And right now federal governments
are failing to act. The United States,
to the horror of the world withdrew from the
Paris agreement. But despite that,
many of the other actors in charge of
some of the most advanced and wealthiest economies,
have withdrawn from the agreement in action.
Not a single one is on track to meet
their Paris goals. Deeper still, we don’t
have to project one minute into
our future to see that the climate crisis
is already here. On this note, I speak
to you not as an elected official or public figure,
but I speak to you as a human being.
A woman whose dreams of motherhood
now taste bittersweet. Because of what I know
about our children’s future. And that our actions
are responsible for bringing their most dire
possibilities into focus. I speak to you as a daughter
and descendant of colonised peoples who have already
begun to suffer. Just two years ago,
one of the deadliest disasters in the United States struck
in the form of Hurricane Maria. The climate change-powered
storm killed over 3,000 Puerto Ricans, American citizens,
my own grandfather died in the aftermath.
None of this is a coincidence; because climate change
is not a coincidence or a scientific anomaly.
Climate change is a consequence. It is a consequence of our
unsustainable way of life. Because it is unsustainable
to organise our society as we have, centered on
prioritising personal gain and profit over any and all
human or planetary considerations. And frankly, it is unsustainable
to continue to believe that our system of runaway,
unaccountable, law-breaking pursuit of profit, whose
inequality is so socially destabilizing that it is giving rise
to authoritarians who burn our forests and
challenge the democracies that listen to basic science
and to think that that has nothing to do with this.
[Audience clapping and cheering]