It’s the year 2113. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2013. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?
The year was a year marked by drought, tornadoes, major snow storms and dangerous heat waves. It was the year that climate change started to be taken seriously by certain governments. The Chinese came on board while Canada turned its back on climate science when it embraced tar sands fossil fuel exploitation. Moreover, the Arctic Circle came up in discussions since the Arctic Ice had melted providing easy access to drilling, a few superpowers were circling and angling for drilling rights even though oceans were rising as they were trying to get there to drill.
As we were accepting our responsibilities to safeguard our planet and her resources; it still felt that for every step forward, we were taking two steps back.
Moreover, we were seeing the Global Corporatocracy making its will known everywhere. Corporations were actively installing their headquarters in tax havens throughout the world thus starving their respective governments of beneficial tax revenues that could have gone a long way to rebuild infrastructure, fund higher education and shore up the social insurance safety nets designed to make sure that the least amount of people fall down into abject poverty.
The fight against hunger and poverty was one that we were losing, but when I thought that it was hopeless, we started to see demonstrations on a global level; in Brazil, Canada, Turkey, Greece, France, Portugal and parts of the United States. These protests were aimed against Big Oil, Big Agriculture, Big Bank and certain governments in general. The people were speaking and making themselves heard. This is an important milestone in history as is all the other demonstrations in the past that were vital in promoting worker's rights and liberties.