Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Climate Movement I Wish We Had

I want this movement to be fun.  Imagine turning the movie into a party. 

Now obviously this isn’t going to happen all at once.  Maybe it starts as a small group in Boulder, a small group in Denver, a small group in Ft. Collins, and it grows like that.  Small groups doing stuff that’s cooler than what the movement at large is doing. 

The mentality needs to be “We’re going to have the best time!  This is going to be cool.  We’re going to party every night, we’re going to have fun with our actions.  We’re going to hurl everything we’ve got into this because nothing is more important.  Nothing that ever happens in our whole lives is going to be this important.  And if we don’t act on it now, for the rest of our lives we’re going to be looking back on it and regretting it. “

The crisis we’re facing is the greatest crisis humankind has ever faced, so this is the greatest cause people have ever fought for.  Now we need to make it the coolest movement that ever happened.  A nonviolent movement that is literally dedicated to saving all of life as we know it.  And to do it in a way that’s a blast, and we are enjoying each other, dancing around the opposition, and fearlessly putting ourselves on the line again and again; and knowing throughout, that through our spirit, nothing is going to beat us. 

I want it to be a movement that moves too fast for the opposition to keep up with.  I want it to be a multi-headed movement, so the opposition cannot attack the head of the movement because there is no head.

YOU need to step up and act.  Your friends need to as well,  The leaders of the movement are doing their best but there’s only so much they can do.  Individual groups can push this all forward at warp speed.  Martin Luther King told the Freedom Riders not to do their actions, but they didn’t listen, and created great momentum for the Civil Rights struggle.

This is not a part-time task we’re facing, this is a full-time commitment.  100 percent!  And if it takes a year, or two years, it will be time better spent than we could ever imagine.  This is what we’re dedicating ourselves to.  The time we pour into this will end up being the most memorable selfless act in the history of humanity. 

So start a group tonight.  Make sure it’s nonviolent, make sure it’s every day, and never run out of things to do.  This blog will help with that, but a great start would be to order these books online: Waging Nonviolent Struggle and The Dynamics of Nonviolent Action by Gene Sharp.  Also study the CANVAS website.

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