My new hero

Of course, she was escorted from the hall and her credentials were revoked. Thank you, Abigail, for speaking out for the rest of us. From Think Progress:

The delegates assembled in Durban, South Africa to tackle the civilizational challenge of manmade climate destruction burst into sustained applause on Thursday when a young American interrupted the proceedings to speak on behalf of the United States people. Abigail Borah, a 21-year-old student from Middlebury College and member of the youth climate delegation, spoke out in the plenary hall as US climate envoy Todd Stern prepared to address the assembled environmental ministers.

I am scared for my future,” she said, because of the “obstructionist Congress” and the “empty rhetoric” of President Obama:

I am speaking on behalf of the United States of America because my negotiators cannot. The obstructionist Congress has shackled justice and delayed ambition for far too long. I am scared for my future. 2020 is too late to wait. We need an urgent path to a fair, ambitious and legally binding treaty. We need leaders who will commit to real change, not empty rhetoric. Keep your promises. Keep our hope alive.

The entire U.S. youth delegation agreed with her.

4 Responses to My new hero

  1. jawbone December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    I’ve applauded her every time I heard her call to action rebroadcast on NPR yesterday.

    Oh, brave Abigail, whose namesake spoke out for women’s rights to her husband, John Adams, but never in public. Bless you, 21st C. Abigail.

  2. Imhotep December 9, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    We must stop burning ‘crap’ to fuel our lifestyles. China, the United States and India are the largest contributors to carbon emissions into the atmospher. The United States refuses to sign onto any agreement that cuts its own carbon emissions. Thank big oil for that. So why should China or anyone else agree to sign a treaty? Ain’t Capitalism grand? Free markets are the best. Go 1%.

  3. Major Kong December 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    The United States government is not speaking on my behalf.

    Truer words were never spoken.

  4. Tom December 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    And notice the way her words were dealt with – applause by the reality based crowd and ARREST by the powers that be.

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