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. The second dimension of the Great Turning is equally crucial. In addition to learning how the present system works, we are also creating structural alternatives. 3.
8 maart 2014 Uitnodiging Voor“Bouw Mee Aan Vitaness Dag 3 - Concreet” Zaterdag 8 maart 2014 in Hooghalen (nabij Schoonloo) Beste toekomstige coöperatieve partner van Vitaness, Op 30 november vorig jaar en op 18 januari dit jaar waren wij bijeen in Driebergen voor de eerste twee “Bouw Mee” dagen. We zijn dit keer te gast bij onze partner Succesparken op het park ’t Grote Zand in Hooghalen, een paar kilometer van Schoonloo. Deze dag staat in het teken van het verdiepen en concretiseren van de samenwerking als collega’s en investeerders. In de ochtend (van 10u-12.45u) presenteren we de doelgroepen die we op basis van de Vitaness Bouw Mee Dag 2 gekozen hebben. Het middagprogramma (van 13.30u-17u) heeft een als thema: De Vitaness Coöperatie en de Mogelijkheden om te investeren in het Vitaness Park (gebouwen en woningen). Het is geheel aan u of u alleen het ochtendprogramma, het middagprogramma of beide wilt bijwonen. Aan het meedoen met het programma zijn geen kosten verbonden. P.S1. P.S2.
The Story of Hope and Faith the Government Doesn't Want You to Hear (Photo Illustration: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t) This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! A sea of candles, a street of soft-lit faces, the swell of a thousand voices singing, the unstoppable surge of tears, an ache of yearning in the heart, the possibility of change, and the sense that as all falls into darkness, the people will rise. This is the story of nonviolent struggle . . . a story that has changed the world time and again . . . the story the government doesn't want you to hear. The government and mass media do their best to suppress this story. Few television stations air footage of tedious city council meetings, where people witness the birth of change. But equally true are the quiet thoughts and subtle emotions that remain locked inside the rib cage. There are the midnight decompression rants after hot-tempered meetings. Don't they understand?
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. 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. Tim DeChristopher was born in West Virginia, where his mother was an early opponent of mountaintop removal. DeChristopher: True.
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. Two new books, The Vanishing Neighbor by Marc Dunkelman, and Susan Pinker’s forthcoming The Village Effect, mine the data and sound loud warnings. Related: Condo hell Why more seniors are “living apart, together” How marriage can save your life GraphicaArtis/Corbis More by Brian Bethune: Cars vs. people
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.
Grieving could offer a pathway out of a destructive economic system | Guardian Sustainable Business 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. The consequence is not only a compulsion to consume even more in an attempt to hide our guilt but also a projection of our hidden pain onto the world around us and at the deepest level, the Earth itself. Just take the recent news from WWF and the Zoological Society of London that we have decimated half of all creatures across land, rivers and the seas over the past 40 years. We read this and perhaps shake our heads in dismay, and then consume the next news story.
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. Q: Let’s start with the title. From political campaigns to the People’s Climate March, from the mass protests in Hong Kong to Ferguson October, from the Tea Party to Move On, there are thousands of organizations around the world seeking to engage people in activism every day. I find that while all of these things matter, what really differentiates the highest-engagement organizations is their ability to engage people in activities and experiences that changed their sense of individual and collective agency. Q: How did you go about conducting this research? An organization’s ability to get people involved depends on many factors that are out of control of the organization itself.
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. The question deserves an answer. Premise one: the goal of climate activism is to reduce carbon emissions Many Keystone skeptics ("Keystone doubters"?)