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Seeking Recourse Against Polluters, Call to 'Claim the Sky' as Common Good Intensifies


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Seeking Recourse Against Polluters, Call to 'Claim the Sky' as Common Good Intensifies

Lauren McCauley, staff writer

The movement to claim the global atmosphere as a "common good" has been building in grassroots battles for years. But in the wake of the COP21 conference in Paris—with international momentum and a new coalition of countries committed to the need for climate finance—the call to "claim the sky" has found new resonance.


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Buy the sky and sell the sky and
lift your arms up to the sky...
--R.E.M., "Fall on Me"


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We need to "claim the sky" as commons. We also need to reclaim the land, the water, and the source of life as commons. Almost no one inside the colonizing / colonized societies will be able to even THINK the thought: "Earth, water, sky and DNA are not anyone's property."

Like all history, the economic history of the world is written by "the winners." Despite the rah-rah "Everything is better now" narrative shine given to the greatest looters and colonizers in history, this disastrous, extractive, colonizing, looting "winners economy" is KILLING EVERYTHING.

If we are to "save the Earth," or learn to live in ways that are in harmony with a living Earth, we need to throw off the legacy of enclosure, privatization, colonization, "limited liability" corporations, and industrialism.

That legacy of enclosure, privatization, colonization, "limited liability" corporations, and industrialism is deeply embedded in our economy, our work, our lives, and our consciousness. (The fact that the word "privatization" exists is evidence of this penetration in society and consciousness: Something is not owned, or is shared in common; it goes through "privatization," and now it is owned. A clearer term for "privatization" is "looting.")

Re-learning how to be humans outside that colonialism / privatization box is simply a necessity, no matter how "unthinkable," if we are to stop the omnicide that is rapidly accelerating as a product of this colonizing economy.


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All things share the same breath - the beast, the tree, the man...
the air shares its spirit with all the life it supports.

Chief Seattle


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The fact that such phrases appear as "quaint" and "simply unrealistic" to the sophisticated reader, is evidence of the deep pathology of "modern" society and consciousness.


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It is a schism in conventional thought that is hard to take.

Even more difficult for those raised this way who live in the "modern" world.