How long will prejudice blind the visions of men, darken their understanding, and drive bright-eyed wisdom from her sacred throne?
Martin Luther King, Jr. asked this on March 25, 1965 during his address following the Selma to Montgomery march. I suspect many of you have posed some version of this question as far back as memory serves, but our asking grows more insistent under the current US administration’s empowerment of white supremacy and disregard for peace, justice, and sustainability.
The answer “a loooooong time” doesn’t sit particularly well, so let’s focus on how we can speed toward peaceful resolution. My Twitter friend Cedar Riener, a psychological scientist and professor at Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, recently devised a five-piece framework for activism of which I’m very fond. Cedar’s framework features a mode of living wherein one seeks to maximize moments that fall into one of the following five bins:
· To understand
· To inspire
· To give
· To laugh
· To do
This is an essential mix of moments that leaves room for self-care and is appropriately tolerant of passivity. The preamble to The Earth Charter reminds us that we stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, and I hope you will join me in moving forward rather than standing still.
Upcoming opportunities for action:
Our youth-led Climate Recovery Resolution has its first hearing before the City-County Council, this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the City County Building, 200 E. Washington Street. Our youth will be testifying before the Public Works Committee, with the goal of this committee recommending the Resolution move forward to the larger City-County Council. See this link for more.
Our friends from Hoosier Environmental Council are teaming up with our friends from Carmel Green Initiative to stage a Sustainable Living Seminar with a focus on climate change, Feb. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Carmel Clay Public Library. Go here for more info.
On Monday, Feb. 20, President's Day, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., our friends from the Indiana Forest Alliance, will stage a rally at the Statehouse, South Atrium, in support of our Indiana forests. See this link for more.