Powerful to see climate change focus during opening ceremony of Olympic games in Rio. This Grist article describes it and offers a clip. Having several times been in Rio and other parts of Brazil working on sustainability issues I know the country has its own sustainability and climate w
ork to do. However, making the decision to include this very clear and direct piece on climate change in the ceremonies was a great way to harness the visibility of the games to raise awareness and catalyze action.
For some reason this has me thinking of that wonderful scene in Lord of the Rings, Two Towers:
Frodo says, “I can’t do this, Sam.”
Sam: “I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines, it will shine out all the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding onto something.”
Frodo: “What are we holding onto, Sam?”
Sam: “That there’s some good in this world, Mr Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”
This magnificent planet is indeed worth fighting for! Glad to see some of the Games harnessed on her behalf. Every step toward the Common Good matters.
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