Our Principles

The following are the guiding principles of the Climate Disobedience Center.

We aim to... 

1. Use creative, nonviolent conflict at the point of injury that invokes moral clarity and unmasks the violence of the status quo.

2. Create a community of climate dissidents who are engaged as whole people, bonded by love and trust, who have each other’s backs in this risky work, and who recognize relationships will sustain us now and as the crisis deepens.

3. Nurture our own continuing development of body, mind and spirit in order to live fully in a time of climate crisis.

4. Tell the full truth about ourselves and our world to the best of our understanding.

5. Engage everyone, even our enemies and opponents, with openness, tolerance and humor.

6. Resist the historical oppressions of racism, patriarchy, classism, parochialism and nationalism with humility, vulnerability and courage.

7. Honor the inherent worth and dignity of every person by replacing the dehumanizing systems of our world with relationships of mutuality and respect.

8. Act for people, other species, wild places and the very web of life itself.

9. Grapple with the true questions of fairness, risk and equity confronting our society, with a focus on moral imagination rather than policy and political feasibility.

 

Updated October 15, 2017

 


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  • commented 2016-12-02 16:02:00 -0500
    It’s really true:“Use creative conflict to break up business-as-usual, forcing attention to the underlying, fatal conflict between global survival and blind adherence to fossil fuel powered mass consumption, and unrestrained economic growth.”
    #creative http://submission.scielo.br/index.php/aval/comment/view/56763/6077/63
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-10-09 21:11:25 -0400
    Our Principles. Check this out! We step beyond protests and marches - they have done their work of letting the world see the power of an engaged citizenry. Arise! Arise!
  • commented 2015-09-18 09:45:15 -0400
    This is great. Protesters are allowed inside BLM offices as long as they’re peaceful. But they can make life uncomfortable for the bureaucrats, right?
  • commented 2015-09-16 22:31:51 -0400
    This kind of non-violent but determined civil disobedience is what we need to stop the fossil fuel steam roller before irrevocable climate catastrophe. Dr. James E. Hansen and Eric Rignot and 15 other leading scientists warn us that the risk of runaway sea level rise of over several meters by 2100 cannot be ruled out. This is only 1 of dozens of ongoing, irreversible kinds of damage to our habitat from runaway global warming. I hope this group will highlight the ongoing damage to our habitat that the fossil fuel industries are the major culprits behind.
  • published this page in About 2015-09-14 16:01:11 -0400