February 29, 2016 Is “International Leap Day”

Mark your calendars. February 29, 2016 is “International Leap Day.”


The Leap Manifesto is a call for Canada that is “based on caring for the Earth and one another.” Now, February 29, 2016 has been declared “International Leap Day.” It’s all explained in an email from the Leap Manifesto Team:

The Leap in Paris

Early this December, Naomi Klein and the Leap Manifesto team joined thousands of activists and grassroots leaders from around the world during the UN climate negotiations in Paris. We were there to make clear that we refuse to leave our future in the hands of the world’s heads of state.

And it was an opportunity to introduce the Leap Manifesto to a global audience, alongside some of our partners from the social justice, labour, environmental and Indigenous rights movement. Read a review of our Leap event in the New Republic.

The Leap Manifesto is directly inspiring projects the world-over – in Australia people are building a diverse coalition in preparation for their version of the Leap Manifesto, in England people are marching for “Jobs, Justice and the Climate,” and several green and progressive parties across Europe have banded together to launch their own manifesto.

In an interview with Naomi Klein, even a CNN anchor praised the Leap Manifesto: “In reading it, it seems like a blueprint that could be used around the world.”

We don’t say this often, but we think CNN is right.

We knew that by the end of the Paris climate summit, heads of state wouldn’t have signed anything that deserved to be called a success – not measured by what climate science is telling us is necessary, nor measured by what we know is politically possible. But people from around the world were clear that our movements are on a roll and that we need a post-Paris peoples’ plan – and we think the Leap Manifesto can help.

February 29, 2016 Is International Leap Day

We think Leap years are a great metaphor because, on that day, we change our human system in deference to the Earth’s revolution around the Sun. It is, after all, easier to adjust human-created laws than it is to change the laws of nature. And we think that people are ready to transform our political and economic system in a bold way.

We look forward to working with you all in the coming Leap year to build pressure on our government that cannot be ignored.

Yours,

The Leap Manifesto Team


Mainstream media coverage of the Paris climate talks was generally positive. Yet, in actuality, international commitment to climate action falls far short. “At best, scientists who have analyzed it say, it will cut global greenhouse gas emissions by about half enough as is necessary to stave off an increase in atmospheric temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.”

Why Most Of What You Think You Know About The Paris Climate Deal Is Wrong: An Annotated News Story (Link)

 

With a little distance from the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, it’s clear that the meaning of the deal struck there is deeply contested. From the euphoric pronouncements of politicians like U.S. President Obama (this is “the best chance we have to save the one planet that we’ve got”) to the scathing dismissal of climate scientist James Hansen (it’s a “fraud”), lots of people reading the coverage of the agreement are understandably confused about what to make of it.

As independent journalists who were in Paris for the duration of the talks, following the twists and turns of the negotiations, we’ve been dismayed (if not surprised) by how faithfully large news organizations have reported spin as fact.

So in the spirit of correcting the record, we’ve annotated parts of a typical news story on the deal. While we chose the New York Times, we could easily have done the same for any of the major wire services or other big news organizations: the coverage was by and large as homogenous as it was inaccurate. […]

— Avi Lewis and Rajiv Sicora, The Leap

 

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