Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Monday, December 17, 2007

STOP CONSUMING - HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAYS

This is the time of year we are all urged to go shop til we drop so we can grow the economy. The problem though is that growth is killing our very finite planet.

Please click on the link in the headline above to see a very fine video called The Story of Stuff. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

The video reminds us that in the U.S. we are 5% of the world's population but that we are using 30% of the dwindling resources of our Mother Earth. We are now using twice the resources today that Americans used 60 years ago.

We have become complicit in our own demise and the corporations are getting rich off our destruction. Sound evil? It is.

We have been taught to worship things more than we worship the very source of life - our fragile planet. The corporate marketers have literally climbed inside our brains and hearts and move us around like cheap plastic chess pieces on a board.

Let this holiday season be the time of our personal liberation from the chains of shopping, consumption, materialism, and the death of real spirituality.

To everyone I know I say........I will still love you if you don't send me a holiday card or a present. Send me an email instead or bake me some banana bread. Or maybe just call me to say hello.

Shop local, eat local, and walk local.

Have a happy holiday season by freeing yourself and the planet.

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