Apparently standing on the brink of global disaster, economically and environmentally, isn’t enough to get the majority of people to demand real change from their political leaders, and move away from their fossil fuel lovin’ ways. So what will it take? This video from 14 year old Hyrum Grenny (with a little help from his dad, one of the co-authors of Influencer: The Power To Change Anything) looks at what it takes to get kids to wash their hands and offers some helpful insights into human behavior and motivation for change.
As part of the 24 Hours of Climate Reality, this video was put together to remind us – parents, children, young adults, grandparents concerned about the environmental crisis our world is facing – that the voice of the people is the strongest thing, stronger than any other special interest or power, and that when people stand together and draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough, change will happen. We can look to Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, the Berlin wall, and Egypt’s Tahrir Square. These, and many others throughout history, are examples where people stood up for change, for what was right, against huge obstacles, and change happened. Are you ready to become part of a not-so-silent majority, who will demand accountability and change from our elected officials?
*thanks to Sherry over at One Earth To Live for the link to the video!
In the Climate Reality Project, Al Gore answers the question, “What Can Change In a Day?”. A whole lot, it turns out – just ask the people living on the Susquehanna River last week when Tropical Storm Lee hit then and displaced them, or the folks in New Orleans about Hurricane Katrina, or the people along the Gulf Coast still recovering from the BP disaster.
If you haven’t yet signed up to host a Climate Reality event tomorrow, it isn’t too late. Just go to Climate Reality Project.org, and join their project to reveal the complete truth about the climate crisis and watch the live stream starting at 7pm CT on September 14.
- “You can’t help but be an optimist when you are contributing to positive change. Believe in your own power and then to be bold enough to use it. Together we will create a better world.” Marianne Schnall, writing in today’s Huffington Post, on “Be The Change: Inspiration and Advice From Activists and Celebrities”
- Here’s an upbeat video from People For Bikes, shared by the folks at 350.org. Watch the video, sign the pledge (if you are in the U.S.) and – most importantly – ride your bike today!
- Cartoon of the month via the Union of Concerned Scientists:
Have a great weekend, everyone, and remember: “Everybody has the power to make changes… and every change makes a difference.” (Actor and Activist Cameron Diaz)