I had a chat today with my partner’s grandchildren. They are his by blood, mine by love. Robin is spending the winter (summer in Australia) with them in Melbourne. I’ll join them in February/March and already know that returning to Canada will be wrenching.
So I’m applauding a young spitfire who stood up at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban and called world leaders to task for their wimpy response to an issue that is threatening her future and the future of the little ones who don’t yet know what is coming.
Anjali Appurdai is from Vancouver, B.C. She is a student from the College of the Atlantic in Maine. I heard her on CBC today, talking about all the preparation that went into the talk she delivered in Durban. She is strong and confident but part of a generation whose future has been placed in jeopardy by the generations before her.
When she reads the line, “Respect the future of your descendants,” I think of the beautiful children I connected with via Skype today. When she ends her talk with, “Get it done”, I cheer. When she leads the young people in the back of the room with those same words, I cheer.
We are failing these young people, but she and the beautiful little ones I chatted with today give me hope that the world may be taken over by young hands who will hold it with far more respect, far more compassion and understanding, than the generations who have gone before them.