(Common Dreams) -- What is it going to take to save the planet from environmental devastation?
Sheer people power? We certainly saw that on the eve of last week’s UN Climate Summit in New York. Some 400,000 marchers packed the streets of Manhattan. Millions more rallied the same day in over 2,600 other actions in 162 countries.
Or can simple shaming get world leaders to start seriously addressing the climate change challenge? We saw some serious shaming last week, too.
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Spoken-word poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner from the Marshall Islands — the nation climate change most immediately endangers — helped open Tuesday’s UN summit with an open letter to her baby daughter that reportedly brought many of the 120 world leaders present to tears.