Today we’re in an exciting moment for the climate movement. We’re bigger and bolder than ever before, and we’ve won huge victories no one would have deemed possible a short time ago. But will it be enough? And how will our movement rise to the challenge of our time, if we don’t know what success looks like?
From our perspective, building a shared vision of what we want to achieve is a necessary and pivotal step toward making that vision a reality. That’s why Rainforest Action Network is excited to invite you to participate in a project we’re calling Change the Course: People-Powered Strategies for a Stable Climate. Change the Course is an invitation to dig deep and think hard about what it would actually take to stabilize the climate and create a just transition to a post-carbon future. At in-person events and online, we’ll crowd source a detailed vision of what a sustainable and just future would actually look like--from our energy, transportation, and agricultural systems to political, social, and economic systems.
Change the Course will provide the climate movement with a collective vision of a best-case scenario for a sustainable and just 2050, and a vision for what it will take to get there, so that our benchmark is what’s necessary, not just what seems possible now. It is our hope that Change the Course will also demonstrate how the fight to stabilize the climate is interlinked with other fights for justice—and how all these channels converge in the aspiration for a better future. We hope the community vision will inspire bolder and more ambitious work that connects the dots between where we stand today and where we need to go.
So ask yourself: what would it actually take to stabilize the climate and create a more just future? What specific things are in your vision of a just and climate-stable future? Solutions won’t come from the top down; they’ll come from the bottom up.
Let’s Change the Course.