last night was the first meeting of the school year of a campus environmental group i organize with at my university (JMU EARTH). we were trying to orientate about 70 new people to what we do and how we do it. to open the meeting up, I wrote down a bunch of words to describe what it is that motivates us to do what we do, and I wanted to share those with you.
This world needs a change.
We have a warming climate, wars for oil, mountains, lives and communites being destroyed to get at the black rock buried in the hills. We’ve got whole species dying and oceans getting poisoned as we go about all our business as usual. We need a change.
One of the best places for this change to come from is from those who think about and care for their environment. Thats because thinking about your environment means not just thinking about old growth forests, endangered animals and all the fuzzy bunnies in the world, but really it means thinking about the Food we eat, the air we breathe, the land we walk on, the water we drink, and maybe most importantly, the people we live with, and the people all over the world that we depend on, but dont necessarily see every day.
The change we need, though, has got to come from EVERYONE. We cant rely ony anyone but the people we live and interact with every day. Governments and corporations, though definitely changeable, have vested interests in making sure that things remain the same.
Part of what is wrong with this world is that we are told that cannot change it, that all we can do is vote and hope for the the best.
Part of changing the world for the better, part of ensuring that justice is served for every human being, that every voice is heard, that oppression by human over human and by human over nature is ended, is including everyone in decision making processes. Direct, participatory democracy is possible, and necessary for a sustainable future.
So thats what we are about. We are learning about, teaching about, and creating about us a just, sustainable future where every voice is heard, where respect for every form of life is as great as the respect for humanity.
We are about creating a cultural change that does away with the belief that humans are apart from the world and not a part of it. We believe another world is possible, and that by thinking globally and acting locally, we can help bring it about.
Thats right, we are young, we are idealistic, we are energetic and ambitious. But we are organized, we have fun, and we get shit done. We have learned from those who came before, and we are teaching all that come after us.