- The Phoenix
- Where we are at the end of 2021
Where we are at the end of 2021
In January 2020, before Joe Biden's inauguration, before Covid, before George Floyd's murder, I wrote a preview of the decade to come — the most important decade in the most important century when it comes to emergency-scale climate action rooted in justice.
Here's what I wrote for 2021:
In the real world, of course, some of that happened, but most of it did not — at least not on the scale that's needed to meet this moment. I can't help but feel like the lackluster commitments made at the Glasgow COP and the failure to pass the Build Back Better bill — the centerpiece of Biden's climate agenda — have been enormous setbacks to the climate movement this year.
All this, of course, in an environment where we're seeing our democracy being overrun by white supremacy is enough to make 2022 seem ominous.
The truth is, I don't know what it's going to take. But I know that we will win, because we simply must.
Whether you've been working on climate for decades, or days, whether it's all you live and breathe, or its something you've pushed into the back of your brain because it's simply too overwhelming to engage with — you're part of the answer.
In these final days before 2022, I'm going to try to re-engage with the certainty of a better future I felt two years ago when I wrote these words. The first step in building a future where all of us matter, after all, is believing it's possible.