Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough in Dialogue




In a video dialogue with naturalist documentary filmmaker David Attenborough in October 2020, Greta Thunberg said that what introduced her to the climate emergency was films and documentaries. She explained that her school striking spread from Stockholm to other Swedish cities, then to the Netherlands, then to Finland. A tipping point occurred when Australians started striking, got a lot of media coverage and many young people got involved around the world.
The 2020 I am Greta film was made by a man who followed her around doing her activism. She said that film shows the absurd celebrity culture: “It’s strange that I became a public figure; I haven’t really done that much.” Rather, we should focus on the climate crisis. She advocates the need to connect the dots because, “We fail today so badly to connect the issues in one big sustainability crisis and see that climate change, loss of biodiversity, loss of fertile soil, over fishing, etc. are one issue.
When asked what an individual can do, she said there’s not one thing an individual can do because we don’t have the time or the carbon budget. But, if she were to chose one thing, it’s to try to understand the crisis, educate yourself, and educate others. We need to be active democratic citizens to put pressure on people in power. Public opinion runs the free world so the source of hope now is to put enough pressure on the politicians. An individual can go vegan, stop flying, stop buying, but the most important thing is to understand why changes are needed now and spread awareness, information, knowledge. The media is most efficient tool we have.  When asked if she’s a pessimist or optimist, she a, “I’m a realist.” When asked about her advice for older generation, she said, “We know you have more experience and are more educated, but you need to keep an open mind, thinking outside the box, and keep learning.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRFY4ss2W2A

Spiritual Key: How to Thrive in Challenging Times webinar 11-14 and 11-15

Spiritual Keys: How to Thrive in Challenging Times

 A webinar sponsored by ISSSEEM                             

*Stress reduction techniques

*Scientific explanations for psi extraordinary abilities

*How to do clairvoyant reading

*Healing techniques including energy psychology

Gayle Kimball, Ph.D., is the author of 20 books including Essential Energy Tools: How to Develop Your Clairvoyant and Healing Abilities; Calm: How to Thrive in Challenging Times; and a trilogy based on interviews with visionary scientists: Mysteries of Knowledge Beyond Our Senses, Mysteries of Healing, and Mysteries of Reality.

www.gaylekimball.info

November 14 and 15, 9 to noon PST. $147 registration includes an hour active meditation download

Reserve your space by emailing gkimball@csuchico.edu

POC Youth Climate Activists

Meet the young activists of color who are leading the charge against climate disaster

These US-based activists know firsthand the impact racism, poverty, and colonialism have had on the planet.

By Nylah Burton  Oct 11, 2019, 8:00am EDT

Indisputably, Greta Thunberg is an exemplary leader — inspiring thousands of students worldwide to walk out of class every Friday to protest climate disaster and bringing attention to the Global Climate Strikes last month, in which 4 million people participated. The 16-year-old Swedish founder of the Fridays for Future movement is passionate about spurring those in power to take drastic steps to save humanity’s future, even addressing Congress and the UN to demand accountability.

However, Thunberg never asked to be the messianic-like face for the climate movement. In fact, she told Congress, “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean.” And by the media and public making her the center of youth-led climate activism, the work of many Indigenous, Black, and Brown youth activists is often erased or obscured.

Women action figures in film

By Manohla Dargis

  • Nov. 6, 2020   Why I Love Women Who Wallop

When I caught up with “Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey” in February, I grooved on an entire world populated by women taking up space with grins and seriously bad attitude. The movie had opened a few weeks earlier but had done soft business, and I saw it at a second-run theater. I didn’t expect much, yet I enjoyed its silliness and unremitting action. I dug how Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn — a Mad Hatter of a heroine — pinwheeled across the screen, slicing and dicing and tossing confetti while having dirty good fun. I’d seen women in action, but the exuberance here felt different.

I’ve watched Emily Blunt soar and crash land to play a soldier in “Edge of Tomorrow”; performers transform into Amazons to populate “Wonder Woman”; Melissa McCarthy hang tough in “Spy”; and Charlize Theron kick butt, again and again, in “Atomic Blonde.”

I’d been a fan of the 1970s TV series “Wonder Woman” and later “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”; in film, I looked to Hong Kong (the great Michelle Yeoh), French nonsense (“La Femme Nikita”) and American exploitation flicks (the indelible Pam Grier), where the punches were in service to braless jiggling. Only recently did I grasp that the behind-the-scenes videos I was looking at were showing women kicking and punching their way to different kinds of female representation.

What is being demolished are stereotypes about women, a revolution that also includes performers as diverse as McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Amy Schumer and Mindy Kaling. The first time I watched “Trainwreck,” Schumer’s breakout movie, I couldn’t stop looking at her legs. They were beautiful and muscular, nothing like the fragile-looking stems I was accustomed to seeing fetishized in movies. 

The woman of action is an emblem of this change. The “Alien” and “Terminator” franchises were crucial to the re-emergence of this figure, though few other films were as bold. As gratifying as it could be to see women blast through the ensuing decades, too many movies anxiously reinforced sexist norms (they’re powerful, but hot!) and insisted on useless male love interests. Things have improved because of feminist agitation. Wonder Woman now has a film franchise; Black Widow has her own movie coming out. And then there’s Danai Gurira, who hurls her wig at a guy in “Black Panther” before taking him down. It’s a blissful emancipatory moment and serves as a rejoinder to the practice of “wigging,” when a stuntman doubles for a woman.

One reason Theron has become the reigning woman of cinematic action is that she often seems alone, sovereign, whether her character has a romantic foil or not. She’s given a fittingly disposable one in “Atomic Blonde.” It’s an absurd movie in most respects but she’s an astonishment as a spy, including in the action scenes. She slams and pummels, kicks and grunts. The grunts heighten the realism but they also signal Theron’s intense physicality and her extreme effort. Women in old Hollywood worked punishingly hard, too, and were pushed to their physical limits — Ginger Rogers rehearsed one dance so many times that her shoes filled with blood — but you scarcely ever saw those stars sweat. Women glow, as an old saying goes. Horses sweat.

“Atomic Blonde” plays with ideas of masculinity and femininity, partly by blurring them. One of the most brutal fights is set in a kitchen, where Theron’s spy knocks out one guy out by flinging a pot at him and rapidly takes down another by slamming a freezer door in his face.

Youth Activists Claim Victory

From March for Our Lives: WE DID THIS!!!! Young people across the country defied predictions and broke turnout records. Together, we rejected the overt fascism and corruption that have dominated our national politics over the past four years. Not bad at all for my first election and first time voting! 😎 Our Power shifted the national conversation and changed what was thought to be politically possible. Now it’s our duty to fight for policies that reflect our vision for the future. This clear victory is a mandate that the White House and Congress must deliver the policies that a majority of voters support. Support our Power  
 
Thank you to the young people who turned out in record numbers to vote, in particular BIPOC youth who voted in overwhelming margins for Biden. Really though — we’re talking 86% of Black youth voting and 74% of Latinx youth voting in favor of a safer future. We admit that we hoped to elect a Senate majority that puts people before guns. But we can celebrate the work it took to get to get this major, presidential win. Because of YOUR support Gayle, here’s what we were able to do together: Built infrastructure for 300 chapters to organizing work on the ground in their communities on issues more important to them. Held countless zoom rallies, phone banks, and text banks.We sent 784,392 texts to potential voters and made 802,974 calls to potential voters.We worked with Community Justice Action Fund to help turn out voters whose communities had disproportionate gun violence rates in Texas and Wisconsin.March For Our Lives Florida sent 350K texts and made 100K calls to voters on Amendment 2 in Florida (which passed with a supermajority), guaranteeing a $15 minimum wage for all workers.And March For Our Lives Florida worked their asses off for the last two years to get Precinct 538 at the University of Central Florida to a 100% turnout rate (yes, you read that right).The youth vote was pivotal in states that were key to defeating (soon to be former) President Trump. We created a coalition with the nation’s largest millennial and Gen Z movement organizations like Sunrise, United We Dream, and Dream Defenders to mobilize thousands of young voters to make sure every vote is counted. You can Count On Us. Can we count on you? We’ll need your help if we’re going to make sure Trump accepts the will of the people and the fair results of this election. Mathew

From Sunrise: Excuse my language, but we fucking did it. It’s official. We WON.

Young people have spoken in record breaking numbers and chosen leaders who will heed our mandates for justice—including immediate and aggressive action on the climate crisis. This is really it, Gayle. The decade of the Green New Deal is here.

The next few months are going to be a whirlwind. We’ve got to continue holding the government accountable to honoring the will of the people and make sure Biden will be sworn into office come January. And then we push the new administration like hell to ensure that climate stays a priority—on Day One and beyond.

Excuse my language, but we fucking did it. It’s official. We WON.

Young people have spoken in record breaking numbers and chosen leaders who will heed our mandates for justice—including immediate and aggressive action on the climate crisis. This is really it, Gayle. The decade of the Green New Deal is here.

The next few months are going to be a whirlwind. We’ve got to continue holding the government accountable to honoring the will of the people and make sure Biden will be sworn into office come January. And then we push the new administration like hell to ensure that climate stays a priority—on Day One and beyond.

I am in awe at the power of movements this election season. The countless nights packed with millions of calls, cramped hands from postcard writing and texting, hours spent learning and training together, every single dollar spared by movement members to keep us afloat, worn shoes and hoarse voices from time on the streets, singing into existence our dreams for a better world than the one forced upon us—it’s all lead to this moment.

But to keep these dreams alive, we’ll have to keep doing what we’ve been doing, and more. The Democratic establishment fumbled what should have been easy races and it remains uncertain whether we’ll have the power of the Senate to propel our climate plans forward. But we’ve delivered a resounding, popular mandate for action on climate, and we’re ready to fight like hell to make this a reality. The road ahead will be a little different—but still traversable. Varshini

Climate Advocacy Groups, Including Youth and Scientific Groups

350.org (founded in 2008 by Bill McKibben)

Alliance for Climate Education

Climate Action Network

Citizens Climate Lobby

Climate Hawks Vote

Climate Justice Alliance

The Climate Mobilization

Climate Reality Project chapters (founded by Al Gore)

Drawdown Framework “the world’s leading resource for climate solutions” was founded in 2014 by Paul Hawken and Amanda Ravenhill. Their book is also called Drawdown.

Earth Alliance

Earth Day

Extinction Rebellion

Friends of the Earth

Greenpeace

Hip Hop Caucus

Idle No More (Canada)

Indigenous Environmental Network

Natural Resources Defense Council

Next Generation

Presente.org

Progressive International formed in 2020 to support activists, includes Naomi Klein, Arundhati Roy, and Yanis Varoufakis.[i]

Rainforest Action Network

Rising Tide North America

Sierra Club

(More NGOs are listed online[i])


[i] https://climatestore.com/take-action/get-involved/non-profit-organizations-working-on-climate-change

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/12/2/20976180/climate-change-best-charities-effective-philanthropy

http://www.ourcommonearth.org/more-organizations.html

Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network

Youth-led Climate Advocacy Groups

Regional and National

The African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) formed in 2006 at UN Conference of Youth

Rise Up Movement for African youth, founded by Vanessa Nakate*

Climate Strike, Canada

Our Time, Canada

US

 Defend Our Future https://defendourfuture.org/our-values/

Energy Action Coalition https://actionnetwork.org/groups/energy-action-coalition

EARTHRISE, led by Earth Day Network President Kathleen Rogers.

Future Coalition national network https://futurecoalition.org/initiatives/

OneMillionOfUs was started by Jerome Foster in 2019 to unite climate change, gun violence, immigration reform, and gender and racial equality, with an emphasis on youth vote.

Our Children’s Trust public interest law firm https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/mission-statement

NextGen America founded by Tom Steyer in 2013 to involve youth in voting for pro-climate politicians

Power Shift Network includes 80+ member organizations that trained 30,000 young people.

Sunrise Movement, founded in 2015 by Varshini Prakash and Sara Blazevic, has over 500 hubs.

Re-Earth Initiative focused on educating people (reearthin.org

SustainUS teams advocate for justice and sustainability and train leaders, founded in 2001.

Uplift Climate empowers and unites young leaders to act for climate justice on the Colorado Plateau, formed in 2014.

Youth Climate Strike Coalition

Zero Hour was co-founded in 2017 by Jamie Margolin, Nadia Nazar* and others.

Global

Coalition WILD, formed in 2013 to train youth conservation leaders

Earth Guardians (over 60 countries, 300 crews, Colorado headquarters) https://www.earthguardians.org/see-the-impact

Earth Uprising Youth Council (includes 11 girls and 6 boys)

info@earthuprising.org

FFF International founded by Greta Thunberg in 2018 https://fridaysforfuture.org

Generation Waking Up https://www.generationwakingup.org/about Gen Y

International Indigenous Youth Council

International Youth Climate Movement

Kids for a Clean Environment (started by Melissa Poe in Tennessee in 1989, now more than 2,000 club chapters in 15 countries, planted over one million trees)

National Youth Climate Exchange

Polluters Out was launched after COP 25 in January 2020 to demand that UNFCCC divest from fossil fuel companies and respect indigenous sovereignty. https://pollutersout.org/demands

Re-Earth Initiative hosts international webinars and writing toolkits[i] (the team includes 9 young women and 3 young men)

Turning Green: students in 118 countries, aiming to empower leaders. https://turninggreen.org

Global Youth Climate Network organizes initiatives through the World Bank, including Youth Voice chapters and an annual Youth Summit since 2013. youthtoyouth@worldbank.org

Youth Climate Leaders: trains youth for careers in climate solutions in five countries. https://www.youthclimateleaders.org

UN’s YOUNGO (Youth Constituency of the UNFCCC) International Youth Climate Movement

 youngobottomliningteam@gmail.com Includes 200 youth-led NGOs.

UN’s Youth for Climate Action (published a guide for youth climate activists, with an emphasis on girls and young women[ii])

Other Girls and Young Women Climate Activists in the News

Africa: Leah Namugerwa, Uganda FFF and tree planter; Flavia Nakabuye, Uganda; Nisreen Elaim, Sudan, UN Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change; Ayakha Melithafa and Ndoni Mcunu, South Africa; Makenna Muigai, Kenya.

Australia: Milou Albrecht, co-founder of School Strike for Climate; Jean Hinchliffe, FFF

 Canada: Autumn Peltier, indigenous water protector

Europe: Holly Gillibrand, Scotland; Saoi O’Connor, Ireland, FFF; Anuna De Wever, Belgium, FFF; Luisa Neubauer, Germany, FFF; Penelope Lea, Norway; Greta Thunberg and Isabelle Axelsson, FFF, Sweden

India: Licypriya Kangujam, Karen Raymond

Latin America: Angela Valenzuela, Chile; Artemisia Xakriaba, indigenous activist in Brazil; Helena Gualinga, Ecuadorian Amazon

Lebanon: Julia Haddad

Thailand: Ralyn “Lilly” Satidtanasarn advocates against plastic use

US: Xiye Bastida, NYC, FFF, Peoples’ Climate Movement; Isra Hirsi, co-founder of US youth Climate Strike (which dissolved) and active in Minnesota Can’t Wait; Jamie Margolin, co-founder of Zero Hour with Nadia Nazar,* Madelaine Tew, Zanagee Artis; Alexandria Villasenor, Founder of Earth Uprising,[iii] Haven Coleman, co-founder of US Youth Climate Strike; Sophia Kianni, founder of Climate Cardinals; Kelsey Juliana, lead in the lawsuit against the US government; Isabella Fallahi, co-founder of Polluters Out coalition; Jayden Foytlin part of the 21 children suing the federal government; Tokata Iron Eyes, indigenous activist


[i] https://reearthin.org/ Twitter: re_earthorg Instagram/facebook: re.earthorg

[ii] https://www.ifrc.org/Global/Publications/youth/AYCEOs_climate-change_take-action-now_EN.pdf

[iii] https://www.earthday.org/14-year-old-alexandria-villasenor-has-been-striking-outside-un-headquarters-for-5-months-heres-why/

Parents’ Groups

Elders Climate Action

Extinction Rebellion Family Group

Our Kids’ Climate, founded in Sweden in 2015

Mothers Out Front

Parents for Future Global

Scientific Climate Organizations

UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Environmental Programme (UNEP), and World Meteorological Organization.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change

Scientists for Future

Union of Concerned Scientists


[i] https://roarmag.org/essays/progressive-international-summit/

Trump made toxic masculinity a joke

Is the future female, as Hillary Clinton predicted? Will this become the compassionate Sophia Century described by Lynne Twist?[i] One of the Trumpian lessons was he made toxic Alpha male masculinity a joke, mocked by teen girls on Tik-Tok who lip-synced like Sarah Silverman, by TV comedians, world leaders, the Dutch, etc.[ii]


[i] https://thesophiainstitute.org/sophia-circles/

[ii] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SajlAjjbM74 (teens)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCkWzr1o4EU (Sarah Silverman)

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/04/nato-summit-trudeau-macron-johnson-appear-to-joke-about-trump.html

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELD2AwFN9Nc&list=PL1V1RILYneyIJpUplU5MMlQTGhp_d5ycf (Netherlands)

Egyptian Teen Used Tik-Tok to Protest Rape

Egyptian Teen Seeks Justice in Rape Case, and a Battle Erupts Over Women’s Rights

A generation of young women in Egypt who have found their voice on social media are challenging the old rules that blamed women when they were attacked by men.

By Mona El-Naggar

  • Oct. 30, 2020

CAIRO — It was a party Aya Khamees has tried hard to forget.

One evening in May, the 18-year-old woman met up with a few friends, and a few of their friends, at a seedy hotel outside Cairo, not far from the majestic pyramids of Giza. They brought chicken and rice, beer and hash, and rented a few rooms to hang out, flouting Egypt’s strict social rules prohibiting unmarried men and women from mixing in private.

Around 1 a.m., a quarrel broke out. According to prosecutors, a young man, pretending to console Ms. Khamees, walked her into a room, held a razor to her face and raped her.

She went to a police station, battered and bruised, and was turned away, told to go to a different one. With no family to look to for support, she said she felt abandoned and alone.

So she turned to her virtual world. Looking directly into a phone, her eyes blackened, her face cut, she broadcast an account of her attack on TikTok, where she had hundreds of thousands of followers.“If the government is watching, I want them to get out and get me my rights,” she demanded.

The video went viral, and within days the police had rounded up the entire group — the accused rapist, the other party guests, and Ms. Khamees. She was charged with prostitution, drug use and a crime recently added to Egypt’s penal code: violation of family values.

Blaming the victim for a sex crime is not unusual in Egypt.

But as the video continued to garner views online, a hashtag campaign arose demanding justice, and her case became the subject of the TV news and talk shows. After a three-month probation, during which she was required to complete a rehabilitation program, the charges were dropped.

“At first the government wasn’t going to help me,” Ms. Khamees said in an interview. “But when people spoke up, when my story became a public case, things changed.”