We Shall Overcome
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Working Towards the Future
As we advance our vision of a more just and sustainable world, we doubtlessly encounter countless obstructions, pain, frustration, and perhaps even despair. Some days are harder than others.
On those occasions Sustainably Motivated turns to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) and takes solace in his reminder that, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” His words are powerful and relevant. They help soothe some of the pain, and put things into historical perspective (see also James Baldwin).
With the recent rise of the political right internationally, and the election of Donal Trump as President of the United States, things do appear pretty bleak for those of us committed to averting devastating climate change. To curb greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protect our natural resources, we need to be rapidly transitioning towards sustainability.
Instead, the world’s largest economy just put in charge a man who denies science and will likely pull the US from the historic Paris Climate Accord. It’s certainly painful to witness. Yet MLK reminds us that these present injustices are obstacles to be overcome.
The End of the Arc
Much like the Civil Rights Movement, the Environmental Movement is ongoing and will require continued hope and commitment. Eventually, we will succeed. It’s only a matter of time and dedication. During these darker times however, take inspiration from MLK and other proponents of science, justice, and equality. We will make it to the end of the arc.