Steps You can Take     Join the General Strike 9/20/19

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Youth leaders are asking us to support and join them in a Global General Climate Strike on Friday, September 20. I am excited as I plan to do so and invite you to step in as well, in whatever way works for you.

They are accurately naming it Climate Crisis and seeing this day as a catalyst for more actions and changes to move us towards a life affirming approach to our human life WITH this Earth.

Please consider spending the day or at least two hours or more in support of their efforts to call our attention, and to educate; please talk with others and act. It is TIME to shift our culture, our ways which damage living systems and degrade life; time to shift on both political and personal levels.
For me-- the Earth comes first ... then we design our lives around what we understand the Earth Our Source/Mother needs. We find deep motivation for support as we leave behind consumer comfort and convenience motivated ways of living that bring climate crisis and damage life.
 

Following are a dozen sources of information about the Global Climate Strike: please take 15-30 minutes to visit any of the following – or do your own Search for sources online:

1)-One of the youth leaders, Xiye Bastida, an Otomi-Toltec, in interview by my friend and colleague Aaron Perry of Y on Earth about the Global Strike: I was drawn to their personal and intergenerational connection. Visit the podcast on you tube or hear the audio (I recommend minute 5 to 14) at: https://yonearth.org/podcast-archive/episode-46-xiye-bastida-global-youth-leader-strike-with-us

2)-Her collaborative group of 6 national youth organizations includes our locally based Earth Guardians who will have a team in NY for the UN meeting on 9/23. See her web site https://strikewithus.org/#about with a long list of movement partners.

Info on meeting of UN: https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/un-climate-summit-2019.shtml to which Greta Thunberg traveled; hear her https://www.ted.com/speakers/greta_thunberg

3)-Another excellent source to visit and see their answers to questions about the strike is https://globalclimatestrike.net/# Especially see tab about/news for stories of global actions; “... remember that the youth who started it all called for it to be only the beginning.”

See story Aug 23 Leaving fear behind: “International attention has turned to the Amazon, where thousands of fires have been left raging for weeks. Yet Brazil’s Environment Minister Ricardo Salles was at a Climate Week in Salvador to defend fossil fuels. Thankfully, activists were there to call his bluff.”

4) The group 350.org begun by Bill McKibben connects with https://globalclimatestrike.net/ which offers mapping for strike locations and a guide for those interested in organizing a strike at their workplace or in their community. Local Micah Parkin on 350colorado.org is working on the Denver 9/20 strike march; Laurie Dameron calls a protest re Starbucks at 28th and Pearl St. 9/20.

5) local 350 web site for Colorado strike actions: http://climatestrikeactionweek.co/

6)-Extinction Rebellion in Denver: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRebellionDenver/ see ongoing posts and actions as part of the Strike.

7)-For those interested in online training: see https://globalclimatestrike.net/online-trainings/

For many dates in which chat and small group exchanges are offering strategies and focus ideas.

8)-I heard another good speaker Jamie Margolin from Seattle, an age 17 youth leader of This is Zero Hour and the principles they are organizing around: http://thisiszerohour.org/files/zh-guiding-principles-web.pdf Please take time to read them as they are informative of the roots of the climate crisis. She also spoke clearly about the roots to a faith community webinar you can hear on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHFdzSMi8kk She is worth hearing!

9) Faith Communities can invite people to the Climate Strike Faith Working Group on Facebook from United Church of Christ/ Peter Sawtelle of http://www.eco-justice.org/ sent out a letter speaking for environmental justice issues to be addressed by faith communities as part of the Climate Strike.

AND in Boulder: Friday, September 20 
silent Meditation for the Earth  in Boulder in support of the Global Climate Strikes taking place in Boulder and Denver. There will be sitting in two locations:

9:00am-10:30am
at the Boulder Shambhala Center 1345 Spruce St.   Indoor meditation hosted by Boulder Shambhala Touching the Earth group

11:00am-12:00pm
at the Boulder Climate Strike  on Norlin Quad on the CU campus 1660 Pleasant St (east of Broadway)    Outdoor meditation.

10) Our locally created 11th Hour Calling awakening faith communities to the Climate Crisis; meets every 11th day at the 11 am hour; do a search for 11th Hour Calling on Facebook.com

11) Unitarian Universalist ministers in the US have been asked to preach on 9/15 about the Global Climate Strike! Check local UU churches /Boulder, Lafayette.

12) Scott Brown of Active Peace and Bonnie Sundance of Our Sacred Earth will be hosting a Climate Crisis Circle for deeper conversation at the Boulder Public Library on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm. Limit 16 participants.

13) On 9/10/19 this message from Future Coalition re their demands:

"We need to be more innovative with our solutions and ask for what we need, not what we think could be possible or has been possible in the past.

We Demand:

  • A Green New Deal that immediately halts all new fossil fuel projects and transitions our economy to 100% renewable energy by 2030.
  • Respect of Indigenous lands and sovereignty — the US government must halt all resource extraction on or affecting Indigenous lands, and recognize the Rights of Nature into law.
  • Environmental justice for communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution, and sanctuary for all migrants.
  • Protect and restore 50% of the world’s lands and oceans; stop all deforestation by 2030.
  • Invest in sustainable agriculture, not agribusiness.

 We have just 11 years left to cut global emissions in half, and to do that, we need to work together to make these demands a reality."

14.  New York City hosted by Intercept senior correspondent Naomi Klein, author of the forthcoming book “On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal,” and headlined by trailblazing climate activist Greta Thunberg, author of “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference.” Together with youth leaders Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Xiye Bastida, and Vic Barrett, as well as Indigenous Amazon leader Tuntiak Katan, Thunberg and Klein will help us envision a just and sustainable future, confront our climate emergency, and discuss the emerging cross-generational, transnational movement — including people of all races, classes, and backgrounds — that is our best hope for a sustainable planet.
 

I see this Climate Strike as an opportunity to reach out to people, talk about the crisis and how it will take great change in our culture, lives, and relationship to the Earth to address it.

Please see my suggested list of 13 steps one can consider taking (see tab under Easy Actions) as well as joining the Strike. Feel free to share. See a Guide for Earth Living on http://www.our-sacred-earth.org

Thanks for your participation and caring,

Bonnie Sundance Director, Our-Sacred-Earth.org

 
See also "Guidelines for Earth Living" on the Home Page and  Steps you can take... under Easy Action tab...