My friend and collaborator Brian Eno recently mentioned to me an organization he is involved with. ClientEarth is an organization that has taken a somewhat unique approach to pushing for change regarding issues of pollution, fossil fuel emissions and more. Comprising a team of legal experts, they look for areas where regulations are being ignored or not being enforced, and where legal violations have not been addressed—and then they take action. They bring lawsuits against states and regions in order to effect change.
These are some of my favorite reasons to be cheerful. Around the world, the right and left are increasingly ensconcing themselves in their partisan bubbles, behaving and voting along tribal lines rather than according to what might actually make the most sense for them. These examples (and I’d love to have some from the liberal/Democrat side too) show that this needn’t be the case.
As in the rest of the Reasons to Be Cheerful posts, cross-platform images and ideas, this is about initiatives and changes that have already happened and have proven to be successful.
Cities around the world aren’t waiting for federal or state governments to mandate energy innovations and responses to climate change. Cities are more nimble than states and nations, and they’re stepping up to be the models for others. As Mayor Hidalgo of Paris said, “they are where the future happens”.
I’m starting an online project here that is an continuation and extension of some writing and talks I’ve done recently.
The project will be cross-platform—some elements may appear on social media, some on a website and some might manifest as a recording or performance… much of the published material will be collected here.