Can the Extinction Rebellion stop the destruction of all human life on this planet. How to not just become another wave? Can we relearn to be part of nature?

Extinction Rebellion Go!

Tips for the most urgent global movement

Floris Koot
Nov 23, 2018 · 14 min read

Liza Woolf asks: “What is it that you are asking me as a 20-year-old to face and to accept about my future and my life? … This is an emergency. We are facing extinction. When you ask questions like that, what is it you want me to feel?” We (the press) had no answer. (From the Guardian)

Before you begin..

This picture got forwarded over 500 times in the time this article got two thumbs up. So what is more effective? At the same time, just forwarding en believing is a start but not enough.

An Urgent Call to Action

Logo of the Extinction Rebellion

The Extinction Rebellion in the UK and the call for a Green New Deal in the USA are growing fast. The need should be clear! But are their approaches working? And what may speed it up?

Here are some tips:

  1. Actions. Concrete suggestions you might want to investigate, or consider to help push the radical change across the globe.
  2. Big Questions. We must address complex issues to make this work, otherwise the rebellion may not work at all.
  3. Point to Solutions. Panic doesn’t work when it doesn’t offer solutions.

1. Listen Carefully

Does this really convince people? You want this movement to grow, not be just another protest. So what words, actions make it go more viral? What images and examples make people stop and listen? What counter offense are lobbyists and spin doctors putting on? What lies by corrupt leaders can easily be exposed? What target audiences need an adapted message, different strategy?

Remember we all want to win this one, not just vent frustration and anger.

Every time you speak or shout, wonder; am I shouting my anger over, pain about or love for the world (that is okay and understandable)? And do I feel it helps reach others. If not, cry out your tears, then seek to adjust. If your anger doesn’t reach people, then speak from the pain underneath. If the pain is too scary for yourself or others, then speak from the love that is being damaged. If none of this helps, speak (especially for the very mental ones) facts and knowledge. Or try to speak about a desired and attainable future.

Know that you are already with millions. Indigenous people tend to focus more on awareness of interconnectedness. Activists towards waking everyone up and new methods like permaculture. The spiritual people, may use different words and images than the scientists. You all see and worry about the same thing. If you are in one of these bubbles exchange with these other groups who may use very different tactics then you. Copy what works best, but don’t push them to copy yours. Infighting is stupid and not effective.

Learn and investigate marketing and convincing methods

Also learn from politicians. You may be interviewed. The press may try to put you into a corner, by focussing on a side issue, or frame you as a disturbance ignoring the real issue. Compare to how the immigrants are made into the problem, not what the Western world has done to their own countries that made them leave. Always return to the real issue. Make it so, they seem not to be listening, by perhaps asking: “What is more essential, me disturbing the peace, or the imminent collapse of our eco-system and human civilization? Can we look at the causes, the real criminals and what we can do to change course?”

Demand Daily Updates Of Progress In The Press

Show working examples to base massive shifts upon.

Bigger buildings can be build like termite nests, heating themselves without any energy costs. Why isn’t that the new normal? We have the tech to make vertical gardens, agro forests, why are our cities then still concrete deserts? Etc, what questions can you come up with? How to use them as push for change?

Be the media yourself

More on dealing with Fake Media: https://medium.com/the-gentle-revolution/dealing-with-fake-manipulative-media-b603282d9c51

2. Big Action Suggestions

Take Every Week One Corporation On.

Then move on to the bigger targets like Monsanto. They may claim it’s the temperature not their poisons killing all insects. But then decades of spraying tonnes and tonnes all across the world is harmless? What do you think?

Collective resistance to help faulty governments readjust.

Offer solutions, wins.

Important Consideration for the Americans!

In short “..certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness (and what other rights?)…… but when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

My questions are: Isn’t everyone’s life damaged and threatened through the denying of global warming? Aren’t many people, you(?), afraid to speak out? Aren’t minorities imprisoned for profits and gerrymandered & blacklisted to keep their voice from being heard in voting? Isn’t then their liberty damaged? Then are they not factual unequal, thus aren’t those that uphold the law, not breaking the core of the constitution? Is the pursuit of happiness hindered for many, because of the prison system, college debt, unreasonable low wages that even two jobs may not provide for your family? Isn’t there despotism when the president goes unchecked to war and declares the press as enemy? Isn’t the factual use of the tax break for the rich and money for the weapon industry proof that your government does not represent you? Haven’t the American people since the seventies experienced an increasing train of abuses and usurpations by Global corporations and billionaires? Do you fear your own intelligence services, rather than feel protected by them? If all this is so, please consider carefully, then isn’t it your right and duty .. to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” At the least let your representatives know that if they endanger life than they are not your government according your own constitution.

Protest with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the rooms of the Corporate Democrats to wake them up.

Swarm or building a strong co-creative movement

Also when your governments crack down on leaders, than it’s essential to have spread leadership such as applied by the Zapatistas (who also have tips to make it work globally) and the Anonymous movement.

Consider an approach to collective intelligence as the basis for the movement. And equally important might be the willingness and collaboration to learn your way forward, through the tips of Learning Societies.

Live, breath, show, develop solutions and make ‘m visible.

3. Big Questions.

How to deal with unbelievers, or people who rather trust their governments and priests, or rather enjoy their luxuries while they can? How to deal with anyone more anxious about all those immigrants (coming from places our governments and corporations ravaged) and prefer a strict patriarchal leader, because a strong daddy feels decisive and the better bet?

How to replace the old system super-fast with new ones? Who of our millions already plans to start an agro-forest, regenerative garden full of diverse plants, etc. Who can help cities to become forests open to people and many other life forms, instead of our concrete jungles? Who has the time, space and freedom to start building? What arguments might turn the billionaires into heroes who help, rather than defenders of their interests? What push may help your city to make the transition with everyone? The transition town movement and city movements can help.

How to keep all essential principles intact? How to show courage, unity, purpose and at the same time accept diversity, challenges, differences, complexities and still find ways to make it an inclusive journey? Because the end of Apartheid worked only because the whites would have a place in the new South Africa. Same here. Eco-criminals may have plundered the planet, and convinced millions ons consumers it was okay to eat foods gathered by slaves, produced by GMO’s, shipped in plastics, etc. These people will either defend themselves ugly, or feel a safe route and might even become helpful.

How to get your army, your intelligence service employees, your educators, professors all in, and yes, keep listening to what they know and suggest. Some will be lies, but others, as with a lot of fake news around global warming (also by activists who wanted to speed things up with lies) might be lies from your own side. Or they’ll have insight you haven’t. Discern with an open mind and heart. Collaborate, rather than fight. We all have a purpose to help make a difference. Don’t become the threat, be the solution.

4. Point to Solutions.

Everyone stressed out over the mortgage should read the regrets of the dying. Nobody wishes to have worked more. Everyone wants a simpler life closer to friends and doing meaningful things. In short, about that ‘double bind’, it’s a prison and you can get out. Take for example the managers of the Lehman Borthers bank that went bust. One and a half year later almost all of them were so much happier. Too many of us think we can’t do without our wealth. Without it we can be so much more free, flexible, less stressed, etc.

Start looking at the heroes of this change. Read for example Daniel Christian Wahl’s ‘Regenerative Design’, or listen to Dr. Vandana Shiva and others at Shumacher, listen to Jane Goodall, Greta Thunberg, and so, so many others. There are so many ideas how to liberate ourselves from the traps the ‘machine world’ offers. And all are valid steps needed to be explored in order to move the whole. We are not alone. We have reason, warmth, love, vision, truth, reality, connectivity, playfulness and celebration on our side. We can be the party everyone wants to join.

Here’s more of these issues and some ways out.

Conclusion.

“Earth is a spaceship and we’re all crew.”

Currently the captains are drunk, corrupt and not watching the icebergs enough. We have to wake them up, but so that we can avoid the icebergs. It’s not a good plan to have such arguments that the steering is altogether forgotten until the unrest aboard is solved. But the crew can do a lot. They can bring the ship to a halt, refuse alcohol to their captains, grind the motors and prevent the captains to claim the life rafts for themselves, by bringing them back to the bridge and to work.

“We cannot know what can or can’t be done, only what must be done.” The work ahead is clear. The route has yet to be decided. I hope this text helps.

More info in Rebellion Class 1.01 : Attitudes, Strategies and Action.

Rebellion Class 2.01: Where to start? Start at the bottom, Aim at the Top, Start in the Middle, Upset the Status Quo & Using Talents where you can.

Rebellion Class 3.01: Smarter & fun actions to convince others better.

The Art of Foolkido: dealing with bigger powers than yours.

It’s like I wrote: our leaders are not our leaders any more.

The Gentle Revolution

Towards a revolution we all want to dance in, for a flourishing planet.

Floris Koot

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Play Engineer. Social Inventor. Gentle Revolutionary. I always seek new possibilities and increase of love, wisdom and play in the world.

The Gentle Revolution

Towards a revolution we all want to dance in, for a flourishing planet.

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