I want a world in which each of us lives in one another’s hearts. A world where we are compassionate to each other’s hunger, losses, and trauma, and strive to prevent them – even when we are born in different generations, on different continents, and with different religions. Allowing climate change to happen unabated sows a future of unprecedented global hardship and strife, and this outcome undercuts everything I want, and that’s why, even though I don’t know what will happen, or if my efforts will make a difference, I’m marching in New York City, getting arrested at the White House, and talking to other MIT students about what we can do. I have to act, because not doing so contradicts who I am: someone hoping that we all act with an audacious humanity.

- Alison F. Takemura, 28, USA (Fossil Free MIT member)

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