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General Strike to Protest Global Warming

Global warming is no longer a future threat waiting on the horizon. Human
societies across the globe are already suffering as a result of climate change.
The very world as we know it is endangered. Each day, untold species go extinct
to never be seen again. Thousands of people go hungry because of crop failure
and drought wrought by climate change.
Jeffrey Free Luers - Prison Dispatch February 15, 2009

Massive wildfires consume Australia, fed by prolonged drought. Snow is falling
in the desert in Dubai. Bizarre weather patterns across the United States
causing floods. The climate is no longer just changing, it has changed. Average
global temperatures have risen year after year for over a decade. The
international consensus is that human-caused greenhouse gases are responsible
for global warming and that we must immediately reduce these gases if we have
any hope of stemming the rising temperatures.

Global warming is no longer a future threat waiting on the horizon. Human
societies across the globe are already suffering as a result of climate change.
The very world as we know it is endangered. Each day, untold species go extinct
to never be seen again. Thousands of people go hungry because of crop failure
and drought wrought by climate change.

Still, day after day we continue to pump greenhouse gases into the air, making
the problem worse. As a society we have completely disassociated our actions
with their consequences. We have become lemmings leaping from a cliff, our
smiles still firmly in place.

The bottom line is that we must change our lives. Not switch to greener fuels
or recycle more. These are good steps but in and of themselves are not
solutions. There is but one solution. We must stop releasing greenhouse gases
into the air. Period.

Sadly, few people comprehend the severity of the danger we are in. If more
people grasped the true peril of the situation, coal power plants would be shut
down and their CEO's likely drug out and hung.

Our world's top scientists, humanity's smartest people from across the
globe are screaming for us to stop emitting greenhouse gases. No one is
listening.

In fact, rather than create a paradigm shift, world leaders, including
so-called progressive politicians - like Obama - are pushing for
"clean" coal and nuclear power.

Hello. Coal can not, in any form, burn clean of carbon. Nuclear power creates
radioactive waste that lasts millions of years and can not be stored safely at
any location. The people of Hanford, Washington and those across the river in
Oregon have had to learn their lesson the hard way as the site continues to
leak radioactive waste from the former power plant and nuclear waste storage
site.

Other climate change solutions actually being considered include launching
mirrors into space, dumping iron into oceans, and spraying sulfites into the
sky in order to create unnatural cloud cover. (More ridiculously true and
dangerous suggestions may be viewed at "Techno-fixes report" at
 http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=3126)

All of these ideas are being put forward in an effort by wealthy nations, as
well as mega multinational corporations, to avoid the reality (and
responsibility) of the situation. We must fundamentally change our lifestyle.

Globalization of markets has failed us. One need only look at global warming
and the current economic crash for proof. Poor nations are still poor and
exploited, rich nations are still growing richer with more and more wealth
being consolidated in the hands of a few.

The world is a frightening place right now. Across the globe, dissent is being
crushed under the guise of suppressing terrorism. Here in the states,
activists are being rounded up and convicted of terrorism charges for actions
that injured no one. People are in prison for running website or giving
speeches.

But it isn't just oppression that is frightening. The arctic is melting, icon
species like the polar bear are threatened with extinction, the economy has
crashed leaving people across the globe hungry, homeless, and scared.

We need change. We need real solutions and real action and we need it now.

Our society rests on the cusp of catastrophe. We are riding a speeding ship
headed straight toward and iceberg (no doubt from some collapsed ice shelf). We
have two choices before us: sink with the ship or abandon it.

Global governments have been meeting for climate talks since Toronto in 1988.
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was created in 1990
to help facilitate these meetings. For twenty years those in power have been
aware of climate change, for twenty years they have ducked, dodged and avoided
the problem until it became the global threat it is today.

Twenty years of failure is unacceptable. Now these very same national
governments are twenty years later still trying to avoid taking responsibility
and enforcing the necessary changed to industry.

We need massive action on an international scale never before seen in human
history. We have the ability to create such a massive mobilization. In the past
we have achieved international days of action that have rocked the world. We
must go beyond those past days of international solidarity however. We must
reach for something never before achieved. We must shut the system down in its
entirety and force our governments and multinationals to listen and change.

We need an international global strike. For one day we must stop all work and
labor. We must shut down the factories, the ship yards, shut down
transportation. We must bring everything to a grinding halt. And demand
immediate action on climate change. Demand an immediate shift from fossil fuels
to alternative energies. Demand accountability from wealthy nations and help
for poorer ones.

It is an ambitious goal and a necessary one. We have to act ourselves. We have
to demand our governments take action. There is no time to leave the process to
governments that have already failed the world for twenty years!

In December 2009 world powers will again meet to discuss climate change and
global warming in Copenhagen, Denmark. The likely outcome will be yet another
unfair toothless agreement to reduce greenhouse emissions, much like Kyoto in
which, after much hype, actually led to increased worldwide emissions.

In December we must show the world governments that they are not in power
except by the grace of their citizens. We must remind world governments that
they exist solely at our discretion and to serve us, not line the pocketbooks
of the rich.

In December we must mobilize to shut the system down with a massive worldwide
general strike. Global warming is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced.
We must address the threat decisively and immediately. We must confront those
that would obstruct such actions overwhelmingly.

In December 2009 it is time for more than just international solidarity, more
than just pleading for change. It is time for a united front; it's time to
reclaim our power. It is time for a general strike.

-Jeffrey Free Luers

write to Jeff at:

Jeffrey Luers # 13797671
CRCI
9111 NE Sunderland Ave
Portland, OR 97211-1708

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