Soldier in you

Sailosi Batiratu | Sunday, November 12, 2017
Armistice or Remembrance Day is held, without fail, every year on November 11. This day commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11am on November 11 in 1918.

It's a global commemoration held on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to mark the event which signalled the end of WWI.

While that signing 99 years ago marked the end of a war, we need to remember today that we are engaged in another "war" with much more serious consequences if we do not make all the effort to win.

As the battles of this war rage all across the globe, people are forced from their homes temporarily, or for some, permanently. It is a war that can change the face of the earth to such an extent that life is seriously threatened.

World leaders meet every year, they are meeting right now in the city of Bonn in Germany for this year's forum, to decide on how to best tackle the problem that we must treat as a war, the problem of climate change and its effects.

Not only for WWI but also for WWII and other conflicts around the world where men and women have mobilised to fight the forces which threaten the moral fibre of our society, the very foundation of our existence to fight for what is good, so should we all work together to save not only what is good, but our everything, our common home — planet Earth.

This is one fight in which we are all soldiers because the danger threatens each and every one of us. We have to think like soldiers on a mission. We must act to stop the world getting any warmer.

We must have a strategy, we must have a plan. Leaders at every level; global, regional, national, community and even the family, must act decisively.

If there are some of us who still think that climate change is largely the result of activities in larger developed countries so they should change the way they do things to slow down climate change and its effects, then an already serious problem becomes even more challenging. Knowing the origins of the problem should only be a tool to understand what we are up against — so enabling him or her to make life-changing decisions — and not for any other purpose, least of all the blame game.

Big, medium sized countries or small, the rising sea makes no distinction. Whether one is white, black, brown or yellow or whatever colour else there is, will not make a difference.

What will make a difference is if we use our combined will, intelligence, technological advances, faith and belief systems in the fight against global warming and climate change.

If we don't, then it might be that in the not too distant future, there will be no Remembrance Day because the soldiers of planet Earth did not fight hard enough, or did not care enough to save her from a watery grave.

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