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Today the world’s leaders finally made a collective gesture in acknowledging the deterioration of the world’s environment. Any half conscious human who can read is now aware that the human race is rapidly destroying its own and only home, and most of us have stood by, in helpless horror, as we witness year after year the numbing, disgusting corporate deception, greed, and purposeful malice of oil and coal companies, and governments the world over that are either direct collaborators with these behemoths or so influenced by them they become paralyzed.

But not today. With the French at the helm, who for all her faults has a unique and subtle history in the maneuverings of diplomacy, and for obvious reasons has at the moment the world’s sympathy, the majority of the world’s leaders finally had their collective hand forced into some sort of decision. The gavel came down on an agreement that is far, far from what is needed, but it was an agreement nonetheless, and for the first time since my son’s birth I felt a sliver, a tiny window of hope about the lives of young beings and beings to come. It is too late for thousands of species; we have slaughtered them and they are gone or will soon be gone forever, but perhaps with this small first step we might slow down the planetary suicide to which we seem so mindlessly committed.

My son is seven, and already aware of and concerned about the ruin of this planet. I read part of the Times article to him, and held him close. Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps…. but as one of the members of the coalition said, “Tonight we celebrate, tomorrow we work.”

The slogan "NO PLAN B" is projected on the Eiffel Tower as part of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, France, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.  (AP Photo/Francois Mori)