Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
Haile Selassie I
First, let me tell you — I am not making this up. I am scrupulously careful when I pull my Card of the Week, even though there are plenty of times I wish I could stuff the card back and try again, or else pull what I want to pull.
But I admit I did consider, sleepily pouring my first coffee this Mabon morning, wouldn’t it be strange if the reading turned up this Major Arcana card, representing as it does the sign of Libra. For this very day is the celebration of the Sun moving into the sign of the balanced scales. Today is the Equinox and the first day of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.
Another cup later, after waking up a bit more, and performing my meditations, invocations, and other preparations, with Callie, my Tarot familiar snuggled next to me (she likes to supervise), this week’s card fairly leapt out at me.
There could be no mistaking it, and I was covered in chills, when in my hand was the Justice card.
Since we have gotten it rather frequently lately, including less than a month ago, I asked my guides if, as they have done for other important cards, I should ask for the card to speak directly through me. Especially since it seems so persistent and urgent with its recurring visits.
I was told, no, not like The High Priestess has done. The voice of Justice this week of the turning season is a human voice, and she spoke today, at almost the exact time as I was pulling the card.
So I give you her voice, her words, and hope that her message resonates with each and every soul reading here.
Karmic rectification is upon us. May Justice awaken us to act without reservation.
Greta Thunberg’s Speech to the United Nations
Monday, Sept. 23, 2019
This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be standing here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to me for hope? How dare you!
You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth.
How dare you!
For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight? You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that.
Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil, and that I refuse to believe.
The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in ten years only gives us a 50 percent chance of staying below 1.5 degrees and the risk of setting up irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.
Fifty percent may be acceptable to you, but those numbers do not include tipping points, most feedback loops, additional warming hidden by toxic air pollution, or the aspects of equity and climate justice.
They also rely on my generation sucking hundreds of billions of tons of your CO2 out of the air with technologies that barely exist. So a 50 percent risk is simply not acceptable to us. We who have to live with the consequences. To have a 67 percent chance of staying below the 1.5 degree of temperature rise — the best odds given by the IPCC [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change], the world had 420 gigatons of carbon dioxide left to emit back on January 1, 2018.
Today that figure is already down to less than 350 gigatons.
How dare you pretend that this can be solved with business-as-usual, and some technical solutions. With today’s emissions levels, that remaining CO2 budget will be entirely gone in less than eight and a half years.
There will not be any solutions or plans presented in line with these figures here today because these numbers are too uncomfortable and you are still not mature enough to tell it like it is.
You are failing us, but young people are starting to understand your betrayal. The eyes of all future generations are upon you.
And if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this.
Right here, right now, is where we draw the line.
The world is waking up, and change is coming whether you like it or not.