasPlomo, and threw a tombstone in there for good measure. I hope anyone following along with this project will find a sign they relate to here, or maybe send an idea in on the comments?

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Day 12 of 28 brainstorming signs for the #peoplesclimatemarch, #climatemarch. Today's theme: climate resilience is predicated on equity, and vice versa. Extreme disparities in wealth, education, and the built environment make some communities significantly more vulnerable to the extreme weather, cost increases, and displacement associated with climate change than those with ample resources. This is true domestically and globally. We need to make funding work to build equity into all climate mitigation and adaptation strategies. Climate resilience for wealthy people/ wealthy nations isn't resilience at all, and leaves behind those least responsible for creating this crisis. #climatedebt #yesmen #justtransition #climatejustice.

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