As the nation reflects today on the 50 Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, some ponder how far we have progressed in addressing the civil rights issue. For those of us embroiled on the front lines of the climate change awareness movement, one can only imagine what our children and grandchildren might say of our actions (or lack thereof) in 2063.
Many of us today also have a dream. That dream consists of a nation much less dependent on fossil fuels. A world whose burgeoning energy needs can be met with ever increasing amounts of renewable resources. The creation of a sensible and collaborative energy policy developed by communities and their elected representatives, one that is not altered by lobbyists from the oil and coal industries. We have a dream today.
Any successful social movement is one driven by a collection of individuals dedicated to changing the world for the better. Change is often difficult and sometimes moves at a such a slow pace, it is hard to discern any type of meaningful progress. But changes does come and is made possible by each of us doing our small part to make it happen.
Today is a day filled with the promise of change. Today is filled with the promise that each of us can make a difference.