The Leap in Paris

Mark your calendars on February 29, 2016 as “International Leap Day.”

Early this December, Naomi Klein and the Leap Manifesto team joined thousands of activists and grassroots leaders from around the world during the UN climate negotiations in Paris.

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We were there to make clear that we refuse to leave our future in the hands of the world’s heads of state.

And it was an opportunity to introduce The Leap Manifesto to a global audience, alongside some of our partners from the social justice, labour, environmental and Indigenous rights movement. Read a review of our Leap event in the New Republic.

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The Leap Manifesto is directly inspiring projects the world-over – in Australia people are building a diverse coalition in preparation for their version of the Leap Manifesto, in England people are marching for “Jobs, Justice and the Climate”, and several green and progressive parties across Europe have banded together to launch their own manifesto.

In an interview with Naomi Klein, even a CNN anchor praised the Leap Manifesto: “In reading it, it seems like a blueprint that could be used around the world.”

We don’t say this often, but we think CNN is right.

We knew that by the end of the Paris climate summit, heads of state wouldn’t have signed anything that deserved to be called a success – not measured by what climate science is telling us is necessary, nor measured by what we know is politically possible.

But people from around the world were clear that our movements are on a roll and that we need a post-Paris peoples’ plan – and we think the Leap Manifesto can help.

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Mark your calendars on February 29, 2016 as “International Leap Day.”

We think Leap years are a great metaphor because, on that day, we change our human system in deference to the Earth’s revolution around the Sun. It is, after all, easier to adjust human-created laws than it is to change the laws of nature. And we think that people are ready to transform our political and economic system in a bold way.

We look forward to working with you all in the coming Leap year to build pressure on our government that cannot be ignored.

Yours,

The Leap Manifesto team

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