Posts Tagged ‘activism’

Don’t look away now—time for climate mobilization

The UK newspaper The Guardian has been a leading voice on climate change for some time now.  As part of its Keep it  in the Ground campaign, they ran a series of excerpts from Naomi Klein’s most recent book, This Changes Everything.  This one popped up again recently in one of our social feeds, and it’s a solid reminder of the stakes, and the potential, that stand before us.  Here’s the rallying cry:

Slavery wasn’t a crisis for British and American elites until abolitionism turned it into one. Racial discrimination wasn’t a crisis until the civil rights movement turned it into one. Sex discrimination wasn’t a crisis until feminism turned it into one. Apartheid wasn’t a crisis until the anti-apartheid movement turned it into one.

Klein goes on:

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Greening in the red zone: resilience in broken places

Looking for some hopeful, practical stories of personal and community resilience?  Check out Greening in the Red Zone, which compiles inspiring stories of regenerative commitment from parts of the world where things have fallen apart, ranging from Syrian war zones to tornado-wracked towns in the midwest.  

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Global Shapers: Youth Leadership Program

A network of hubs of of young leaders, centered on cities/regions. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential and desire to serve society. Hubs lead local projects to improve their communities, and shapers are able to participate in the worldwide network of Global Shapers as well as other World Economic Forum events. Visit their website.

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Paul Hawken: Champion for change

Paul Hawken has been cheer leading, and leading, positive social, environmental, and economic change for over fifty years. He’s made his marks early in natural foods and backyard agriculture, and moved on to bigger topics in widely-read books on the economic system (Ecology of Commerce and Natural Capitalism), social change (Blessed Unrest), and next up, removing carbon from the atmosphere (Project Drawdown).

See Paul Hawken’s website; view videos of his talks

Commencement Speech Text: Healing or Stealing?
This 2009 commencement address at the University of Portland has been hailed as “unforgettable” and “one of the best commencement speeches of the past 75 years” (by His speech illustrates with clarity and grace how he lives in both optimism and pessimism about our future, with both social justice and corporate responsibility being vital to our collective future.

Interview regarding scenarios, optimism, and doomers.

Video: Project Drawdown. Introduction to a 2015 initiative to support new (and old) technologies that can reduce the greenhouse gas burden in the atmosphere.

Project Drawdown website. Project Drawdown is a book, a digital platform, and database about how we are and can reduce carbon in the atmosphere over the next thirty years. Detailing and measuring technologies that are already available, Drawdown describes the beneficial financial, social and environmental impact state-of-the-shelf solutions can deliver. By scaling existing solutions, we can mitigate and functionally reverse the build up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.


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Green America

The mission of Green America – formerly Co-op America – is to harness the economic power of consumers, investors, businesses and the marketplace to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. The website has a wealth of programs and resources designed to educate and empower its readers to take individual and collective action. Visit website.

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The Impact of Shareholder Activism

This late-2014 report by the Croatan Institute looks into the impact of investor engagement on environmental, social, and corporate governance practices of publicly traded companies. These finding have been integrated as part of a project to develop a standard method for documenting the impact of such activities. For the 2015 proxy season, ten institutional investors have committed to using the alpha version of the framework. See report.

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We the People, Not We the Corporations | Move to Amend

Move to Amend is a coalition comprised organizations individuals committed to building a vibrant democracy that is accountable to the people rather than public interests. Move to Amend is calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution (in response to Citizens United) that unequivocally states that only human beings have inalienable rights, and that money is not a protected form of free speech under the First Amendment, and can thereby be regulated in political campaigns. Learn more.

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New Economy Coalition

The New Economy Coalition is an alliance of individuals and organizations working toward deep, systemic changes to our economy and our politics. Centered on a vision of an economy that is restorative to people, place and planet, this Boston-based coalition holds conferences, offers publications, and facilitates conversation and action around this issue through various means. Visit website.

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