I have a dream that one day humanity will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: that all generations — including those to come — are created equal and have the same right to enjoy life on this planet.
I have a dream that one day even our country, a desert country sweltering with the heat and wild weather of global warming, will be transformed into an oasis of security and stability.
I have a dream that my three little children will one day live on a planet where they will not have to fear whether the civilisation they grew up in and helped build will still be there in just a few decades.
I have a dream that one day this country, whose politicians are presently saying that climate change is a massive scam, will be transformed into a situation where solar panels, wind farms and hydroelectricity power the entire nation, including all vehicles we drive on the roads, and where even our planes fly on renewable energy.
With this faith we will be able to work together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for climate safety together, even without knowing whether we will ever actually achieve that goal.
Inspired by — and pretty much copy-pasted from — a public speech by American activist Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered on 28 August 1963 to over 250,000 civil rights supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, USA.
James Hansen: “We had a dream”
James E. Hansen’s speech just before he was arrested in front of the White House as part of the 2011 Tar Sands Action in Washington DC. Uploaded on YouTube.com on 30 August 2011.
Climate Progress – 14 April 2013:
Martin Luther King And The Call To Direct Action On Climate
By Joe Romm and Van Jones