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We have reached a point where we can no longer wait for our elected officials and environmental advocacy groups to brings us back to a sane course. Our survival depends on the abilities of people to exemplify change in there own actions through playful symbolism and community dialogue.
George Bush's energy policies are extensions of the US's history of poor policies. We have reached a point where we can no longer wait for our elected officials and environmental advocacy groups to brings us back to a sane course. Our survival depends on the abilities of people to exemplify change in there own actions through playful symbolism and community dialogue.

Many people all over the world have been planning a voluntary rolling blackout on the first day of summer, June 21 at 7pm - 10pm in any time zone (this will roll it across the planet).

Turn out your lights from 7pm-10pm on June 21. Unplug whatever you can unplug in your house or turn off the main breaker. Light candles, build a fire in the back yard or street corner, or enjoy the dark. Spend time with your friends, family, and loved-ones. Maybe you could hold a huge potluck and cook over the fire! Examine your electrical bills, trace where your energy comes from, and talk about alternatives to the electric technologies on which we have come to depend. Tell stories, learn your family history, play games, take a stroll in the dark, or learn a little astronomy - this could be a real opportunity to have fun!

Tell as many people as you can think of to participate and let your elected officials know how you feel about current policy. Let them know we want global education, participation and funding in conservation, efficiency and alternative fuel efforts -- and an end to over-exploitation and misuse of the earth's resources.
huh? 30.May.2001 14:14

Josh

Not to be a spoil-sport, but I would think it would be MORE effective for everyone to get as many appliances as they can and plug them all in and crank them all up to sap as much electricity as they can, potentially (though unlikey) causing a black out. THAT would make news and draw attention to the issue, the real issue being that we Americans consume too much electricity (and thus "need" to drill to get the extra energy).

Either that or break into utility buildings and shut the power off of as many grids as you can (though not in areas with hospitals and elderly care facilities) -- again, illustrating how sickeningly dependant we are on electricity.

But turning all your lights off . . . that's what Bush reccomended in a speech (doing simple things like turning lights off when you leave a room). Isn't this just an extension of that, thereby validating his overly-simplistic views?

You've managed to create the perfect feel-good, "liberal", middle-class activist non-happening. A day when the more energy you use (and thereby the more money you have), the more influence you have (like every other day). A day which, by definition, is insulting to the millions of people worldwide who are too poor or marginalized to be considered 'large electricity consumers.'

Fight fire with fire. The actions of the government to resolve this power crisis have been extreme (drilling, etc.), so we need to be equally extreme. Sitting around a campfire singing "kume bye yah" will solve nothing, and to think that it does only perpetuates the constipated idea of activism without the "active".


Fuck that! 30.May.2001 14:54

Josh

The geniuses that came up with this insipid idea have managed to create the perfect feel-good, liberal, middle-class activist non-happening. A day when the more electricity you use (and thus the more money you have), the more influence you have (like every other day). A day which, by definition, is insulting to the millions of people worldwide who are too poor or marginalized to be considered 'electricity consumers.'

Better would be to plug in EVERY appliance you own (and steal some you don't), turn everything on, crank the electicity up, and cause overcomsumption-produced blackouts. Break into stores and turn all their lights and appliances on. Break into power companies and shut their grids off (being careful not to turn off neighborhoods with hospitals or elderly care facilities).

Bring attention to the problem by doing something -- not by NOT doing something. That's pointless, and exactly what GW and his croonies have already stated in their overly-simplistic rhetoric ("Turn off the lights when you're not in the room").