A theme that came up over and over again at Monday’s rally was love.
It came from Turner Bledsoe, a 79-year old who had walked the entire 70 miles of the march. He said, “It’s a march of love–love and concern. I want your lives to be as good as mine was.”
It came from Ben Thompson, a student activist who is taking time off from grad school to pursue climate justice full-time. He said, “Our activism is a series of acts of love.”
It came from the dancing, the music, the blisters on the feet of everyone who walked for six days straight.
It came from the fervent, shared hope for a better world.
A world in which, as Ben said, no one would have to die so that others can have meaningful work. A world in which no one would have to die so that a mother can turn on a light to read to her child.
Building the bridge from our world to that world is doing to take strength we can barely imagine.
We can only do it with love.
We will rise up.