I wrote this one a few weeks after ST Haiyan swept through (almost a year ago) the Philippines. I was reminded by this today when I stumbled upon this documentary on CLIMATE CHANGE- <a href="http://
In light of the grave devastation caused by ST Haiyan/ Yolanda AND the ongoing Climate Talks in Warsaw, I would like to reiterate (some parts of) this very compelling speech given by Elie Wiesel in Oslo on December 10, 1986 when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize (to remind all nations that CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL AND SOMETHING MUST BE DONE):
Words of gratitude. First to our common Creator… “Barukh atah Adonan . . . sehekhyana vekiymanu vehigianu lax an haseh”– ” Blessed be Thou. . . For giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this day.”
And now the boy is turning to me. “Tell me,” he asks, “what have you done with my future, what have you done with your life?” And I tell him that I have tried. That I have tried to keep memory alive, that I have tried to fight those who would forget. Because if we forget, we are guilty, we are accomplices.
And then I explain to him how naive we were, that the world DID know and remained silent… Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.
There is so much injustice and suffering crying out for our attention… Something must be done about OUR CLIMATE (their) situation…. There is so much to be done, there is so much that can be done.
One person of integrity can make a difference, a difference of life and death… What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone, that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their (climate) freedom depends on ours, the quality of our (climate) freedom depends on theirs.
Our lives no longer belong to us alone; they belong to all those who need us desperately. -EW
Because there is no greater war than that which we have within ourselves- in the struggle, in the confusion, in our test of weakness- to continue on fighting the good fight.