April 29, 2017 by John Crapper
I had trouble reading this one correctly.
Feels like a lifetime!
Feel the burn.
The puppet master demanded transparency.
Bikers pedaled their message.
Others didn’t frack around.
The young ambassadors from Plant for the Planet were a big hit on stage and with the press.
While others watched.
Others in the crowd didn’t care.
But the kids pressed their message at every turn.
The cows were watching.
While others spouted their crap!
The organizers wore hazmat suits.
I told people where the crap should go.
And invited all to take one.
About 400 were taken helping me “spread the turd”.
Someone said someone had stolen one of these. I pleaded ignorance.
This was a great day of activism. Hopefully more people will be motivated to take their energy and channel it into other days and efforts.
So what can an individual do in a broader context to bring about large-scale changes? When people consider this many times their eyes gloss over and their brains seem to turn away from the daunting task.
One of the goals of our Church is to help alleviate this quandary and provide guidance.
At present the Church of the Holy Shitters recommends 3 avenues an individual can take to contribute in a more effective collective way. They are (in no particular order of priority).
1. For a global yet local focus with an emphasis on social justice aspects.
350 is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice.
That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world, and is uniting to create the solutions that will ensure a better future for all. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions bring together a global network active in over 188 countries.
2. For a U.S. political focus working to elect candidates willing to prioritize climate change.
WE ARE CLIMATE HAWKS
We’re seeking to elect leaders willing to take on the greatest challenge facing the next few generations of humanity. Too many Democratic politicians consider climate to be just another issue bubbling below the surface of top priorities, and too many advocates are willing to excuse Democratic politicians who tout their states’ coal and oil resources. We need aggressive, progressive champions of climate justice—climate hawks.
The Republican Party is so deeply entrenched in denying the existence of climate change and protecting the fossil-fuel industry that if a Republican climate hawk were to emerge, we would look hard at a Republican’s willingness to buck leadership as well as the Republican’s position on climate.
We work to engage and educate voters, advocate on climate change in general election contests, and back climate hawks in Democratic primaries. We engage and train younger climate hawks interested in running for office. And we work on campaigns to mobilize the American people and our elected officials to act aggressively to end greenhouse pollution and build a renewably powered, just society that is resilient to the threats of a changing climate.
And don’t forget:
On April 30th, the day after the People’s Climate March, Climate Hawks Vote is hosting a training for leaders of the climate movement who are considering running for office!
We need bold progressives to run for office who will lead on climate, and stand in stark contrast to Donald Trump’s climate denial and the fossil-fuel industry agenda.
At the training we’ll hear from grassroots leaders who have gotten elected themselves and made major progress by stopping fossil fuel projects, advancing renewable energy, and helping their communities deal with climate disasters. And we’ll be joined by some of the top progressive political strategists and trainers in the country.
This training is for you if:
– you are considering running for office yourself in the next one to three years,
– you want to help a friend run for office,
– or you want to learn how a local electoral strategy could help your campaign.
Engaging in local politics is a critical part of the climate movement, whether we’re fighting for divestment, no new fossil fuels, or solutions like community solar and green building policies.
Organized by: Climate Hawks Vote and Lead Locally, with
Communities for a Better Environment Action
Democracy for AmericaFood & Water Action Fund
Friends of the Earth Action
Oil Change USA
Progressive Change Campaign Committee
Progressive Democrats of America
Working Families Party
Food & Water Action Fund
United We Dream Action
Note: This training is available for RSVP both in DC and online. See climatehawksvote.com/training for more details.
3. And for a US political focus with a more bi-bartisan approach trying to influence those already in political office.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.
Our consistently respectful, non-partisan approach to climate education is designed to create a broad, sustainable foundation for climate action across all geographic regions and political inclinations. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping with the concerns of their local communities, we work towards the adoption of fair, effective, and sustainable climate change solutions.
In order to generate the political will necessary for passage of our Carbon Fee and Dividend proposal we train and support volunteers to build relationships with elected officials, the media and their local community.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”