In the summer of 2019, Andrea and Colombe were captured in discussions around the world's hottest topics: the catastrophic effects of climate change, the uprising of citizens demanding democracy and the related repressions, or simply the injustices that minorities keep on facing around the world. They were trying to think about how to solve those issues and had a hard time finding hope. They soon realized that many of the most worrying threats of our times are by nature supranational, and hence no actor is currently capable of properly dealing with them: intergovernmental organizations do not have the power nor legitimacy, and national governments and leaders are constrained by borders and electoral calendars (to find out more, click here). They also realized that time is running out: humankind might become extinct by 2100 because of climate change, and even before in case of nuclear disasters.
As a result, they decided to act, by founding NOW!, the global movement pushing for humanity to work as One, to solve the biggest challenges of our time.
The road to doing so is obviously not easy: millions need to join and be ready to push forward coherent and coordinated legislative solutions across the world. We need to overcome barriers such as languages, culture, and borders. Funds must be found, tech infrastructure created, and organizational developments need to happen. But we have hope: after having pre-launched NOW! in October 2019, we sold thousands of dollars worth of memberships, with many people giving more to sponsor others. We are already on all continents, and we have advisers and volunteers willing to develop local teams.
On January 1st, NOW! was launched. Within the first year, we have started 5 global campaigns to promote democracy worldwide, propose drastic actions to curb the climate crisis, advocate for a higher representation of women in political power, and push for a fairer distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, among other topics (see all of our campaigns here)!
Members from all continents hit the streets to raise awareness, organize protests and stunt actions or collect signatures. Together, we created a global community that achieved early successes: from forming coalitions of politician pushing for parity and others helping us create a League of Democracies, to securing the support of the Director-General of the WHO to ensure that health workers across the world would get priority access to COVID-19 vaccines, or organizing protests to support democracy struggles in more than 40 cities on the ground and reaching 4 million people digitally. You can read more about this here.
What’s next? We will continue to launch global campaigns and work with our members to change their local communities.
Our story is short, as this is only the dawn of this new movement. This book remains to be written. Join us to write the next chapter! Sitting back and waiting for others to take action is no longer an option. We have a duty to stand for one another. We have the power to shape this world for the better. We have to unite.