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.
“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 I like about Disruption: it foregrounds the broad spectrum of people engaged with climate justice right now.
What I don’t like: the soundtrack is very thriller-ish. And I don’t think it’s needed (I don’t think fear is a sound motivator anyway).
The visual editing of Disruption clarifies the significance and stakes well enough. I’m all for emotional impact, I just don’t think fear and anxiety are viable emotions to build a long-term change movement on.
The US alone has spent the last 13 years in perma-fear. What have we been able to accomplish in that time? I don’t see point in adding to it.
I agree 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)
Since we can’t expect elected/selected political leaders to abandon fear as strategy, it’s going to fall to us.
Think you’re up for it? Check out the new Climate Stew podcast for a light-spirited look at how to engage without fear.