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Is The Climate Really Too Big To Fail?

2012/03/26

350.org has a new campaign to bring home the reality of climate change to people in North America. They are asking people to “connect the dots ” on 5/5/12 by protesting, educating, documenting and volunteering along with thousands of people around the world to support the communities on the front lines of the climate crisis:

Across the planet now we see ever more flood, ever more drought, ever more storms. People are dying, communities are being wrecked — the impacts we’re already witnessing from climate change are unlike anything we have seen before.

But because the globe is so big, it’s hard for most people to see that it’s all connected. That’s why, on May 5, we will Connect the Dots.

In places from drought-stricken Mongolia to flood-stricken Thailand, from fire-ravaged Australia to Himalayan communities threatened by glacial melt, we will hold rallies reminding everyone what has happened in our neighborhoods. And at each of those rallies, from Kenya to Canada, from Vietnam to Vermont, someone will be holding a…dot. A huge black dot on a white banner, a “dot” of people holding hands, encircling a field where crops have dried up, a dot made of fabric and the picture taken from above — you get the idea. We’ll share those images the world around, to put a human face on climate change–we’ll hold up a mirror to the planet and force people to come face to face with the ravages of climate change.

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Anyone and everyone can participate in this day. Many of us do not live in Texas, the Philippines, or Ethiopia — places deeply affected by climate impacts. For those communities, there are countless ways to stand in solidarity with those on the front-lines of the climate crisis: some people will giving presentations in their communities about how to connect the dots. Others will do projects to demonstrate what sorts of climate impacts we can expect if the crisis is left unchecked. And still others of us will express our indignation to local media and politicians for failing to connect the dots in their coverage of “natural disasters.”

However you choose to participate, your voice is needed in this fight — and you can sign up here: www.climatedots.org

These will be beautiful events, we’re sure. But they will also have an edge. It’s important for all of us whose lives are being damaged to know that it’s right that we get a little angry at those forces causing this problem. The fossil fuel industry is at fault, and we have to make that clear. Our crew at 350.org will work hard to connect all these dots — literally — and weave them together to create a potent call to action, and we will channel that call directly to the people who need to hear it most.

May 5 is coming soon; we need to work rapidly. Because climate change is bearing down on us, and we simply can’t wait. The world needs to understand what’s happening, and you’re the people who can tell them.

Please join us–we need you to send the most important alarm humanity has ever heard: www.climatedots.org

Onwards,

Bill McKibben for the whole team at ClimateDots.org

350.org: Connect The Dots

4 Comments leave one →
  1. 2012/03/26 8:18 am

    May 5th, I will be traveling, connecting dots between California and Vermont by way of Texas. The dots in Texas are black and oily and represent Tyrannosaurus Rexfineries (TRex) that demand to be fed. Some of the TRex feed stock is imported by pipes from Canada. New pipes have been born and are planned for conception to multiply like so many snakes, one cannot stop them from wiggling their way across US to satisfy the demands of the TRex.

    Because the corporate CEOs have a fiduciary responsibility to their stockholders by law, the CEOs are de facto slaves to the TRexes, and the TRexes are the slave masters. So my connecting the dots in Texas is to slay the slave masters, and end CEO slavery. How? To help the CEOs strengthen their hearts and rise up against TRex in support of a transition from dirty oily black dots to breezy clean windy energy (bold bright blue dots) and sunshiny solar energy (sparkly yellow and orange dots). Imagine the world of fresh blue, yellow and orange dotted TRexies.

  2. 2012/03/27 5:58 am

    Lovely vision. Thank you, climate warrior.

  3. 2012/03/27 11:18 pm

    I find Bill McKibbon so inspiring. He has such a genuine spirit of giving, relentlessly pushing to save us all….

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