The Copenhagen meetings on climate begin on Monday (December 7th).
In Canada, there have been 5 sit-ins in federal politicians’ offices in the past week or so – all organized to draw attention to the Harper government’s appalling handling of the climate crisis (the most urgent single crisis facing humanity; duh, hmmm?) – its foot-dragging & stalling tactics vis-à-vis the upcoming Copenhagen meetings, & its failure to address the issue of climate justice.
Along with 6 other Toronto-area people, I was arrested this past Monday (November 30th) in Whitby, Ontario, for taking part in a peaceful sit-in at the office of Jim Flaherty, the Harper government’s minister of finance.
For information about the sit-ins, tips on how to carry out actions of your own, & some great photos, please go to Direct Action in Canada for Climate Justice here
I’ll be writing & posting more about my own sit-in/arrest experience soon (Hint: it was a lot more fun than you might imagine!)
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Meanwhile, please take some action yourself to tell our government it needs to get off its butt!
My ‘Copenhagen Primer’ blog entry gives some suggestions of things to do.
For the politicians to get off their butts, I reckon we need to get off our own, hmm?
p.s. This blog is my own. I am not representing or speaking here on behalf of any other groups to which I belong - just me, myself & I. Any screw-ups are mine alone!?
p.p.s. The blog post 'We are Too (Freakin') Polite!' may be of interest...
p.p.p.s. I have a “Quotations” document that now runs to 79 pages, & I could bury us all in wonderful, inspiring words – so it’s always hard for me to choose just one for the day. I’m going to throw in a few other fitting ones below…& hope that at least one of them will not just resonate for you, but motivate you to take action.
“You know of the disease in Central Africa called sleeping sickness…. There also exists a sleeping sickness of the soul. Its most dangerous aspect is that one is unaware of its coming. That is why you have to be careful. As soon as you notice the slightest sign of indifference, the moment you become aware of the loss of a certain seriousness, of longing, of enthusiasm and zest, take it as a warning. You should realize your soul suffers if you live superficially.” – Albert Schweitzer
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss
“A lot of people are waiting for Martin Luther King or Mahatma Gandhi to come back – but they are gone. We are it. It is up to us. It is up to you.” ~ Marian Wright Edelman
“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” ~ Harry S Truman
“Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.” ~ Sarah Bernhardt
“Almost anything you do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“When there is a bend in the road, the only ones who crash are those who refuse to change direction.” – Source unknown
“If we don’t fight hard enough for the things we stand for, at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them.” – Paul Wellstone
“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less important whether or not I am unafraid.” – Audre Lourde, 1934-92
“Well-behaved women rarely make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
“Do we want to be remembered as the generation that saved the banks and let the biosphere collapse?” – George Monbiot
Talk – Action = Zero ……… ad in Jan/Feb. 2009 ‘Watershed Sentinel’ magazine