Dewy Sacayan: Protest-virgin no more

When I was 10 year old, I told my dad that my dream job was to become a political activist. There was just something about  shouting on the streets that intrigued me. Obviously, my dad (who worked tirelessly as an architect) said, "No Dewy. You can't be an activist. You're going to be a lawyer."

A decade later, my dream of marching finally came true. Thanks to AYLI's Rachel Dobric and Adopt a Negotiator tracker, David Tong's protest tips and advices,  I took on the streets of Lima for the People's Climate March. 

The People's Climate March in Lima was vibrant, loud and purposeful.  Indigenous people, women activists, senior citizens, youths and even children joined the protest! With latin music playing and people dancing on the streets, the protest encompassed the culture of South America as well as the beauty our world can potentially have when people come together.

Here are a few snaps of how it went: 

 

 Started the day with a boost of caffeine and energy from Arabica

Started the day with a boost of caffeine and energy from Arabica

 AYLI delegate Renee with NZYD delegates Maddie and Tarsh with their slogans. 

AYLI delegate Renee with NZYD delegates Maddie and Tarsh with their slogans. 


 Me and cactus man. 

Me and cactus man. 

 Dancing indigenous mascots ft. whistle

Dancing indigenous mascots ft. whistle

Overall, I am happy I got to shout what I wanted governments to do - 100% renewables. I am happy I got to spend a hot day in Lima with thousands of people who has unlimited love for our finite planet. And finally, I am very happy I am a protest-virgin no more! 

Posted on March 26, 2015 and filed under UN Climate Talks 2014.