They had been walking all morning when Toto suddenly raced ahead. When Dorothy caught up she found him tugging on a patchwork quilt that had been hung out to dry. “Ouch! Cut that out,” Quilt cried. Dorothy apologized for her dog and explained she was trying to get back to a sense of climatic normalcy. “Maybe I can help,” Quilt said. He told them how he had been made up of bits and pieces from over 200 countries when they had met at an international climate quilting bee in Paris in December of 2015. So down the road they all went.
Later that afternoon they passed by a small roadside shrine. Inside was a humble-looking man praying. “Who are you praying for?” Quilt asked the man. “All the people on Earth,” the man replied. “Their stable climate is changing rapidly, and I’m praying they will find the wisdom and the courage to confront these changes so that all may live on a thriving planet.” When Dorothy explained her plight, Francis offered to join them on their journey.
That night storm clouds began to gather. Dorothy scooped up Toto and linked arms with Quilt and Francis. “Sandy and Harvey and Irma – Oh My!” they chanted as they ventured into the storm. By morning Dorothy was near exhaustion. The suffering, the homelessness, the property loss, not to mention the 100s of billions of dollars of damage was draining her strength. But with Quilt and Francis’ help they continued down the road.
Finally…there it was! The large marble, domed building with the bronze statue “Freedom” shining in the sun - home of the Congress of the United States. In an inner chamber they found the Climate Solutions Caucus - 58 members (29 Democrats and 29 Republicans) laying out a plan to boldly yet responsibly address the changing climate that is draining Dorothy of her resources.
“You CAN do this and you must,” Dorothy encouraged, “because we have no other home. We’re here forever… Earthbound.”