If you have 53 minutes today or at any time this week, you have the time to watch 350.org’s film, Disruption. It’s captioned in English.
“DISRUPTION” – a film by KELLY NYKS & JARED P. SCOTT from Watch Disruption on Vimeo.
“Climate change exacerbates every kind of social injustice that faith communities have fought against for centuries.” —Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director for Green Faith (@greenfaithworld)
What’s Good About Disruption and What’s Not So Good
What I like about Disruption: it foregrounds the broad spectrum of people and organizations engaged with climate justice right now, from the Sierra Club and Green Faith to the New York Environmental Justice Alliance and the World Wildlife Foundation.
What I don’t like: the soundtrack is very thriller-ish, and I don’t think it’s necessary. The visual editing of Disruption clarifies the significance and stakes well enough.
I’m all for emotional impact: people move when they are moved. But I don’t think fear and anxiety are viable emotions to build a long-term change movement on, and I don’t see the point in adding to the US’ 13-year track record of perma-fear.
I agree with Disruption‘s filmmakers that the time for talk is over, that it’s time for personal, community, local governmental, national, and international action. And I’d like to contribute not only to the disruption of apathy but also to the disruption of fear-based engagement. I hope we can do both.
“We didn’t want to leave it to world leaders: their track record isn’t very good in dealing with this question.” —Bill McKibben (@billmckibben), co-founder of 350.org (@350)
So since we can’t expect elected/selected political leaders to abandon fear as strategy, it’s going to fall to us. Are you up for it?
We’ve created the Climate Stew podcast to help people learn how to engage the seriousness of climate change with lots of humor and without lots of fear. There are many other ways to get involved too. Next week, for instance, I’ll be at the People’s Climate March in New York with more than 100,000 other people so look out for post-March comments from both Peterson and me.
There’s no better time for ordinary people to demonstrate our stake in keeping this planet hospitable for all of us—and not just for the wealthy and mobile. Disrupt the status quo with us!
Eddie Bautista (NY Environmental Justice Alliance) on the wider significance of climate change. Image via Twitter.