Lack of Environment

A blog on the politics and psychology underlying the denial of all our environmental problems

We need a global power shift

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Yesterday, I received the email below from May Boeve at Bill McKibben’s 350.0rg. I have received others before and would love to get involved but, having investigated to see what they are looking for, was left with the distinct feeling that they are not looking for middle-aged, unemployed people with no network of physical connections in a geographic area…  Maybe, however, you are different?

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The links below have now been de-personalised. Therefore, if you clicked on them in the first hour after this post was originally published, you will need to do so again now – and thereby register in your own name (rather than as me – which at least one person has done).  – Thanks to Pendantry for alerting me to my error.



2012 was the year of Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon Bopha, and unprecedented droughts and wildfires the world over. Global food prices rose by 6% and we hit 333 consecutive months of above-average temperatures, as half the Arctic ice disappeared into the ocean.

In short, 2012 was the year of extreme weather and climate change. And that’s why 2013 must and will be year zero in our fight against it.

This will be the year we look back upon when everything changed — when we rose up to meet the challenge of climate change at the scale that it required, and the world rose with us.

Global Power Shift will be the starting point, and we’ll need all hands on deck. Are you in?

Already, we’ve begun to ramp up in a big way. The Fossil Free divestment campaign has rapidly spread to over 200 college campuses across the U.S. and we’re not stopping there. Soon, this divestment campaign will be in Canada, Europe, and beyond.

This June, 500-600 of the most capable and fired-up youth leaders from around the world will be meeting in Turkey to spark a Global Power Shift. The basic plan is this:

  1. They’ll train in grassroots and digital organizing, share their stories, and chart an aggressive strategy for the coming year
  2. Attendees will then return to their home countries in teams to organize mobilizations
  3. These national or regional events will be launchpads for new, highly-coordinated campaigns confronting the fossil fuel industry and promoting strategic solutions to climate change

And that’s just the beginning. From there, we will continue to grow bigger and gain steam until — town by town, and country by country — we come together to win the kind of planetary transformation that this climate crisis demands.

Pledge to shift the power:


May for the GPS Team

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  1. Heads-up: you may want to fix those two links. They both contain data that suggest that the visitor is you (ie I see “Signed, Martin Lack We still have your information from last time, just click below to sign. If this isn’t you, click here to log out.”). Unless you want others to add ‘personal comments’ in your name, I suggest replacing both links with this link instead.

    A word to the wise: it’s always a good idea to do a sanity check on links before publication.


    12 January 2013 at 13:34

    • Oh dear. Thanks for alerting me to my stupidity. This explains why I received an email from thanking me for registering.

      Martin Lack

      12 January 2013 at 14:03

      • Mr. P is quite a useful person to have around!

        Paul Handover

        12 January 2013 at 14:18

        • @Paul /blush thanks for the encouraging words.


          12 January 2013 at 14:22

        • Very much so, Paul. Now that I have corrected my stupid mistake, I hope that whoever it was that inadvertently signed me up for this an hour ago will come back and try again!

          Martin Lack

          12 January 2013 at 14:26

      • Wait, what? Are you suggesting that you didn’t mean to register?

        PS I shouldn’t worry about being stupid. You’re in company that is by tradition labelled as ‘good’…😉


        12 January 2013 at 14:20

        • I am already part of the Social Media team (hence I got the email in the first place). I did investigate signing-up (I could find the money to fly to Istanbul if necessary) but was put off by the fact that I can tick so few boxes on the application form.

          Martin Lack

          12 January 2013 at 14:29

  2. Martin, don’t sell yourself short! You know very well that the climate change issue requires every one of us, middle-aged or not, to get involved in trying to create a “global power shift” that will change the way we humans interact with our planet. While the young have tremendous energy, idealism and a natural optimism, which is why I love the work I do with them, older folks like you and me do have a lot to offer in terms of the wisdom and knowledge we’ve acquired via our life experiences. Keeping this blog is one important contribution you make to the search for solutions to our climate reality. I am sure it’s only the start….

    Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

    12 January 2013 at 14:06

    • Well said. Totally agree.

      Paul Handover

      12 January 2013 at 14:19

    • Thanks for the vote of confidence, Jennifer. “Go middle-aged unemployed people!”

      Martin Lack

      12 January 2013 at 14:23

      • Well, yes! That is a big and growing category of people in our age of outsourcing and automation. Ripe for organizing!
        Have you ever been to one of the Uncivilization meetings, Martin? Might be good for community-building in real rather than virtual space–

        Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez

        12 January 2013 at 15:05

  3. Reblogged this on SMIPP Ltd..

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    12 January 2013 at 18:26

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