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.