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  1. Jeff White December 14, 2011 at 4:37 pm |

    Margaret Mead was right. But small groups of thoughtful people don’t change the world with their thoughts alone. Changing the world requires action, and the engagement of massive numbers of people therein.

    We need to do more than talk to each other on the internet (and what about the billions who don’t have access to the internet?). We need to build actual movements that can develop a critical mass of activist participants who are prepared to put their bodies on the line.

    The Arab Spring revolts were tweeted and blogged, but actually forcing change required the physical participation of masses of people, each appearing in person in Tahrir Square or wherever else they could express their power and their determination to confront the powerful forces that stand in the way of necessary change.

  2. Martin Mostaard December 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm |

    I think that if we wait for politicians to get off their collective butts to do something then this beautiful,wondrous blue orb that we all live in will be lost.
    The entire system with which most of the planet works on is terminally flawed and working on the premise that we don’t live on a finite planet.
    This cannot go on!

    So what can we do? Change it. How? Talk to everyone you know. Talk about it, discuss it, argue over it. Write blogs make vlogs write to influential people who care about the environment and climate change, because the more we become aware of what is going on and the more we don’t agree with what is happening the more the ground swell will grow.
    The internet is a vital tool in this struggle this is because for the first time in human history we can communicate with everyone on this planet and form global ideas.

    This problem has to be fought for like a war not in a violent way but in a way were everyone if fighting for the common goal. And I believe that this is the only way we can save the planet.

    At some point our ideas and concerns we will reach
    critical mass and change will come.

    I like this saying from Margret Mead because its true and gives me inspiration.

    A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.
    Margaret Mead.

    Power to the People.
    Martin Mostaard.

  3. Jim Whitworth December 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm |

    As dismally truthful as this essay is, it gives me hope in a somewhat small way by laying out our climate problems in a concise manner backed up with footnotes. For my fellow readers of this essay much of it we already know or at least suspect. I am sure many here anguish over how to effectively transmit the information and effect change. It seems that most people don’t want to hear it or are to lazy or corrupted by the capitalist/corporatist system to act on it.I write the politicians,sign the petitions and try to educate people about the environment. I would be interested in reading the views of others on how to be more effective.

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