Care-of-the-Environment Activists Ending All Oppression

A group of international RC care-of-the-environment leaders met on Skype. I asked them to answer a question that could be useful for any group. The question goes like this: If we are going to end all oppression, then what can be the role of ______ (in this case, care-of-the-environment activists)?

Here is a summary of people’s answers:

Care-of-the-environment activists can play a huge role in ending all oppression. Their minds are already open to change. They are not sleeping, not living in their own little bubble. They see capitalism clearly. They are good at getting the attention of large groups of people. They are passionate. Their role is like that of the canary in the coal mine*—they are keeping an eye on things all the time.

We can support them to

  • discharge and get access to RC tools;
  • communicate without urgency or pressure;
  • not do it alone;
  • build relationships, especially with People of the Global Majority;
  • engage more people;
  • have fun, be creative, enjoy what they are doing.

Wytske Visser

Former International Commonality Reference Person for the Care of the Environment

Fryslân, the Netherlands

Reprinted from the RC e-mail discussion list for leaders in the care of the environment

(Present Time 193, October 2018)

*Miners used to carry caged canaries down into the mine tunnels with them. If dangerous gases had collected in the mine, the gases would kill the canaries, warning the miners to exit the tunnels immediately.

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