Hope. It’s such a small word for something so important.
Hope sustains us through the dark times; it’s what remains when all else is lost. It’s powerful yet fragile – when things go wrong we talk about our hopes being dashed, crushed, trampled upon…In a secular age when we laugh at superstition, we still cross our fingers, make a wish as we blow out our birthday candles and knock on wood.
Hopenhagen recognises that it’s the one emotion we all share; it’s at the heart of what it means to be human.
This campaign is so vital – the summit at Copenhagen is genuinely the most important meeting of our lives. And while few of us may be directly involved in the summit itself, or the decision making that will occur there, it’s up to all of us to make our voices heard, to stand up and be counted and ensure our leaders know we demand action – decisive, strong, affirmative action on the future of our planet.
I’m submitting my application to be Hopenhagen’s citizen journalist representative because I believe it’s my responsibility to get the message out, to make sure the important information reaches the wider world and to empower people to tell their stories and to demand change. I’ve been trying to take better care of my environment for a number of years now, but I’ve begun to realise just how dependent we all are on one another. There’s a bigger story to tell, many voices to be heard and thanks to the unprecedented reach and accessibility of new technologies and the power of the social web, we have the best chance yet of enabling the voices of the many to be heard by our leaders.
Through my involvement in the Tcktcktck campaign I’ve seen the potential for change when people across the globe make the decision to speak out on why it’s so crucial for us to act, and to act now, and we’re only at the start of our journey.
There are so many worthwhile organisations all striving to reach the same goal; TckTckTck, Vote Earth, Hopenhagen and many more, locally and globally. What really matters is not which group you lend your support to, or which petition you sign. What matters is that you add your voice, take action, reach out and tell someone else about it today.
We don’t have all the time in the world, and we can’t allow ourselves to be swayed by commerce, apathy or to be daunted by the sheer size of the task ahead. We know that the cost of action may be high, but the cost of inaction is unknowable; it’s a risk we can’t afford to take, for our own sake and the sake of future generations.
Hope is all that was left after Pandora unleashed the box of ills upon the world, to succour us and keep us going when it seems the way ahead is too tough. We none of us know exactly how climate change will impact us, but it is our duty to take responsibility for the planet, our effect upon it, and more than this, to make a choice about the kind of world we want to live in. I want to live in a world that cares; that makes decisions that will benefit the many, not the few; a world where we are united in our desire to make positive change in our lives.
This is my hope.
It would be absolutely amazing if you’d vote for me. Thank you.