Embracing the New

Embracing the New

By Juliana, new student, CCC Team #15

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life and in change there is power.” - Alan Cohen

This quote very much resonates with a decision I made a little over a year ago. Movement and change have been two constants in my life since, no pun intended. Just recently, I’ve learnt that the word courage is a derivative of the Latin coraticum, which could be translated as “action from the heart”. And this has made a whole difference on how I see my decision as being a courageous one. Because the decision to leave what was no longer meaningful had no rationale involved, it could only have come from my heart! And boy, this is freedom!!

This is how I have come to be involved in projects based on a lot of courage and meet people who have also been acting from their hearts. This same movement has brought me to Richmond Vale Academy, located in one of the poorest islands of the Caribbean, to be a part of the Climate Compliance team for the next six months. Eleven of us, coming from all corners of planet Earth are getting together to learn, practice and share with the local community small actions that could assist in our adaptation to climate change.

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change is by all means a big achievement of the international community. However, real change is only possible if it is supported by bottom up initiatives such as the one I am about to be involved in. Here's to much more courage, movement and change in the world!

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