Yet again, those of us on the frontlines of climate struggle, the indigenous land defenders, the people of color fighting police brutality, racism, and gentrification in toxic cities, the eco-warriors who put their lives on the line to defend forests, mountains, and swamps have been led astray by our own complacent "vanguard."
When I got back home from Paris, I was exhausted, but I couldn't wait to see you. I had been away for weeks, meeting with activist partners from all over the world, women who are leaders in communities on the frontlines of climate change. I was tired, but when I walked through our front door, and you ran to me, I was filled with a new energy: a determination to fight for the future you deserve.
Not only does the poor quality of existing sanitation cause significant health problems for billions of people across the world, inadequate, poorly thought-through sanitation systems are contaminating our environment. And still, sanitation barely gets a mention in international statements and commitments.