Actions, this is what I have chosen my focus to be and this is how I will help better the environment. This is a realization I came to after the first week in COP21. During the weekend of the first week and the second week of COP21, I was spending a lot of time at the art space provided for activists at COP21 and I got somehow roped into joining the team organizing for the D12 Red Lines Campaign on the last day of COP21. This was a campaign that was to highlight the flaws of the COP21 process and to state the red lines that we the civil societies and people , would not cross. I was not directly involved or a big part of this team but I had my part to play in the Kit delivery team.
I was in the Kit Delivery Team and we were in charge of making sure this campaign had its art work and made sure the activists and people coming to support this campaign got them. I can’t really say much about what I went through but let me say this it was a roller coaster of emotions and situations were tense and stressful. There was so much to get done and because we were so closely monitored by the police we couldn’t really talk much to anyone else, we couldn’t really discuss our problems with our friends and this was really taking its toll on me. I understood the need for secrecy and all the hush hush. I had heard some stories of other activists being put into jail for fighting for their rights, for standing up for what they believe in. They’re methods maybe violent and harsh but they are definitely necessary and this is not taken very well by the police.
I attended one meeting which I can share a little on, it was the first meeting I attended, the meeting place had been switched twice because the first one was compromised, police had bugged the place. So with a last minute text , I headed to the new meeting point and was in for an amazing experience. Whilst there, I felt an energy I had never felt before, it was intense ,powerful, protective but most clearly it was something new, something I feel was revolutionary. I had read in the history books about rebel groups or opposition parties that fought for good causes, and then in that room, I felt like I was a part of one. This was a group that was fighting to ensure that our message and our fight for the climate goes on and that our voices are heard. I saw how they practiced a system of organization similar to that we follow in our YOUNGO daily meetings, and later I confirm that this is the model YOUNGO adopted it from.
I wish I could say more but I can say that I have realized the importance of actions, they send a clear message to the world that this is what I fight for, Hear me.
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