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In Face of Government Inaction, Activists Ramp Up Global Divestment Actions

In Face of Government Inaction, Activists Ramp Up Global Divestment Actions

Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Intensifying the global demand for nations and institutions to move away from fossil fuels, campaigners on Friday are launching ten days of direct actions calling for divestment from the companies most responsible for the climate crisis.

From New Zealand to South Africa to Ecuador and beyond, thousands are expected to take part in the Global Divestment Mobilization, which will include actions in 39 countries across six continents.

The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions
End our love affair with the automobile
Ride more trains and buses
Car pool
Walk and bike more
Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter
Become vegetarians or vegans
Refill plastic bottles with tap water
Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation
Maximize use of reusable bags and products
Recycle junk mail
Forego fast junk food
Go to “slow food”;
Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans
Drive and accelerate more slowly
Climb more stairs
Plant more trees
Forego use of spray cans
Ride more trains and buses
Repair, mend and alter as much as possible
Buy solar panels
Compost as much as possible
Last person out of the room turn off the lights
Eat and farm organic
Ride more trains and buses
Fly fewer planes
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Use manual tools instead of power tools
Share more
Use rakes rather than leaf blowers
Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water
Maximize reusable bags and products
Push rather than power small mowers
Replace lawns with vegetable gardens
Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns
Compost as much as possible
Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);
Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;
Limit endless gadgets
Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Local Government Actions
Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)
Institute a carbon tax
Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit
Expand bike paths
Have shareable (zip) cars
Ban electric outdoor signs;
Eat and farm organic
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings
eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food

Federal Government Actions
Ban gasohol
Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war
Discontinue night baseball
Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible
Recycle maximally
Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible
Discontinue aluminum cans
Ban electric outdoor signs
Maximize solar and wind power;
Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture
Reverse deforestation, plant more trees
Restrict spray cans
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide
End yearly auto model changes;
Proscribe junk mail
Scrap the mission to Mars


Donald, You forgot…



“Divestment and Investment” is gambling, long seen as a vice.

Why must we gamble on banks and on other corporations for our income? If We the People own equal parts of trillions in OUR goverment’s resources shouldn’t we receive equal dividends from its uses?

To make it official, incorporate our 300 million citizens, get equal non-transferable shares in OUR corporate government’s resources and receive equal dividends from our shares. Good bye poverty. We might all become rich.

Do this before other banks and corporations privatize OUR resources and legally steal them from us.

Direct Democracy


I am a Green Party member.


Without doing anything else people themselves can make a big difference. Ride public transport if at all possible.(I don’t own a car for instance). Pick one or two days a week to not drive, consolidate multiple chores into one trip. Turn off most lights at night, cities too; just look at pictures from the space station to see Earth lit up at night! Recycle as much as possible. These actions do help as more folks start to practice conservation.
Also find out whose products are not green, and don’t just think ‘Green’ on the label means it’s green. Boycott those products are produced by the most egregious corporations and the people behind them. (Example: The Koch’s products.) Then tell your reps and senators to ACT before it’s too late to matter as time’s short indeed.


The road less taken:

Reinvent backyard solar. The first ten solid improvements to solar heat at night for buildings, to concentrated daylighting and to residential heliostat systems will seem shockingly simple. Actually, for me they were already pretty simple.

Build a group of people, a work cooperative, sometimes a nonprofit foundation when the prospects of making money are near-zero but when the planet is desperate for the research to succeed. Find a bunch of dedicated non-inventors with ordinary skill sets: organizers, number crunchers, sales types, people who know how to keyboard and so on. Study consensus process or similar systems. Put the thing together. Be ready to merge with other like-minded groups or find people who want to go plant new franchises.

If you can’t join, support this crew. Be slowly sucked into this bunch until you suddenly realize that you’re full-time.

In sum, why pester a government that doesn’t care when you can go across the street and be the government that you want?


Beautiful addendum to list!

I’ll second that list!
Also add - explore and make gleaning networking part of life to supply local food kitchens. More and more local producers are mindful of this opportunity

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" Why pester a government that doesn’t care."

So True! Mahatma Gandhi: " become the change you want to see in the world". Also to paraphrase: if you want peace in the world, let it begin with you.

Create the life you want to live

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TD Banks which are everywhere in NJ are funding the Keystone Pipe Line – !!!

Credit Unions and Community Banks are better places for your savings.