What critics of the Keystone campaign misunderstand about climate activism. It feels like I've been writing about the Keystone XL pipeline since dinosaurs roamed the earth.
I know I'm not the only energy journalist who is profoundly relieved the whole thing is over. All the arguments, pro and con, were made, remade, and re-remade long before Obama's decision was announced; the entire debate had taken on the air of exhausted kabuki. There's probably not much more to add about the specifics. For details on why Obama rejected the pipeline, see Brad Plumer's post. Over at Politico, Elana Schor has assembled an excellent timeline tracing Keystone's tangled path. It's activism I want to talk about. There is a strain of hostility toward the Keystone campaign among Beltway wonks and journos that is, let's just say, underdetermined by the substantive critiques they offer. Nonetheless, it isn't all concern trolling. Want to create activists? Here’s how. File: Gay rights demonstrators in Arizona.
(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Pat Shannahan) Hahrie Han is a political scientist at Wellesley College and the author of the new book “How Organizations Develop Activists.” She answered some questions from me via email. A lightly edited transcript follows. Talks to restore your faith in politics. Grieving could offer a pathway out of a destructive economic system. Is it possible to hold all the grief in the world and not get crushed by it?
I ask this question because our failure to deal with the collective and individual pain generated as a result of our destructive economic system is blocking us from reaching out for the solutions that can help us to find another direction. Our decision to value above all else comfort, convenience and a superficial view of happiness, has led to feelings of disassociation and numbness and as a result we bury our grief deep within our subconscious. Ed Whitfield: "The Other Side of the Door" What’s Wrong With the Radical Critique of the People’s Climate March. The movement to stop climate change needs both mass mobilizations and direct action.
The People’s Climate March in midtown Manhattan on Sunday, September 21, 2014. (AP photo/John Minchillo) Last Sunday, we joined 400,000 people in the People’s Climate March (PCM) to demand action on climate change. The next day, we joined with 3,000 others to participate in Flood Wall Street (FWS), disrupting business as usual and naming capital as the chief culprit of climate change. In the days leading up to these mobilizations, a few critics on the left framed a stark dichotomy between these two kinds of actions. Surely there are critiques to be made of last week’s mobilization—there is always room for improvement. What Hedges overlooks is how easily direct acts of revolt can be dismissed or repressed, if they are carried out by a small number of people who are not visibly tied to a broader social base.
Please support our journalism. This is not to say that radicals should not push. The end of neighbours. Photo illustration by Levi Nicholson It’s a new day in the neighbourhood all across the Western world.
More than 30 per cent of Canadians now say they feel disconnected from their neighbours, while half of Americans admit they don’t know the names of theirs. An Australian sociologist investigating community responses in the wake of the 2011 floods in Queensland found relations in “a precarious balance”; neighbours were hesitant to intrude even in emergencies—leading the scholar to conclude that “we are less likely than ever to know” our neighbours.
Quite right, too: A recent poll of 2,000 Britons found a third declaring they couldn’t pick their near neighbours out of a police lineup. The Boomers "Failed" Us: Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher on Anger, Love, and Sacrifice by Sarah van Gelder. First the anger, then the love—overcoming generational anger to find the courage required for the difficult work ahead. posted May 30, 2014 On the morning of December 19, 2008, Tim DeChristopher woke up knowing he would somehow protest an auction of oil and gas leases on federal lands in Utah’s red rock country.
How he would make his views known, though, was a mystery. When an official at the auction asked him if he was there to bid on land parcels, he agreed. That seemed like a good place to start. At first, he bid on parcels to increase their prices—it didn’t seem right to him that the leases were going for as little as $2 an acre. His civil disobedience galvanized activists concerned about the climate crisis and the fate of public wilderness lands. On April 1, 2009, DeChristopher was indicted on two felony counts: interfering with a federal oil and gas leasing auction and making false statements. Rolling Stone called DeChristopher “America’s most creative climate criminal.” Ana Cristina Aristizábal U. The Story of Hope and Faith the Government Doesn't Want You to Hear.
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Three Dimensions of the Great Turning. 1.
Actions to slow the damage to Earth and its beings Perhaps the most visible dimension of the Great Turning, these activities include all the political, legislative, and legal work required to reduce the destruction, as well as direct actions–blockades, boycotts, civil disobedience, and other forms of refusal. A few examples: Documenting and the ecological and health effects of the Industrial Growth Society;Lobbying or protesting against the World Trade Organization and the international trade agreements that endanger ecosystems and undermine social and economic justice;Blowing the whistle on illegal and unethical corporate practices;Blockading and conducting vigils at places of ecological destruction, such as old-growth forests under threat of clear-cutting or at nuclear dumping grounds.
Work of this kind buys time. 2. A New Story of the People.