07 June 2009

182 Days to Copenhagen - Courage is Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway: The Kingsnorth Six

Climate change activism is a study in courage these days. It takes guts to stand up for the children of all species and for all future generations if you're living in a culture that deifies now, me, and this quarter's profits, and that has no space in its heart for the rest of Nature.

So when I come across inspiring examples of ordinary citizens doing extraordinarily courageous things to raise the alarm on global warming and the climate change emergency, it would be selfish of me not to share them.

Here's an excerpt from one such story in the UK's Guardian, a tale of six people who risked death and jail terms to make a powerful point about coal-fired energy in England: Why Six Britons Went to Eco War.

"When six activists, protesting against climate pollution, scaled a tower at a coal-fired power station in 2007 the resulting court case drew support from the world's leading scientists. Their subsequent acquittal proved historic and changed government policy."

Reading the full story first (at the link above) before clicking to watch the video below will make your viewing richer and more meaningful. Be inspired!

(p.s. To muster up your courage in the face of deniers, skeptics and apathetics, just remember the children - and the precautionary approach.)

A Time Comes - the story of the Kingsnorth Six from Greenpeace UK on Vimeo

(If this version doesn't work for you, visit The Guardian.)

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