The fossil fuel industry is getting uneasy. The climate movement is growing by leaps and bounds, as more and more people (80 percent of Americans) connect the dots and begin to understand the nature of the threat.
As we reflect on a week characterized by a celebration of choice, a dedication to tackling climate disruption, and the attempt of some to "march for life," let us not forget the real marches for life made every day by women across the globe.
Devastating storms and lives lost, houses destroyed, sweltering heat waves, menacing bushfires, plunging winter temperatures, droughts, floods and even snowstorms in the desert: this is the reality of our weather. It's not a forecast.
Some might say that those 'Down Under' have a competitive streak with Americans, but competition can go too far: Australia is on the path to top America's nightmarish heat wave conditions with environmental conditions.
The relevance of this film festival is highly compelling in the light of increasing and undeniable evidence that the integrity of the life support systems of planet Earth is threatened by rampant greed and aggression reflective of a fundamental ignorance of our place in relation to the web of life.
We can do this. We can rise from these ashes and rally together, knowing that the pending global shift will end in inspired triumph. We have the tools. We have the drive. We have the passion, and our time is now.
Because of the rapid and continuing expansion of coal-fired generation in emerging economies, particularly in China and India, determined policy action will be needed to reverse the trend of the last decade.