Many of us who have read the headlines about the horrific heat waves and wildfires that have hit the world this year have wondered if there is anything we can do to stop the mass insanity of continuing to burn fossil fuels. So what is the root cause of both events? End Fossil Occupy says enough is enough.
We hear of our so-called leaders meeting in cloistered conference rooms where they “talk about the things that matter, with the words that need to be said” only to return to their various countries after issuing some poorly worded communique promising serious action for 20 or 30 years. End the fossil invasion says no more.
However, some obstructionists like Joe Manchin stand up with a straight face and declare that he cannot support any climate action that does not include huge tax breaks for himself and his wealthy friends. Add in a United States Supreme Court hell-bent on shoving state-sponsored religion down the throats of all Americans while verifying that few climate policies exist and the outlook for the human race is getting worse by the day.
A few years ago, Greta Thunberg burst onto the scene with a “Climate Strike” campaign for schoolchildren, but even her voice was silenced by defenders of the status quo. But now they are young people who style themselves as a new group End the fossil invasion published a manifesto calling on students around the world to organize protests in their schools calling for an end to fossil fuels. They hope their call to action will follow the trajectory of the oft-quoted phrase, “Small streams become mighty rivers.”
The organizers very clearly don’t want a bunch of old grey-haired squealers (like me) interfering with their fun. They did it with broken promises and empty rhetoric. They may not want a lot of people over 30, but they can’t stop me from reporting on their campaign. It is the full and unpublished manifesto published on July 26 Guardian.
“Why do we move on from the holidays? Youth movement: radical and ready to invade!
Schools and universities around the world are planning to take their school holidays a step further and occupy our campuses to demand an end to the fossil fuel economy. Learning from student activists in the 1960s, the youth of the climate justice movement will close their businesses as usual. . Not because we don’t like to learn, but because what we’ve already learned makes it clear that we won’t be able to secure a habitable planet for our present and our future without a dramatic break from this system.
Why occupation? Because we marched. We have started a petition. We have written open letters. We had meetings with governments, councils and commissions. We hit. We have filled the squares, streets and avenues with thousands and sometimes millions of people on every continent of this Earth. We screamed with all our lungs. Some of us have even participated in blockades, sit-ins and death marches.
In the midst of the massive climate mobilizations of 2019, just as the seeds of deep and deep social transformation seemed to take root, along came COVID-19 and our momentum slowed dramatically. However, what did not decrease were greenhouse gas emissions, the exploitation of the global south, and the unimaginable profits generated by the fossil fuel industry.
It’s no secret that our enemy, the fossil fuel industry, rules the world. And far from falling; actually stronger than ever. The proof is a recent investigation by The Guardian, which revealed that the world’s fossil fuel empire has 195 “carbon bomb” projects that threaten our hope of keeping global warming to a safe barrier of 1.5C. That’s right, despite the really funny show of our politicians and institutions at COP26 in 2021, the biggest oil companies are on the spending path. $103 million in planet-destroying projects every day over ten years (emphasis added).
Moreover, the climate crisis is not a just crisis. Recent IPCC reports show that those most affected by climate change are those who did the least to cause it in the first place. As young people born on the edge of the greatest catastrophe in human history, it is our historic responsibility to stand up to stop it.
So what do we do? Since surrendering to defeat will never be an option for us, we must now organize en masse. We need to create a new peak of mobilization similar to 2019 and even bigger. If we were waiting for a sign, this is it. With temperatures rising faster and faster, we’ve never been more convinced that ever-greater mobilization is not only possible: it’s existentially necessary.
We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past. We need to be more disruptive than ever in business as usual because this is our only chance to survive. The innovation and creativity of youth combined with a fierce appetite for disruption and freedom has the potential to change the world. As a generation of global students, we must disrupt business as usual and begin in the spaces where we have the power to mobilize and organize—our schools and universities. Oxford, Stanford, Princeton, Yale, McGill, Northwestern, MIT, etc. As with many universities invested in the fossil fuel industry, sometimes they are directly involved in destruction.
In other cases, they are indirectly related to it. We are being trained for a world without a future, a world of fossil capitalism. They want us to sit in school and study as if everything is fine. But the world we are learning about – the world that created the climate crisis – has no future. The big question of our generation is “How can we create a world without climate catastrophe?” sitting in school will not be answered.
The bottom line is this: we can’t pretend everything is fine and pretend the planet isn’t on fire. Just as other students have done before us – from the students in France in May ’68 to the Arab Spring, the Chilean Penguin Revolution, and the Primavera Secundarista in Brazil to Occupy Wall Street, we will stop life as usual to show our work. For governments and societies, we need to change things now. From Lisbon to California, from Peru to Germany and from Madrid to the Ivory Coast, we call on young people to come together and form an international revolutionary generation that can change the system.
From September to December 2022, “End Fossils: Occupy!” We will occupy hundreds of schools and universities around the world to end the fossil economy at the international level under the call to action. We invite anyone and everyone to join us and organize occupations in their schools or universities, as long as they follow our 3 principles: a youth-led occupation, a climate justice framework and occupation until we win.
We will reinvigorate the youth movement, create new alliances, radicalize, mobilize the entire community to support and occupy, and through this sparking moment of international action, we will envision the world we want – one where life, not profit, is at the center. We will stand up in justice and freedom to crush the fossil fuel industry. We have no doubt: youth is a revolutionary subject. We are turning the tide, changing history and smashing the fossil fuel economy.
We are here. We are radicals. We are ready to invade.
Well, this is pretty serious stuff, huh? Maybe they don’t like old people very much (they did the most to get the world into this mess and the least to get us out of it), but there are things you can do. First, you can talk to your children and grandchildren about the movement and support them if they want to participate.
You can also make the November vote a point where the Blue Team (which itself is deeply complicit in supporting the fossil fuel industry) retains control of both houses of Congress and a substantial majority in the Senate. coal baron Joe Manchin is irrelevant. Finally, no matter who you are or how old you are, you can offer help. The group may also consider adopting the lyrics of Robert Zimmerman of Hibbing, Minnesota as their anthem:
Come, senators, congressmen, heed the call
Do not stand at the door, do not block the hall.
The victim will be standing.
There is a battle outside
Soon it will shake its windows and shake its walls,
For changing times
Come mothers and fathers all over the country
Don’t criticize what you don’t understand
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command
Your old path is quickly updated.
Please take out a new one if you can’t reach it
They are for a changing time.
As manifestos go, it’s pretty good.
Finally, End Fossil Occupy would also do well to use the services of Juice Media. Now they’ve turned their attention to the US as they helped oust the vile Scott Morrison from his post in Australia, their first attempt at sacking the High Court with their satirical skills. We warn you that Juice Media uses some offensive and offensive language. It worked Down Under and it can work here. If you think you might be offended, please don’t watch it. You have been warned!
If you object to the Juice Media video, blame Dan Allard. He told us about it!
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