2013-02-20 01:14:27 -0800
From all of us here at SaveWithSunlight, we want to thank 350.org and the Sierra Club for coordinating an absolutely outstanding campaign for this Forward On Climate day of action. It was absolutely amazing to see over 5000 people participate in this event. Not only was this event created from a purely consorted grassroots effort, but this San Francisco based rally was deemed a ‘localized’ event. Seeing such overwhelming activism at a secondary rally such as this one in SF and seeing over 40,000 people attend the largest climate change demonstration in history in DC has restored my optimism in the true power of the people. I feel as though the collective inspiration to be proactive and diligent with our daily actions is somehow evolving at an exponential rate. The virtuosity of activism and collaboration are becoming viral throughout the nation and these values are, day after day, polarizing themselves with the values of comfort and self-determination. At the same time, activism absorbs the virtue of comfort when activism is done together, collectively; And collaboration, when done for a common cause, fulfills our individual agendas while abstaining itself from selfishness and arrogance.
Together, our ideas are far more thoughtful and vetted. Our motivation is collectively strengthened and our sustainability as a movement is far more resilient. The undertaking of collective responsibility, as shown in this very rally, evaporates our superficial differences such as age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, political standing, attire, weight, height, and even our day jobs. All that remains is a collective love for this earth, a simultaneity of imperative necessity to rise to mother nature’s defense, and above all, a revelation of our most fundamental nature which we had somehow forgotten til now : that we are all human beings.
This event has reinvigorated my spirit of optimism and given me more hope for a sustainable future for me and for all successive generations hereafter. While we may recognize the prevalence of these virtues among each other, we must be resilient to the hangovers induced by pivotal occasions and ends. While we may have had an outstanding victory on the 17th with respect to visible solidarity and rising to the occasion when we were called upon to protest the Keystone XL Pipeline, we must remain ardent and passionate with our movement. Each new checkpoint must not only be celebrated, but it must never subject itself to the definition of an end accomplishment. The reality is that we will likely fight on behalf of the environment for our entire lives. There will be more Keystone XL pipelines, more developments like fracking, more catastrophes like the BP oil spill, more mountain top removal, more deforestation, more invasive species, more endangered species, more oil and coal dollars, more propaganda like ‘clean coal’, etc. And we have to be persistent, passionate and committed to our collective ambition to see a cleaner future for this planet.
Let’s use this accomplishment of solidarity and protest as a summit for a new beginning. Let’s continue to rally with Bill McKibben and the great movement he has generated. Let’s continue to divest our schools and cities one by one until every last one of them is . And let’s allocate these funds to energy sources like Solar, which is now more affordable than ever and in dire need of an industrial re-boot and consumer enthusiasm. Let’s invest in solar as a nation and procure it’s mainstream acquisition as a collective community. Let’s continue to say no to the Keystone XL Pipeline even if Obama ends up saying yes. As you might recall from the first Lord of The Rings installment, we must stop big Oil and Coal in the fragile bridge of intimidation and say : “you shall not pass!” While i am hopeful that Obama will stand up against the overwhelming pressure of fossil fuel companies and reject the pipeline, I am nonetheless willing to stand on that bridge, toe to toe with the soul-less billionaires from the oil industry, to let them know how deeply i treasure this planet’s integrity. I will put my life on the line in the form of peaceful protest. I will tie myself to their fences, i will glue myself to the very pipes they are trying to seal, and i will gladly take arrest until there is no one left to bail me out.
While this may indeed seem drastic to some and impractical to many, I know i am certainly not alone with this commitment. While this position is indeed impractical for the enjoyment of an individual day-to-day life, it is something that needs to be done, as the President himself has eloquently established, “because it’s the right thing to do.” So let’s do the right thing and keep this movement alive until, once and for all, we can finally grant the earth it’s due justice.
Respectfully and Passionately,
CEO, SaveWithSunlight, Inc.
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