Swedish girl Strikes School to Break Silence on Climate Change | Greta’s Powerful Speech

I think this girl will change the way the entire world responds to the realities that we have been carefully avoiding. Through a ripple effect, more and more people will confront this issue, it will blossom into an entire wave of action and keep building on itself. Greta’s speech is so honest and articulate. Powerful because she is stating the truth. People will come together. She has inspired Australian school students to do the same in their country. She will inspire people all over the world. One spark of inspiration. Australian school students are organizing a school walk-out, which numerous schools will participate. They are inspired by the 15 year old Swedish Greta Thunberg, who opted to strike school, sitting before the Swedish Parliament. She mentions that if this is an emergency, why are legislators, journalists and everyone else silent. Why are they not talking about it constantly?

https://thebrag.com/aussie-school-students-are-going-on-strike-to-protest-climate-change-on-november-30th/

Greta Thunberg, speech Swedish Parliament, Swedish Schoolstrike

Greta’s powerful speech to Swedish people before the Parliament

I’m profoundly moved. In this speech in Swedish with English subtitles, Greta states, “To all of you who choose to look the other way every day because you seem more frightened of the changes that can prevent catastrophic climate change than the catastrophic climate change itself. Your silence is almost worst of all. The future of all the coming generations rests on your shoulder. Every single person counts. Just like every single emission counts. Every single kilo. Everything counts.”

Greta gave an impressive speech in English, in London for the launch of Extinction Rebellion.

Greta's speech Swedish more frightened to make changes to prevent climate catastrophy

Greta’s speech Swedish more frightened to make changes to prevent climate catastrophy

Greta's speech Swedish your Silence Worst of All

Greta’s speech Swedish your Silence Worst of All

Greta's speech Swedish Everything counts

Greta’s speech Swedish Everything counts

The Extinction Rebellion movement to DO SOMETHING, coincided with the IPCC report – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Here are 37 things you need to know about this new IPCC report.

37 things you need to know about the new IPCC report – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

37 things you need to know about the new IPCC report – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

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EcoRevolution Now | The Years Project | Not an AltEarth

 

Losing Earth The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

 

Collapsologie is a transdisciplinary study published in 2015 in the scientific journal The Anthropocene Review collapse of industrial civilization and what might succeed it. Developed by Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens in their essay Comment tout tout collombrer: A short collapsology manual for present generations published in 2015.”

Why Everything Will Collapse

Why Everything Will Collapse

 

The premise of collapsologie,   

that everything will collapse,

is based on the supposition

that it’s highly unlikely that our governments will act

that humans are not able to coordinate effectively on the ground level

nor willing to make changes that may significantly reduce their lifestyles

 

I say, give it a shot

create, repurpose, plant 

nurture the earth and its species

stop buying, stop consumerism

 

actions taken together will bring us together

plant gardens, bee highways, plant fruit and nut trees

everywhere – for the present and your future

 

stop shopping, stop building

stop what you are doing

turn it off

tune in

~ to each other and the earth

 

What could be a universal wakeup call?

Stay tuned, and for $19.99, I’ll give you the first hint…

a FOOL’s joke regarding the system we need to replace

 

Start by going out into the streets, sharing stories and creating ways to regenerate.

Share what you value of the natural planet and its species.

Discuss the collective ideas and creative solutions

the Years Project Years of Living Dangerously

the Years Project Years of Living Dangerously

Join groups to participate in such as http://theyearsproject.com/

‘our years of living dangerously’.

 

I came up with some ideas I wrote down on paper. I typed it out to make it easier to digest.

ideas regarding what we can do now

ideas regarding what we can do now

 

Did you Know?

 

• We are in the midst of an ecological emergency

which threatens all life, humans too?

 

• Each of our actions < collectively >

will either delay or exacerbate and accelerate

what is already clearly apparent in many parts of the globe.

 

Do you Love / Value fresh air?

 

Given the choice

 

• Would you prefer walking among trees, flowers & animals

or

paved, treeless streets with no other life?

 

• Would you rather smell foliage

or

the sting of tar & asphalt?

 

• Would you rather walk around fresh air 

or

autos blasting heat & belching exhaust?

 

• Idling engines expel carbon monoxide,

which has been steadily building up CO2 carbon dioxide,

 resulting in increasing global temperatures

felt more extremely at the poles.

 

• Would you rather hear birds chirping

or

your conversation drowned out with loud humming, machines grinding, engines growling?

• There are presently forest fires in the Arctic and sweeping across every continent.

• Every one of each of our actions affect this system.

• We can make a difference if we all act together

organize and participate >

10,000 sunflowers Providence, Rhode Island

10,000 sunflowers Providence, Rhode Island

flowers looking away against a dark sky

  • Plant Bee Highways like these sunflowers

  • 10,000 Sunflowers Activism Art – Providence, RI
  • stop using plastic
  • grow your own food
  • plant fruit & nut trees
  • re-use & recycle
  • turn off idling cars
  • stop or cut down on driving
  • start bicycling, using alternative shared transport
  • eat healthy foods
  • eliminate or reduce your consumption of industrialized factory farm meat, fish & dairy
  • eliminate junk food; mostly made from Palm Oil which is wiping out our earth’s rainforests, the most rich ecosystems on the planet and the only habitat for many of the earth’s treasures

 

India planted 66 Million trees – the population involved together – in 12 hours!

What could people from all over the world accomplish

with measurable effects, in one week?

if we would ALL TOGETHER simply

stop, turn off, and tune in

to focus only on immediate universal reconnection with the planet

NO DRIVING, NO GAS USAGE, shut down all Plants, stop business as usual

Shut down all oil, coal and gas production.

 

Together

let’s do this

many things are possible WHEN YOU THINK AND ACT DIFFERENTLY

 

 

sunflower bee smile

sunflower bee smile

Many small individual choices & changes of habit can produce massive results

LET’S BE THE GENERATIONS ON THE PLANET

THAT BECOME INVOLVED  in making the difference

ACTING TOGETHER & STARTING A NEW TREND

LET’S START AN ECOLOGICAL REVOLUTION

LET’S GET TOGETHER TO BRAINSTORM, PLAN AND BEGIN ACTIONS

LEARN TOGETHER, SHARE STORIES AND HAVE FUN

IN A CELEBRATORY AIR WITH MUSIC AND LEARNING

 

Turn off and Tune In

pdf, downloadable file, Ocean Plastic Tool Kit, Million Acts of Blue

GreenPeace link to
Ocean Plastic Tool Kit A Million Acts of Blue

 

Parar o Furo, Stop the drilling, Portugal 2018

World Wildlife Fund WWF has put together Teacher’s Resource Guides / Wildlife ToolKits

World Wildlife Fund Teachers Resource Guides ToolKits

echoactivate eco revolution

echoactivate eco revolution

 

Rise for Climate Global day of Action Sept. 8

Rise for Climate Global day of Action Sept. 8

 

words on brick by
Guillermo Gómez Peña
Providence, Rhode Island

words on brick by Guillermo Gómez Peña Providence, Rhode Island

words on brick by
Guillermo Gómez Peña
Providence, Rhode Island

 

Guillermo Gómez Peña~ wrote on the building:

 

WE, THE ARTISTS & INTELLECTUALS, FAMOUS & UNKNOWN.

WE MUD PEOPLE, SNAKE PEOPLE, TAR PEOPLE. WE, BOHEMIANS

echoactivate eco revolution

WALKING ON MILLENNIAL THIN ICE. OUR BODIES PIERCED,

TATTOOED, MARTYRED, SCARRED; OUR SKIN COVERED WITH

HIEROGLYPHS & FLAMING QUESTIONS  WE, THE WITCHES WHO

TRANSFORM TRASH INTO WEARABLE ART  WE, LIVING MUSEUM  OF

MODERN ODDITIES & SACRED MONSTERS. WE, VATOS CROMADOS Y

CHICAS NEO-BARROCAS. WE, BAD BOYS & BAD GIRLS

OVER 50, THE HOLLYWOOD REFUSENIKS, THE GREASER

BANDITS AND HOLY OUTLAWS OF ADVANCED CAPITALISM, WE,

AMERICA’S MOST WANTED, WITHOUT GUNS, WITHOUT

BIBLES.  WE, WHO

NEVER PRAY TO THE

POLICE OR TO THE

ARMY. WE, WHO NEVER

KISSED THE HAND

OF A BISHOP OR A

CURATOR.  WE, WHO

BARTER & EXCHANGE

FAVORS & TALISMANS.

WE, WHO STILL BELIEVE

IN COMMUNITY.

A MUCH STRANGER AND WIDER COMMUNITY. WE THE ARTISTS & INTELLECTUALS WHO

DON’T WISH TO COMPLY. WE, WHO TALK BACK IN RAREFIED SYMBOLS & METAPHORS

AGAINST THE CORRUPTION OF NORMALIZED RELIGION & ART.

WE, CRITICAL BRAIN MASS;SPOKEN WORD PROFETICA,

WE, THE URBAN MONKS WHO PRAY IN TONGUES & RAP

IN EXPERANTO. WE, WHO PUT ON HATS, MASKS & OUTRAGEOUS WIGS TO SHOUT: “YOU

JUST CAN’T TAKE MY ART AWAY.’ WE, WHO DANCE ON THE EDGE OF A CRATER AGAINST

THE RHYTHMS OF THE TIMES. WE, GOING CRAZY TO REMAIN SANE; LITERALLY DYING

FOR NEW IDEAS; PERFORMING AGAINST ALL

ODDS. WE, WHO SUDDENLY FREEZE! (PAUSE)

STANDING NAKED, RIGHT IN THE CENTER OF THE

STAGE OR THE STREET, WITH THE WORDS CARVED

ON OUR CHESTS: ‘PERFORMANCE ARTISTS: ‘WILL BLEED FOR FOOD’

‘OBSESSIVE ARTIST: WILL DIE FOR ONE IDEA,

WE CONTINUE TO TALK BACK, 

SPEAK UP & MAKE ART…

 

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bicycle before sunflowers

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Carol Keiter the blogger at a Climate March in nYc

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Noam Chomsky: US Scandalous Healthcare symptomatic of populations’ failure to defend Democracy | Choice of disenfranchised masses to have blind faith in ruling elite

As the title suggests, in this interview and article by C.J. Polychroniou, Noam Chomsky unveils his expansive view of the United States.

truthout

truthout

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/39064-noam-chomsky-the-us-health-system-is-an-international-scandal-and-aca-repeal-will-make-it-worse?tsk=adminpreview#disqus_thread

Chomsky claims that the rejection of healthcare and lack of a real labor presence is symbolic of the much larger issue in the United States > that people do not participate or defend democracy, but are willing puppets of a political realm ruled by a wealthy few, to whom the population simply does not oppose, but subjugate their passions and dreams to agree to the system dictated by a ruling class – who the population could overpower with their force, if they simply wished to stand up for their rights to represent and govern themselves.

I’ve basically excerpted the article, juggling it around a bit to put the most poignant parts from the conclusion – at the beginning – for those who have no time to read. Hence it’s a sort of ‘cliff notes’ version of the article.

And as I posted on Facebook regarding this Truthout article, thank you so much Noam Chomsky for being the expansive and insightful person whom you are!

Noam Chomsky-information website

Noam Chomsky-information website

“The US health care system has long been an international scandal, with about twice the per capita expenses of other wealthy (OECD) countries and relatively poor outcomes. The ACA did, however, bring improvements, including insurance for tens of millions of people who lacked it, banning of refusal of insurance for people with prior disabilities, and other gains — and also, it appears to have led to a reduction in the increase of health care costs, though that is hard to determine precisely.

Returning to your question, it raises a crucial question about American democracy: why isn’t the population “demanding” what it strongly prefers? Why is it allowing concentrated private capital to undermine necessities of life in the interests of profit and power?

….The question directs our attention to a profound democratic deficit in an atomized society, lacking the kind of popular associations and organizations that enable the public to participate in a meaningful way in determining the course of political, social and economic affairs. These would crucially include a strong and participatory labor movement and actual political parties growing from public deliberation and participation instead of the elite-run candidate-producing groups that pass for political parties. What remains is a depoliticized society in which a majority of voters (barely half the population even in the super-hyped presidential elections, much less in others) are literally disenfranchised, in that their representatives disregard their preferences while effective decision-making lies largely in the hands of tiny concentrations of wealth and corporate power…

Turning finally to your question again, a rather general answer, which applies in its specific way to contemporary western democracies, was provided by David Hume over 250 years ago, in his classic study of the First Principles of Government. Hume found “nothing more surprising than to see the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and to observe the implicit submission with which men resign their own sentiments and passions to those of their rulers. When we enquire by what means this wonder is brought about, we shall find, that as Force is always on the side of the governed, the governors have nothing to support them but opinion. `Tis therefore, on opinion only that government is founded; and this maxim extends to the most despotic and most military governments, as well as to the most free and most popular.”

Implicit submission is not imposed by laws of nature or political theory. It is a choice, at least in societies such as ours, which enjoys the legacy provided by the struggles of those who came before us. Here power is indeed “on the side of the governed,” if they organize and act to gain and exercise it. That holds for health care and for much else.”

The House of Representatives, dominated by Republicans (with a minority of voters), has voted over 50 times in the past six years to repeal or weaken Obamacare, but they have yet to come up with anything like a coherent alternative.

Comparison of the attitude toward elementary rights of labor and extraordinary rights of private power tells us a good deal about the nature of American society.

The expulsion or mass killing of Indigenous nations cleared the ground for the invading settlers, who had enormous resources and ample fertile lands at their disposal, and extraordinary security for reasons of geography and power. That led to the rise of a society of individual farmers, and also, thanks to slavery, substantial control of the product that fueled the industrial revolution: cotton, the foundation of manufacturing, banking, commerce, retail for both the US and Britain, and less directly, other European societies. Also relevant is the fact that the country has actually been at war for 500 years with little respite, a history that has created “the richest, most powerful¸ and ultimately most militarized nation in world history,” as scholar Walter Hixson has documented.

Administrative costs are far greater in the private component of the health care system than in Medicare, which itself suffers by having to work through the private system.

Comparisons with other countries reveal much more bureaucracy and higher administrative costs in the US privatized system than elsewhere. One study of the US and Canada a decade ago, by medical researcher Steffie Woolhandler and associates, found enormous disparities, and concluded that “Reducing U.S. administrative costs to Canadian levels would save at least $209 billion annually, enough to fund universal coverage.

Another anomalous feature of the US system is the law banning the government from negotiating drug prices, which leads to highly inflated prices in the US as compared with other countries. That effect is magnified considerably by the extreme patent rights accorded to the pharmaceutical industry in “trade agreements,” enabling monopoly profits. In a profit-driven system, there are also incentives for expensive treatments rather than preventive care, as strikingly in Cuba, with remarkably efficient and effective health care.”

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Michael Moore | a Man in Tunisia | a Soldier who Ignited the Fuse | a Democracy Movement spanning the Globe |

A Man in Tunisia, a Movement on Wall Street, and the Soldier Who Ignited the Fuse …a letter from Michael Moore

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

Friends,

It’s Saturday night and I didn’t want the day to end before I sent out this note to you.

One year ago today (December 17th), Mohamed Bouazizi, a man who had a simple produce stand in Tunisia, set himself on fire to protest his government’s repression. His singular sacrifice ignited a revolution that toppled Tunisia’s dictator and launched revolts in regimes across the Middle East.

Three months ago today, Occupy Wall Street began with a takeover of New York’s Zuccotti Park. This movement against the greed of corporate America and its banks — and the money that now controls most of our democratic institutions — has quickly spread to hundreds of towns and cities across America. The majority of Americans now agree that a nation where 400 billionaires have more wealth than 160 million Americans combined is not the country they want America to be. The 99% are rising up against the 1% — and now there is no turning back.

Twenty-four years ago today, U.S. Army Spc. Bradley Manning was born. He has now spent 570 days in a military prison without a trial — simply because he allegedly blew the whistle on the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. He exposed what the Pentagon and the Bush administration did in creating this evil and he did so by allegedly leaking documents and footage to Wikileaks. Many of these documents dealt not only with Iraq but with how we prop up dictators around the world and how our corporations exploit the poor on this planet. (There were even cables with crazy stuff on them, like one detailing Bush’s State Department trying to stop a government minister in another country from holding a screening of ‘Fahrenheit 9/11.’)

The Wikileaks trove was a fascinating look into how the United States conducts its business — and clearly those who don’t want the world to know how we do things in places like, say, Tunisia, were not happy with Bradley Manning.

Mohamed Bouazizi was being treated poorly by government officials because all he wanted to do was set up a cart and sell fruit and vegetables on the street. But local police kept harassing him and trying to stop him. He, like most Tunisians, knew how corrupt their government was. But when Wikileaks published cables from the U.S. ambassador in Tunis confirming the corruption — cables that were published just a week or so before Mohamed set himself on fire — well, that was it for the Tunisian people, and all hell broke loose.

People across the world devoured the information Bradley Manning revealed, and it was used by movements in Egypt, Spain, and eventually Occupy Wall Street to bolster what we already thought was true. Except here were the goods — the evidence that was needed to prove it all true. And then a democracy movement spread around the globe so fast and so deep — and in just a year’s time! When anyone asks me, “Who started Occupy Wall Street?” sometimes I say “Goldman Sachs” or “Chase” but mostly I just say, “Bradley Manning.” It was his courageous action that was the tipping point — and it was not surprising when the dictator of Tunisia censored all news of the Wikileaks documents Manning had allegedly supplied. But the internet took Manning’s gift and spread it throughout Tunisia, a young man set himself on fire and the Arab Spring that led eventually to Zuccotti Park has a young, gay soldier in the United States Army to thank.

And that is why I want to honor Bradley Manning on this, his 24th birthday, and ask the millions of you reading this to join with me in demanding his immediate release. He does not deserve the un-American treatment, including cruel solitary confinement, he’s received in over eighteen months of imprisonment. If anything, this young man deserves a friggin’ medal. He did what great Americans have always done — he took a bold stand against injustice and he did it without stopping for a minute to consider the consequences for himself.

The Pentagon and the national security apparatus are hell-bent on setting an example with Bradley Manning. But we as Americans have a right to know what is being done in our name and with our tax dollars. If the government tries to cover up its malfeasance, then it is the duty of each and every one of us, should the situation arise, to drag the truth, kicking and screaming if necessary, into the light of day.

The American flag was lowered in Iraq this past Thursday as our war on them officially came to an end. If anyone should be on trial or in the brig right now, it should be those men who lied to the nation in order to start this war — and in doing so sent nearly 4,500 Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis to their deaths.

But it is not Bush or Rumsfeld or Cheney or Wolfowitz who sit in prison tonight. It is the hero who exposed them. It is Bradley Manning who has lost his freedom and that, in turn, becomes just one more crime being committed in our name.

I know, I know, c’mon Mike — it’s the holiday season, there’s presents to buy and parties to go to! And yes, this really is one of my favorite weeks of the year. But in the spirit of the man whose birth will be celebrated next Sunday, please do something, anything, to help this young man who spends his birthday tonight behind bars. I say, enough. Let him go home and spend Christmas with his family. We’ve done enough violence to the world this decade while claiming to be a country that admires the Prince of Peace. The war is over. And a whole new movement has a lot to thank Bradley Manning for.

Yours,

Michael Moore
MMFlint@MichaelMoore.com
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The Spark of the Arab Uprise

The other day I learned through a conversation with an Arabic speaking girl whose words I intuitively trusted – as she was obviously very clever and informed – a completely different perspective about what is going on in Egypt and Tunisia. Prior to that, it was more like a blur of various network channels recounting this massive unrest in Egypt and Tunisia. When I heard newscasters the other day on CNN groping to allude to the cause, pointing to the economics of the area, I decided that it might be of interest to give you this less widely available perspective, arriving from the Arab intellectual left.

Sure, economic aspects are woven into the core; in a world in which the material aspect of living dominates. This is about several secular Arab governments, in which the “democratic” leaders have elected themselves to tyrannically continue their rule, with seeming complicity coming from the vote, due to mass fraud re-electing them in landslide victories.

Within the last year there was an incident in Egypt in which a man was killed in the process of standing up for his rights. He became a symbol of people’s oppression. In the last months, an anonymous Egyptian citizen with internet savvy set up a Facebook page, as a memorial to honor this fallen man, who has become a symbol of people’s frustration. His site was widely embraced. So this person’s news feed was already becoming entrenched.

What just occurred in the similarly authoritarian Arab government of Tunisia in the last weeks, inadvertently sparked the uprising in Egypt. The unprecedented display of public outcry against their leader, spread electronically across borders, via the digital information tools which enable people to access information and communicate with one another; as opposed to being fed misinformation “news” from sources that inhibit real communication.

I was told that in a number of these secular Arab countries, the repression is similar to that of the GDR, German Democratic Republic that was established as the Soviet zone of occupied Germany in (1949-1989). Same, same, but different. In these countries in which the leader’s tenuous grip of his power is manifested through building walls to control information, one must always be careful about literally ANYthing you say in public. Spies and informants abound, who probably often out of their own fear of the regime, opt to inform on someone who says something critical of the regime, just to get some points and maybe a few other benefits, for having done so. Therefore, people remain silent, and solemn, fearful of doing anything that could elicit danger to themselves or their families. That’s another reason that these protests that have occurred in the streets of Egypt and Tunisia are dramatically unprecedented. What’s happening today is coming from years of oppression, with tensions silently kept under a pressurized lid. Suddenly, the pent up fear, distrust and hostility has been ignited.

Several weeks ago in Tunisia, a young male student, who like many people in his country, was finding it very difficult to find any means of supporting himself. He resorted to a meager income through vending fruits and vegetables in the streets. When one day he was confronted by the police who asked him for his license to do this, he explained that in fact, he was doing this as a last resort, having found no other type of work, and that he was a student, and could they please let him go in peace. The police responded by claiming that they were going to arrest him, and that he was going to have to go to jail, no choice, that day.

The student at this moment responded in his desperation, to grab a can of flammable liquid, poured it over his head there in the vicinity of the police, and lit it. He burned to death in front of them, in the middle of the day in the middle of the street. His silent last gasp of renouncing this hopeless situation was watched by people in horror. The measure so extreme, that in fact, his action sparked everyone around him, to explode with fury and anger. His drastic action is that of a silent, suffering martyr, symbolizing his desperation within the shackles of this hostile government. He has inadvertently ignited an audacity among the people, fueled by fury, to revolt.

When this same anonymous (out of self preservation) Egyptian alerted his following on his RNN feed on Facebook of the events in Tunisia, the message spread like fire to Egypt. http://www.rassd.com leads you to this facebook page:

RNN.NEWS

Learning of these events among their Arab brothers in Tunisia, was enough to simultaneously ignite the passion and fury of the Egyptians, who have been similarly victimized by their authoritarian government, in which expressing one’s opinion can be fatal.

Last Wednesday, January 26th has been called “Egypt’s Violent Day of Anger”. All of this actually facilitated through the internet sources, the vehicle of information for the people. It kindled the Egyptian people’s fury over Hosni Mubarak’s oppressive 30 year rule. And has since been reaching the Diaspora of Arab people throughout the world.

And read further for more insightful information, especially from Monde Diplio, the English version of Monde Diplomatique.

http://mondediplo.com/openpage/the-corruption-game

http://mondediplo.com/openpage/the-year-of-living-dangerously

http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1519282

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/29/world/middleeast/29mubarak.html?_r=2&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha22