Historical progress has never happened by wallowing in pessimism. It is our duty to address drastic problems with drastic solutions.
We know the odds are stacked against us. Most of us have grown up in the so-called “End of History” era, where the extent of our collective influence has been insufficient to fix, in any meaningful way, the problems of the world – insufficient to disrupt, in any meaningful way, the power structures that exacerbate them. We’ve been thrust out of the naivety of our youth, jaded enough by “realism” that we’ve all now got that same defence mechanism against disappointment that we instinctively deploy when faced with optimism:
“I admire the effort, but realistically, it’s just not going to happen.”
These thoughts and feelings are not alien to us. It’s how we’ve been conditioned to respond – by those who simply wish to save us from disappointment, as well as those who thrive on a general public acceptance of the status quo.
Our movement is made up of people who, for whatever crazy reason, have decided to put those nagging thoughts aside, give this thing a shot, put our heart and soul into it, and see where it goes. We’re spreading the word to everyone we can, trying to convince them to take that same leap of faith. But whenever anyone proposes this kind of collective upheaval of the system, they’re going to be met, either explicitly or implicitly, with the same refrain of “realism” in response.
And yet, we persist. We continue to give our all to fight for our planet. Why? Because it’s our planet.
Climate change is already affecting millions around the world. Every year that we, the majority of the population who want immediate climate action, remain paralyzed by indecision and infighting, conditions will only worsen for the poorest people in the most destitute places on Earth.
You have a chance to maybe, just maybe, help prevent the greatest disaster humanity has ever faced. To help save the masses of people who are – and will continue to be – victimized by the effects of climate change. To support the thousands of eager, ambitious, selfless, committed and optimistic volunteers who have built this movement and put their trust in people like you to make it work. Our fervent hope, for all of our sake, is that this trust is not misguided.
We’ve chosen to take the word “realistic” out of our vocabularies. None of the most significant positive changes in humanity’s history have been through “realism”. Reality is what we make it.