The Rising Tide Spring Roadshow is coming together-and we need your help!
United continental action is urgently needed to stop the global climate catastrophe that is already underway. As you read this, a team of international climate activists is organizing a cutting-edge traveling multi-media tour to network communities across the continent and the planet in defense of the Earth’s climate-and we urgently need your help!
This Spring, Rising Tide North America (RTNA) will carry the global struggle for climate justice to the belly of the beast, connecting the nodes between the overarching crisis of climate change, ecosystem destruction, and the grassroots struggles of communities resisting the fossil fuel industry’s assault on their land, lives, and culture.
Your generous support can help us mobilize a mass movement that will challenge to its very foundation the current domination of this fossil-fuel-based, Earth-destroying, corporate capitalism that is the driving force behind human-caused climate change. Every donation helps!!
Through partnering with local environmental and climate justice organizations in each region, we seek to amplify the voices of those most affected by climate change and the fossil fuel industry, boosting support for these revolutionary movements on the local level and creating a culture of solidarity across lines of race, class, and gender, while serving as a voice for the ecosystems and wildlife of the planet.
The Spring Roadshow will take a popular education approach to organizing and agitating for climate justice, employing art, music, theatre, science, story-telling, bike culture, video, and more to foment life-affirming resistance. We will travel the continent in a bus powered by recycled veggie oil, bringing the struggle for justice and sustainability to community centers and college campuses around the continent.
In addition to offering a “main event,Ã¯Â¿Â½? the RTNA Roadshow is available for longer tour stops of up to several days to conduct more in-depth workshops on direct action, anti-oppression, strategic campaigning, and the consensus decision-making process. Other trainings may be available depending on the tour date and location, and each community’s specific ideas or needs.
Consumer capitalism and the climate-disrupting fossil-fuel industries that power it are committing ecocide and genocide on a level unprecedented in human history, destroying not only entire ecosystems, species, cultures, mountains, and rivers, but the very life-support systems of the planet.
The question before us is: what are we going to do about it? The possibilities for action are infinite and as diverse as all our combined ideas and desires. Two mutually-beneficial strategies that we will highlight on the roadshow are: sparking and supporting local struggles against fossil- fuel infrastructure, and building real, sustainable alternatives that foster community and decrease our dependence on the industries and institutions that are currently destroying the planet.
We define “climate-relatedÃ¯Â¿Â½? in a broad sense. Work related to food sovereignty, preserving and restoring ecosystems, indigenous rights, mining & clearcutting, urban sprawl, power plants, environmental justice, bicycle-centered communities, and energy production/consumption are all important strands of the climate web. We also recognize that climate chaos can only be addressed by exposing the intersections between the oppression of humans and that of the Earth and other species. Those hardest hit by climate-induced natural disasters have been and will continue to be those most disenfranchised by our society and least responsible for the emission of greenhouse gases: the Indigenous, poor, women, people of color-and all other species on Earth. RTNA is committed to challenging ALL forms of oppression in our organizing.
The Roadshow participants are well-networked, experianced activists with a variety of skills and talents who form a tight, focused, mature, and productive collective. We are artists, writers, scientists, performers, musicians, mechanics (vehicular and bicycle), farmers, organizers, strategists, videographers/producers, teachers, networkers, activists, and visionaries.
CLIMATE CONVERGANCE SUMMER 07
Later in the Summer of 2007 the networking and alliance-building accomplished during the Roadshow will manifest itself in a convergence of groups and people committed to tackling the root causes of climate change and the heinous environmental injustices it engenders. This convergence will cement the strategizing already underway to take on headlong the root causes (as well as the impacts) of climate change.
So we are humbly and sincerely requesting your financial and/or logistical/infrastructural support for this Roadshow effort. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and please consider supporting us.
Rising Tide North America