Colette Pichon Battle, Founder and Executive Director of Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy and SCEN FRESH working group co-chair, recently gave a TED Talk. During her speech Colette touched on some pivotal points that will affect all of us in the near future. Colette explains the road she has traveled to become the person we know her to be and all the unexpected change her community and herself faced due to Hurricane Katrina.
Colette pleads for us all to open our eyes and make a difference that will benefit all humanity rather than just the few companies that benefit from exploiting our resources for financial gain. She mentions that “our social, political and economic systems of extraction must be transformed into systems that regenerate the earth and advance human liberty globally”. It is our duty to take matter into our own hands rather than wait for technology to clean up our mess, she argued.
We are urged by Colette to start planning today for the future and change our idea on human migration entirely to one of benefit for all parties rather than a burden. The climate crisis will displace more than 180 million people by 2100 and we must build sustainable cities that look to care for every person regardless of where they come from. We must change our mindset to understand that the survival of humanity is at stake and we can only accomplish life together.