With the US legislature stripping the energy bill of most of the things we need and with the failure to agree to tough action on climate change in Bali, I think we need to start reviewing our tactics.
As Daniel Quinn writes in his book, Beyond Civilization, “Old minds think: If it didn’t work last year, let’s do MORE of it this year. New minds think: If it didn’t work last year, let’s do something ELSE this year.”
These are words to contemplate as we head into a 2008 without any significant action taken by the US government (to say nothing of other countries) on climate change. We are in critical battle for this planet, and we need to think seriously about doing whatever it takes to stop the actions which are destroying the land and seas (e.g. just the other day BP announced that they are going to commit the biggest global warming crime in history) and contributing to snowballing (or, more appropriately, snow-melting) climate collapse. Are petitions, lobby days, call-ins, protests, and nonviolent civil disobedience enough?
To start off, I invite you to watch the following video for serious consideration. The question (rather humorously) posed is: What if the rebels in Star Wars adopted the tactics of environmentalists? (Note: I am referring only to the opening nine minutes of the video, you don’t have to watch the full two hours if you do not want to. Also, the first forty seconds may offend your sensibilities with the language, but I encourage you to press through it.)
Just recently in the news, the Cross River Gorillas, the most endangered subspecies of gorilla in the world with less than 300 surviving members, were observed fighting back against human encroachment on their habitat for the first time. These Great Apes know what’s at stake — their home. Do we?
in good heart,