COP21 Update from Paris

“Canoe flotilla” uniting tribes from around the world to raise their voice for a just & sustainable representation of first nations peoples at the Climate Talks

Hand-painted posters for an Indigenous Environmental Network action

Aaron meeting with UNESCO President, Guy Djorkin

Aaron and Earth Guardians performing @ UNESCO, United Nations for the “Speak The Trees” awards ceremony

Aaron Ableman’s song “Speak For The Trees” with the Earth Guardians received an UNESCO award. He was invited to the Paris United Nations conference to join an international delegation of youth leaders in partnership with the Earth Guardians, performing and speaking about the importance of storytelling, music and creative innovations to tackle the global climate crisis. Additionally, he joined Forest Nation as an artist-ambassador, releasing a music video about ​the power of ​planting trees​​​​​ worldwide​. Below is a snippet of his humanitarian European tour, with a list of his top 3 visionary solutions on why we must take action on climate & sustainability:

1) Global attention and heightened awareness has been forged around the state of the global climate and biosphere. Before this year’s conference, most mainstream stations and outlets hadn’t paid much attention to the science, economics nor the everyday stories of extreme weather and destabilized ecosystems in communities worldwide. That is finally changing because of the courageous activism, artistry and media storytelling that has been come together around such global convenings as the United Nations. There is still much work to do, but we’re finally moving in the right direction!

2) Cross-sector collaborations – including coalition building and partnerships between very diverse organizations and leaders – has expanded and concretized in numerous ways heretofore unseen. For example, just yesterday, I met with the executive director of UNESCO, who wants to partner in creating innovative global youth campaigns that highlight frontline / vulnerable communities’ struggles to sustain a healthy livelihood in the face of increasing marginalization and climate refugee flight, ie. Health food, clean water and balanced climate.

3) Multiple public actions featuring the voices of indigenous tribes and youth leaders have been a happy antidote to the political rhetoric within the negotiations of the United Nations delegates. It’s not that we don’t want the delegates to work toward a “universal accord” around climate change – ie. 100% renewable energy, regenerative agriculture for carbon sequestration, new technologies based on biomimicry, investments into developing nations ecological sustainability – but that we need civil society to take agency and action in bringing these economic and political discussions to a deeper integrity and authenticity.