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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:38 PM
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NAOMI KLEIN's invitation to a mass movement ....

Joining 350.Org: The Next Phase
By Naomi Klein - April 7th, 2011


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As 350.org has known all along, the real task is to build the kind of mass movement that politicians cannot afford to ignore. That means showing how making the deep emission cuts that science demands is not some dour punishment that will destroy our economy (as the Koch-funded right is perpetually claiming) but rather our best chance of fixing an economic system that is failing us on every level. Shifting to renewable energy and re-localizing our economies could create millions of good new jobs, while leaving us with cleaner cities and a healthier food system. And as 350.orgs Global Work Party showed, a big part of averting climate chaos involves rebuilding and strengthening our frayed communities and that is a joyful process.

But its not enough to dreamily imagine the world we want. We also have to confront, head on, the forces that are determined to use their power and wealth to stop us. Which is why 350.org just launched a campaign targeting the deeply anti-democratic influence that major polluters have over the political process in Washington, starting with the biggest fish of them all, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (chamber.350.org).

I see this campaign as a breakthrough moment in the history of the climate movement, recognition that the struggles for economic justice, real democracy and a livable climate are all profoundly interconnected. As 350.org founder Bill McKibben puts it: unless we go after the money pollution, no campaign against real pollution stands a chance. The same can be said for any progressive goal, from labor rights to net neutrality. As we recognize these (and many other) connections among our various "issues," I am convinced that a new kind of climate movement will emerge, one that is larger, deeper and more powerful than anything we have seen yet. There is no question that 350.org will be helping to lead the way, and I cant wait to see what comes next.

http://www.naomiklein.org/articles/2011/04/joining-350-...
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:42 PM
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Hatchling Donating Member (968 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:26 PM
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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:33 PM
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Raksha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:40 PM
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4. K & R - Right on about the money pollution...
Re "...unless we go after the money pollution, no campaign against real pollution stands a chance."

That's pretty much self-evident at this point.
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