New Year's (Resistance) Resolution

🌏🌱🌍🌿🌎 My New Year’s (Resistance) Resolution is to dedicate the next 10 years of my life to the battle for #climate and #genderjustice. They are inextricably linked. Our house is on fire and women disproportionately bear the burden of the #climatecrisis, especially women of color. Scientists overwhelmingly conclude that we have less than 10 years to address the mess we’ve made. There is no Planet B. 

For those of us with earned and unearned privilege, the greatest responsibility is on us. Doing our part will mean giving up some of what we’ve profited and enjoyed at the expense of others. But it won’t matter when our lives are rich with a healthy planet, human rights, and a future for our children. 

Today I took three modest actions to kick off 2020:
1) Gave up red meat (officially) 
2) Donated a small sum to @americanforests to plant 50 trees
3) Started reading/learning about environmental racism in Washington, DC 
I’ve already down-sized from a house to apt., swapped my car for public transportation, and buy mostly secondhand clothing. It’s a start but not nearly enough. The real need is to keep fossil fuels in the ground. 

In 2020, please, let’s bring more compassion for our brothers and sisters, more joy to our work, more determination to dismantle oppression, and more mindfulness about our place in the world. 
Cue Janet. 🌏🌱🌍🌿🌎

About Lee Ann De Reus

Executive Director, DV LEAP; Co-founder, Panzi Foundation USA
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