Charles Eisenstein’s message to Greta Thunberg and the Youth Climate Strikers

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Charles Eisenstein's message to Greta Thunberg and the Youth Climate Strikers

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https://fridaysforfuture.org/ #FFF
Make the step from awareness to Ecocide law:
www.StopEcocide.earth

Nature First! What is Eur Opinion?
https://EurOpinion.is/Greta (see our open letter to Greta)

George Monbiot says: “Keep the climate movement alive!”
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/20/manifesto-youth-climate-strikers-win-fight

Charles Eisenstein says:

What I love about the Youth Climate Strike is
that people are taking a stand and saying:

“I do not want to participate in a system
that is… destroying life on Earth.”

Why should I be schooled
in participation in this system.

It doesn’t make sense,
so I’m not gonna do it.

That kind of refusal to comply,

…that kind of trust in values
that embrace and serve life.

That’s what we need on a mass level!

And I’m really happy that young people
are putting that…

…ahead of the bribes and threats
that keep them in the system…

and that say that school is more important
than taking a stand for Earth.

So that energy is very…

…it’s like a fresh breeze
for me and so many other people.

And I would caution
that there are powerful forces…

…that would like to coopt that energy
and divert it onto things…

…that actually don’t disrupt
the status quo too much.

Because climate change…

…this is not just some technical matter
of finding alternative energy sources…

…to keep civilization as it is running,
to maintain business as usual.

We live on a planet that is alive!

We could cut emissions to zero
and if we continue to degrade…

the organs of this living being:

the forests, the wetlands, the whales,
the elephants, the fish…

…all of the beings on earth,
all of the ecosystems…

…then the earth will still die
a death of a million cuts…

…even if we cut emissions to zero.

So be careful about
getting diverted and used…

…to promote these technical solutions,
such as: geo-engeneering

such as: bleaching the sky
a paler shade of blue…

with softer aerosols
that reflect sunlight.

Problem solved!
If we’re going to keep the issue…

to a narrow matter of global warming
Problem solved!

Business as usual can continue
and we’ve ‘saved’ the world.

Or carbon capture, you know,
giant machines in every city.

But what we want
and what is stirring us to this rebellion…

…is much bigger than:
“Find some way to switch fuel sources.”

And I really want people
to stay in touch with that…

…and to go deeper and deeper.

Where does the addiction
to fossile fuels come from?

Can we just control that addiction?
This society-civilizational addiction.

Is it just something that we control?
Or do we look at the source of it?

What is the crisis underneath
the addiction to fossile fuels?

Why are we collectively persuing
a world of more and more and more?

It doesn’t even make us happier 🙁

Yeah! No wonder
you don’t want to comply with that.

And I would say,
even if Climate Change were the thing…

…still don’t comply with that!

That’s not what you’re here for.

So hold that energy precious.

Hold that impulse to serve life.

To refuse the bribes and the threats,
hold that precious.

Don’t let it get coopt
into something more superficial…

…then where it really wants to go.

And thank you for being brave.

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