環境意識を高めるステッカーを周りにつけてみましょう

環境意識を高めるためのステッカーを韓国で使っています。

環境 ステッカー を韓国であちこちつけています。「プラスチック? 1%」

ゴミ箱に「汚いエネルギー」と「きれいなエネルギー」の ステッカー を付けました。

日本でもつかいましょうか。

入反灭绝抗争团

rebellion.earth

我们面临着怎样的物种灭绝危机?

我们都知道,现在我们的文化、经济,乃至环境存在着严重的问题。温室气体排放量与日俱增,自然环境也在遭受破坏。在这些不良因素的作用下,地球正在经历灾难性改变,其结果,很可能是大部分物种——甚至全部物种——遭受灭顶之灾。现在气温年年增高,干旱与洪灾轮番肆虐,然而环顾四周,我们只能看到默不作声、罔顾事实、无所作为的人群。

政客只顾从自己的利益出发,信口胡言;媒体受到企业财团的贿赂,弄虚作假。与之形成鲜明对比的是,2018年十月,政府间气候变化专门委员会(IPCC)于2018年10月发布报告,明确指出,在我们以及我们子孙后代的有生之年,农业生产将陷入困境,海水会升温、酸化、吞没我们的海岸线,鱼类也将灭绝;届时没有变为泽国的土地也会转为荒漠。科学家已针对其他星球的类似转变开展了系统研究,目前的研究结果表明,上述预测并非杞人忧天。

全球平均气温极有可能在2100年,甚至2100年之前,上升4摄氏度;在三十到五十年内,地球上的大片区域将变得不可居住。其实全世界大部分地区的气温上升幅度将远远超过4度。

“气候变化”一词不过是比较委婉的说法。在我们眼前的,是气候灾难,是地球史上规模最大的灭绝事件;这场危机正在愈演愈烈。我们需要即刻彻底转变生活方式和我们的社会价值观,需要构建全新的文明,需要重拾谦逊、简朴等美德——在对消费文化、经济增长与批量生产盲目迷信的同时,我们已经将这些美德抛诸脑后。我们要从不必消耗能源的事物中发掘出价值。

然而报纸、政府,甚至我们的亲友,都对这场人类历史上最大的危机闭口不言。20世纪90年代,气候灾变的警钟便已敲响,而我们一直在做的,却是为它扇风助燃。

这场危机由何导致?

二氧化碳以及工厂、车辆和产业化农场排放的有毒有害气体正在迅速改变大气层的成分;将我们与太空隔离开来的,正是纤薄脆弱的地球大气层。同时,雨林与森林也在遭受严重破坏,而树木等植物是氧气的来源之一,因此绿树的大量减少也会对大气造成影响。我们拥有一切能够借以扭转乾坤的工具与手段,可惜无法转变自己的思想、调整自己的生活习惯。

我们的文化已经病入膏肓。我们将消费与浪费奉为理想,将短期获利视为成功的标志。我们不惜大量消耗能源,以车代步、打造豪宅,利用集装箱船从世界各地进口商品,却无视自己对环境造成的灾难性破坏。我们所制定的政策都反映着这样的观念:浪费食物、砍伐森林、消耗煤炭石油、毒害生态系统对促进经济发展大有益处。

我们每买一个汉堡,都是在加速地球母亲的衰老;我们扔掉的每一个一次性塑料杯,都是注入海洋的原油。我们正在向灭绝的深渊梦游,而大部分人却不愿意醒来,睁眼看看现实。

我们身边的动植物正在因为人类的恶行而大批大批地灭亡,若是坐视不理,我们也将步它们的后尘。我们乐于使用造污严重的印度、泰国工厂生产出来的廉价商品;我们不愿意接受这一科学真相:哪怕让外国工厂代工,它们所产生的污染一样会对气候造成严重影响。以前,我们有生机勃勃的生态系统相依作伴,有取之不尽的自然资源可以享用,然而这一切已经被我们的贪婪和短视毁灭殆尽。我们为后代留下的,只有一个苟延残喘的地球。

不能再这样了!从我们与自然之间的关系,到衡量成功的标准,再到我们获取信息的方式,无一不需改良变革。

何为反灭绝抗争团?

反灭绝抗争团是致力于为子孙后代拯救地球的国际性组织,主张人们应当立即停止掠夺自然资源、避免使用矿物燃料,不要等待五年,拖到下次大选再采取行动。我们已在全球范围内建立起不诉诸于暴力、结合当地情况的行动网络,努力采用行之有效的策略对威胁各物种生存的经济、生产、农业及交通系统施加干预。我们呼吁全体地球公民对眼前的危机有所察觉,呼吁各地政府为我们的孩子、为各个濒临灭绝的物种采取大胆措施,拯救我们的地球。

我们需要政府、学校、研究机构和媒体披露关于气候灾变的真相,需要民众马上开展变革,创立不必使用矿物燃料的经济体系。

我们的全球性行动会与各地情况相结合,在其本质上是参与式的。我们需要彻底变革我们所处的文化环境,极力避免受大企业资助的智库、非政府组织、研究机构以及一心寻求企业赞助的政客干扰。

反灭绝抗争团通过抗议活动来使腐败体制陷入停摆。我们偶尔需要采用阻碍交通、“躺尸抗议”等违法手段,但这只是因为现行政策的拟定过程将民众参与排除在外,缺少道德与公义方面的考虑。动员群众开展活动是促使其发生彻底变革的唯一途径。

在全世界的反灭绝抗争中,您将找到志同道合的伙伴,得到强大的精神动力,并且通过抗议活动来践行仁爱道德。我们正在为建立不使用化石燃料的经济系统而努力,人人都可以是其中的一份子。

消费型经济体系目前已经走向极端,它维护的,并不是人类的未来,而是各大企业下个季度的收益。倘若现状让您痛心疾首,那么请加入我们,感受生活的目的和意义。在灭绝危机即将降临之际,在这场为拯救人类、拯救宝贵地球上的所有生灵而发动的斗争中,各位都会起到举足轻重的作用。马上加入我们吧!

如何加入当地的反灭绝抗争团

如果您和您的朋友立志拯救地球,请加入当地的反灭绝抗争团,积极参与行动。反灭绝抗争是结合当地情况、参与性的活动。只要您能够接受我们的目标、主张和原则(英文版相关资料请见https://xrebellion.org/),我们就欢迎您来贡献自己的力量。

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멸종저항’ Extinction Rebellion Korea 에 환영 합니다

‘멸종저항’ Extinction Rebellion Korea 에 환영 합니다

rebellion.earth

멸종 위기란 무엇입니까?지금 우리는 문화와 경제, 그리고 무엇보다도 환경을 위협하는 매우 끔찍하고 우려스러운 일들이 시시각각 일어나고 있음을 잘 알고 있습니다. 자연 환경의 파괴와 더불어 온실 가스 배출량이 증가함에 따라 지구 곳곳에서는 재앙적인 변화가 일어나고 있습니다. 또한 그로 인해 대부분의 지역이 사람들이 거주할 수 없는 상태로 변해가고 있으며 아마도 그리 멀지 않은 장래에 지구의 모든 곳이 그렇게 될 것입니다. 매년 지구 표면의 온도는 점점 상승하고 있으며, 물 부족으로 인해 우리가 직면하고 있는 가뭄은 아이러니하게도 때로는 파괴적인 폭풍우에 의해 해소되기도 합니다. 그러나 우리는 이와 같은 기후변화와 환경파괴에 대해서 단지 침묵과 부정으로 일관하고 있으며 아무런 행동을 하고 있지 않습니다.

정부 간 기후변화 협의체(IPCC: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)는 과학적 연구를 기반으로 하여 정치인들의 이기적 발언이나 기업의 자금 지원을 받는 언론매체의 망상과는 전혀 반대되는 내용의 보고서를 2018년 10월에 발표했습니다. 이 보고서에서는 우리가 살아가는 동안, 혹은 우리 아이들이 살아가는 후대에는 분명히 어떤 식으로든 농업은 붕괴할 것이며 해수면의 온도는 점점 상승하여 산성화되어 가고 그로 인한 홍수의 발생과 물고기는 멸종하게 될 수도 있음을 자세히 설명하고 있습니다. 그리고 해수면 상승으로 인한 홍수가 발생하지 않는 땅은 사막이 될 것입니다. 지금까지 과학자들이 다른 행성에서 일어나는 변화들을 연구한 결과를 토대로 하여 내놓은 예측들이 하나도 틀리지 않는, 너무나도 명백한 사실임이 하나 둘씩 입증되고 있습니다.

2100년까지 지구의 평균 기온은 현재보다 섭씨 4도 정도 상승할 가능성이 높고, 그보다 이른 향후 3~50 년 내에 세계의 많은 곳이 인간이 거주할 수 없게 될 것으로 우리는 보고 있습니다. 세계의 많은 지역에서 기온이 4도 이상 올라갈 것입니다.

기후변화는 완곡하게 표현한 용어입니다. 그것은 기후대재앙이나 기후 아마겟돈으로 불러야 마땅합니다. 지금 일어나고 있는 일들은 지구 역사상 최대 규모의 멸종을 가져올 것이며 상황은 점점 악화되고 있습니다.

우리는 삶의 방식과 우리 사회의 우선적 가치를 설정하고 받아들이는 방식을 근본적으로 바꾸어야 합니다. 우리에게는 새로운 문명이 필요합니다. 그동안 소비와 성장, 그리고 생산에 대한 맹목적 숭배로 인해 등한시되어 왔던 겸손과 검소함을 최고의 가치로써 받아들여야 합니다. 우리는 에너지를 소비하지 않는 것에 가치를 두어야 합니다.

그러나 언론과 정부, 우리의 친구 및 가족들은 인류에게 닥친 최대 위기에 대해서 논의하기를 거부하고 있습니다. 1990년대 이후의 기후변화에 따른 재앙이 도래할 수 있다는 많은 경고의 신호들이 있었지만 그동안 우리의 대응은 아무것도 하지 않은 것보다도 훨씬 못한 것들이었습니다.

이제 우리에게 남은 시간이 별로 없습니다.

위기의 원인은 무엇입니까?

공장과 자동차, 산업화된 농장에서 배출되는 이산화탄소를 비롯한 기타 위험한 가스들로 인해 우주 공간에서 우리를 보호하고 있는 얇고 부서지기 쉬운 대기의 구성이 급격하게 변하고 있습니다. 산소 생산에 도움이 되는 나무와 그 밖의 식물들로 가득한 정글과 숲들이 파괴됨에 따라 향후 대기의 구성인자가 변화함에 따라 대규모의 멸종을 촉발시킬 것입니다. 이런 상황에 대응하고, 또한 이를 바꿀 수 있는 도구들이 우리에게 있지만 우리는 소비 중심적 사고를 지향하는 잘못된 사고방식을 버리지 않고 있습니다.

우리는 단기간 내의 성장을 성공의 척도로 삼으려 하고, 자동차를 운전할 때 발생되는 배기가스가 환경에 미치는 파괴적인 영향을 무시하고 있습니다. 또한 에너지 소비효율이 현저히 떨어지는 큰 집에서 살면서 전 세계 곳곳으로부터 가공된 제품을 수입하는 등 소비와 낭비를 이상적 생활이라 떠받드는 병든 문화 속에서 살고 있습니다.

우리의 이와 같은 사고와 행동은 결과적으로 우리들 주변에 있는 엄청난 규모의 동물과 식물들을 멸종의 길로 이끌 것이고, 만약 그것들을 그냥 방치해 버릴 경우 하나의 종(種)으로서 살아남지는 못할 것입니다.

우리가 햄버거를 먹을 때마다 어머니와 같은 존재인 지구는 독성으로 오염되어 갑니다. 우리가 플라스틱 컵을 버릴 때마다 원유를 바다에 쏟아 붇는 것과 같은 결과를 초래합니다. 우리는 우리 자신의 파괴를 향해 몽유병 환자처럼 나아가고 있으며, 안타깝게도 대부분의 사람들은 깨어나기를 거부하고 있습니다.

우리는 식량을 낭비하고 산림을 파괴하며 생태계를 오염시키는 석유와 석탄의 소비가 성장에 긍정적 영향을 미친다는 가정 하에 정책을 수립하고 있습니다.

우리는 멀리 떨어진 인도나 태국의 환경을 오염시키는 공장에서 만들어진 값싼 제품을 즐겨 사용하고 있습니다. 우리는 환경오염이 우리의 기후를 파괴한다는 과학적 진실에 귀를 기울이려 하지 않습니다. 우리는 활기찬 생태계와 풍요로운 자연과 자원이 있는 축복받은 지구를 물려받았습니다. 그러나 우리는 탐욕과 예지력 부족, 생각 없는 소비의 유혹으로 인해 미래의 세대에게 물려줄 지구를 상처입고 죽어가는 지구로 만들고 이를 방치하고 있으며, 스스로가 활기 가득한 생태계를 파괴하는데 앞장서 왔습니다.

이제는 자연과의 관계, 성공을 측정하는 기준, 정보를 얻는 방식 등 모든 것이 바뀌어야 합니다!

XR(Extinction Rebellion)이란 무엇입니까?

‘멸종저항'(XR: Extinction Rebellion)’ 은 미래 세대를 위해 지금 당장 천연 자원의 개발과 화석 연료의 연소를 중단함으로써 지구를 구하기 위해 헌신하는 국제기구입니다. 우리는 지구 곳곳에서 비폭력적이고 분권화된 운동을 구축해왔으며 생명을 위협하는 위험한 금융, 제조, 농업 및 운송 시스템을 파괴하기 위해 검증된 전술을 사용합니다. 우리는 전 세계 모든 시민들이 위험을 인식하고 모든 정부들이 우리 아이들과 멸종 위기에 처한 다른 종들을 위해 지구를 구할 대담한 조치를 취할 것을 요구합니다.

우리는 정부, 학교, 연구 기관 및 언론이 기후 재앙에 관해 진실을 말하고 당장 화석 연료가 없는 경제를 창출할 수 있도록 시민들이 혁명적인 조치를 취할 것을 촉구합니다.

우리가 세계 곳곳에서 벌이고 있는 운동은 현지 사정에 맞추어져 있으며 실제로 사람들의 참여를 통해 이루어지고 있습니다. 문병의 근본적 변화를 위한 우리의 요구는 기업으로부터 자금 지원을 받는 싱크탱크, NGO, 연구 기관이나 기업을 통한 자금 조달에 익숙한 정치인들은 할 수 없는 것들입니다.

XR은 이와 같은 부패한 체제에 항의하기 위한 수단으로 시위와 같은 수단을 사용하기도 합니다. 때로는 그 과정에서 교통 흐름을 방해하거나 아스팔트 위에 드러눕는 등 어쩔 수 없이 법을 어겨야만 하는 상황도 발생합니다. 그러나 우리가 그렇게 하는 이유는 현재 시행되는 정책들이 근본적으로 비윤리적이고 범죄적이며 정책 입안 과정에서 시민들의 참여가 근본적으로 막혀 있기 때문입니다. 근본적인 변화를 촉진하는 유일한 방법은 대중을 동원하는 것입니다.

XR 커뮤니티는 지구적 차원에서 구성원들 간에 서로를 지원하고 영적인 힘과 함께 이러한 시위를 통해 도덕적 행동에 헌신할 기회를 제공하고 있습니다. 우리는 모든 이들이 참여할 수 있는 화석 연료 없는 (FFF: fossil-fuel free) 경제를 구축하고자 합니다.

기업의 다음 분기별 수익을 초과하는 미래가 없는 이 극단적인 소비 경제를 혐오하신다면 우리 운동에 참여하셔서 삶의 목적을 느껴보시기 바랍니다.

지역 XR 커뮤니티 가입 방법

여러분이나 여러분의 친구가 지구를 구하기를 원하신다면 지역 XR그룹에 가입하여 참여하실 것을 권해드립니다.

XR은 분산되어 있으며 구성원들의 참여에 기반하고 있습니다. 여러분이 웹사이트 (https://xrebellion.org/)에 영어로 나와 있는 XR의 목표, 성명 및 원칙에 동의하신다면 우리는 언제든지 여러분의 참여를 환영합니다.

관심이 있으신 분은 이만열 (임마누엘 페스트라이쉬) (epastreich@asia-institute.org 010 3444 1598)에게 연락하시거나 XR의 페이스북 그룹(https://www.facebook.com/groups/400532967452231/)에 참여하시기 바랍니다.

XR 창립자 인터뷰 참조

1. 멸종저항(Extinction Rebellion) 창립자 로저 할람과의 인터뷰

여러분 모두는 우리가 인류의 미래를 위해 전 지구적 차원에서 벌이고 있는 투쟁을 통해 지키고자 하는 지구의 다른 종 못지않게 중요합니다. 당장 우리와 함께 하십시오!

Interviews with protesters at Extinction Rebellion gathering in Gwanghwamun, Seoul

Kislay Kumar was so good at to interview members of the Extinction Rebellion, Seoul Animal Save and Asia Institute protest about climate change today in Gwanghwamon Square.

Please do watch:

Video on Extinction Rebellion in Korea event. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd4rzOME7kw&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3l_YyKanP4R-ysKKTKxa0cMs-MUaRFHiKiv_i4hMe5joPuE8cDJywIGDM

Video on Extinction Rebellion protest in Korea part 1

Additional interviews

Protest against climate change inaction and meat consumption

May 12, 2019

Today was the fourth protest in Gwanghwamun against the inaction of Korea regarding climate change and the destructive practice of meat-eating in Korea. For three hours around 30 people engaged in marches, speeches and other protests, while engaging ordinary citizens in a discussion about the catastrophe of climate change.

The event was hosted by Seoul Animal Save, Extinction Rebellion and Asia Institute.

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What is the extinction crisis

We all know something is terribly wrong in our culture, in our economy and above all in our environment. Increasing emissions of greenhouse gases, combined with the destruction of the natural environment, is causing a catastrophic transformation of the Earth that will render it uninhabitable for most, perhaps for all. Already, weather gets hotter every year and we face droughts punctuated by destructive storms. Yet around us we see only silence, denial and inaction.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report in October 2018 based on scientific research, as opposed to the self-interested speeches of politicians or the delusions of a corporate-funded media. The report detailed how, within our lifetimes (certainly within our children’s lifetimes) agriculture will fail and the oceans will warm, acidify and rise to flood our coasts while fish go extinct. The land that is not flooded by rising seas on the coast will become deserts. Scientists have studied the transformation of other planets and the predictions that they have made so far have proven to be all too true.

We are looking at the distinct possibility of a rise in temperature of 4 degrees Celsius by 2100, probably earlier, and much of the world will uninhabitable within the next 30-50 years. The temperature will rise much more than 4 degrees for most of the world.  

Climate change is a polite term. It is a climate catastrophe. It is the greatest extinction in the history of the Earth, and it is getting worse. We need to transform radically how we live and how we conceive of value in our society. We need a new civilization and we need to embrace the values of modesty and frugality that we have been taught to discard because of the worship of consumption, growth and production. We must find value in things that do not consume energy.

Yet the newspapers, the government, our friends and family, refuse to discuss the largest crisis in human history. The warning signs of climate catastrophe were there from the 1990s but we have done worse than nothing.

What is the cause?

The emissions of carbon dioxide, and other dangerous gases from factories, automobiles and industrial farms is rapidly altering the composition of the thin and brittle atmosphere that protects us from space. The destruction of jungles and forests whose trees and other plants help to produce oxygen is triggering mass extinctions that alter the atmosphere further.  We have all the tools we need to respond to turn things around, but we are incapable of changing our thinking, or altering our habits.

We live in a sick culture that holds up consumption and waste as ideals, that makes short-term growth the measure of success and that ignores the devastating impact on the environment of driving automobiles, living in large homes that gobble up energy, and importing products from around the world in petroleum-powered container ships. We make policies with the assumption that wasting food, destroying forests, consuming petroleum and coal that poisons the ecosystem, is a positive for growth.

Every time we eat a hamburger, we are poisoning our mother the Earth. Every time we throw away a plastic cup, it is like pouring crude oil into the ocean. We are sleepwalking our way towards our destruction and most refuse to awaken, to open our eyes.

As a result of our actions animals and plants around us are going extinct on a massive scale and if we let them go, we will not survive as a species either. We are happy to use cheap products made in polluting factories far away in India or in Thailand. We don’t want to hear the scientific truth that the pollution there destroys our climate just as much as it would if produced at home. We were blessed with an Earth powered by vibrant ecosystems and abundant natural resources. But our greed and our lack of foresight has led us to destroy those ecosystems, leaving a dying Earth for future generations.

Everything must change! From our relationship to nature, to the standards by which we calculate success, to the manner in which we get information.

What is XR (Extinction Rebellion)?

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is an international organization dedicated to saving the Earth for future generations by stopping the exploitation of natural resources and the burning of fossil fuels right now—not in five years, not after the next election. We have built a non-violent, decentralized, movement across the Earth and we are using proven tactics to disrupt the dangerous financial, manufacturing, agricultural and transportation systems that threaten life. We call for all citizens of the Earth to be aware of the danger and for all governments to take the bold steps to save our Earth for our children and for the other species facing extinction.   

We demand that governments, schools, research institutes and the media tell the truth about climate catastrophe and that citizens take revolutionary steps to create a fossil-fuel free economy immediately.  

Our global movement is localized, and is participatory in nature. The demands we make for a fundamental change in our civilization cannot be made by corporate-funded think tanks, NGOs and research institutes, or politicians accustomed to seeking out corporate funding.

XR uses protests to bring this corrupt system to a standstill. We must on occasion break the laws in that process (blocking traffic or staging die-ins). But we do so only because the policies in place are so fundamentally immoral and criminal and because the policy formulation process is blocked off from participation by citizens.  Mass mobilization is the only way to spur fundamental change.

The Earth-wide XR community offers mutual support, provides spiritual power, and gives you a chance to make a commitment to moral action through these protests. We are building a FFF (fossil-fuel free) economy of which everyone can all be a part.

If you are disgusted by extremes of this consumption economy, wherein there is no future beyond the next quarterly earnings for corporations, we offer you a place in our movement, and a sense of purpose in life. You are as important as anyone else in our global struggle to save humanity, and the other species of our precious Earth from the threat of extinction.  Join us today!

How to join your local XR community

If you, or your friends, want to save our Earth, we invite you to join the local XR group and get involved. XR is decentralized and participatory. We welcome your contribution as long as you operate within the parameters of the XR’s goals, its statements and its principles (available online in English https://xrebellion.org/).

If you are interested, just contact Emanuel Pastreich 이만열 (임마누엘 페스트라이쉬) (epastreich@asia-institute.org 010 3444 1598), or join our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/400532967452231/

멸종저항(Extinction Rebellion) 창립자 로저 할람과의 인터뷰 http://thetomorrow.kr/archives/9746

Climate change and “people with bullets in them”

I was shocked to see these articles out there saying that loss of biodiversity is as serious as climate change. Sounds like classic effort to stir up trouble by dividing people.
These are the same thing!
The core problem is not “climate change” or “biodiversity” in themselves. To say that is to suggest it is a problem that suddenly came down from heaven like a snowstorm. Rather the core problem is the fossil fuel banking advertising military free trade industrial complex that has taken over our society while we were watching Youtube, or pornography or playing video games. Behind the complext lurks the sick ideology of consumption and the cult of the self behind that. The essential threat is not some “climate change” out there. To just talk about climate change is like…..It is as if you had a serial killer murdering people left and right and you responded by crying out, “we have a crisis of people with bullets in them lying on the ground everywhere!”

Emanuel Pastreich May 7, 2019

Extinction Rebellion, Asia Institute and Vegans of Animal Care join up for climate change protest

May 5, 2019

Today Extinction Rebellion, the global network that is leading the drive for an immediate response to climate change, joined up with Asia Institute and Vegans of Animal Care for a two hour protest against the dangerous inaction in Korea regarding climate change that threatens billions of lives. The group of 12 people included a number of young people who are members of the Vegans of Korea.

“How to put an end to America’s peculiar institution of death: fossil fuels” The Korea Times

The Korea Times

“How to put an end to America’s peculiar institution of death: fossil fuels”

April 27, 2019

Emanuel Pastreich (with Jonathan Mintram)

One senses palpable excitement among progressives in the United States now that a group of Democrats, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is pressing for a “Green New Deal” that will “transform” the economy and lead the country and the Earth in an environmentally sound direction.

Their ideas are certainly better than the full-throttle push for fossil fuels of the Trump administration, or the fracking rampage of the Obama administration. But if we assess the economic and security issues for the U.S. today in a scientific manner, we must come to the distasteful conclusion that this “Green New Deal” has been overinflated and is sadly insufficient for the task at hand. 

Of course, the progressive media have highlighted for educated upper-middle class readers the corruption of politics and of media by big oil, but it has not even started to scratch the surface of the twisted economic system we live in that forces us to use plastic, gasoline or coal at every turn in our daily lives, while we are fed vague tales of foreboding, and polar bears, that offer no options for action other than waiting for the next election or carrying a tumbler around. 

Something is so deeply wrong in the U.S. that we can no longer ignore it. It is like feeling sick after eating spoiled food. You can try to ignore the pain in your stomach, but eventually you are going to have to throw up if you want to get it out of your system. 

We must face the truth, and recognize that despite the impressive photo ops for the “Green New Deal,” its content is not aimed at immediately ending the use of fossil fuels, or even at giving citizens the means to move their communities to renewable energy on their own. To date, we have not seen a serious effort to refute Naomi Wolf’s questions about the gaping holes in the Green New Deal, big enough to guide a supertanker through. If we adhere to the current system, it will be massive corporations and investment banks that will make best use of such legislation, if it is ever passed, to fund pet projects, or even to promote dangerous geo-engineering.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Democrats friends remain dependent on corporate money (if not directly, then through foundations and NGOs) and they refuse to work with more aggressive organizations because they are not loyal to the Democratic Party. 

But there is another political response out there. We have seen in the protests of Extinction Rebellion, taking place in London and around the world, the emergence of an honest political stance about climate change that addresses the issue head-on and that assumes that unless politics is grounded in action and in the pursuit of truth, it is not politics at all. 

Extinction Rebellion focuses on the climate catastrophe, the massive crisis of our age, and makes human extinction the central issue for its global campaign. Extinction Rebellion is not about flattering politicians, or about schmoozing with corporate CEOs and lobbyists. This political movement is not concerned about hurting people’s feelings and it is not trying to tone down its message to meet requirements for coverage in the corporate media. 

The priority for Extinction Rebellion is shutting down the carbon-based economy immediately and bringing major cities around the world to a standstill in order to do so. 

Extinction rebellion demands that carbon emissions be reduced to zero within six years through a complete remaking of the global economy, and through the creation of a new culture in which consumption is dramatically reduced and basic economic and social values redefined. It would be accurate to describe such policy demands as revolutionary. 

Unlike the feckless Democratic Party, Extinction Rebellion features a section on its webpage “The Truth” that pulls no punches regarding the likelihood of extinction for our children and the destruction of oceans, forests, the Arctic and Antarctic, and humanity itself, that lies before us in the decades ahead

Although Extinction Rebellion’s approach is dismissed by many as extreme, it is, in fact, the only rational political movement out there, the only major one that promotes policies on the basis of scientific evidence, not hopeful thinking. Its legitimacy is increased by the abject failure since the Kyoto Protocols of politicians, intellectuals, and that pathetic institution known as the media, to tell the bitter truth about the mushrooming catastrophe best known by the understatement “climate change.” 

In effect, Extinction Rebellion is saying what should have been said 20 years ago: this entire culture, seeped in petroleum from the beginnings of the consumption economy in the 1950s, must end. 

All of us are guilty. Every time we check our email, every time we take a hot shower, every time we drive to the market or fly to see relatives, we are hammering another nail into the coffin of humanity, into the coffins of our children and grandchildren, not to mention into the innumerable unmarked coffins of other species.

The Peculiar Institution
We are struggling to come to terms with the need for radical action, as opposed to the “progressive” approach that we have been brainwashed to embrace by media sources like “Common Dreams” or “Truthout,” or dishonest intellectuals like Robert Reich, who refuse to acknowledge the scale of the crisis, or its dire implications for humanity. 

We are struggling to acknowledge that the Paris Accords, commonly held up by the progressives as a breakthrough ― from which Trump foolishly walked away ― was never intended as a solution to the impending crisis, but rather as a face-saving political ploy.

Survival demands that we reduce fossil fuels to zero, starting tomorrow, not that we slowly increase renewables to 40 percent by 2030. At this point in the game, donating to progressive causes and waiting for the next election would be a suicidal. 

Nothing less is required than ending this culture of consumption, overturning the assumption that production, consumption and growth are necessities, and asserting that every aspect of our consumption has a direct impact on our planet. 

Equally important, we must make sure that our youth are not misled into accepting dangerous half-measures and bad policies that are being promoted by the very banks and corporations that benefit from the fossil-fuel economy, whether carbon trading, hybrid cars, geo-engineering or next-generation nuclear energy. 

The response of citizens to the inaction of all institutions in the U.S. on climate change (local and central government, corporations, NGOs and educational organizations) must be massive and immediate. We recognize, painfully, that the watchdogs we counted on have become lapdogs in search of ample funding, and are incapable of taking on the fossil fuel powers, no matter how green their rhetoric may sound. 

We must engage in governance ourselves.

350.ORG is a major NGO that provides critical information for the policy debate on climate change. It sent out an email to members on April 23, 2019 that states, 

“On Friday, presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren announced a bold climate commitment: if elected, she would sign an executive order on Day One halting all fossil fuel drilling on our public lands.”

350.ORG praised Warren’s words as an “incredible step,” but although Warren may be a step ahead of the other candidates running for president, from the perspective of a species facing extinction her call sounds hopelessly weak. 

Halt all drilling on public lands? That step is so obvious that we should demand that a candidate who does not support such a policy pull out of the race immediately. A real demand would be a permanent halt to all drilling for oil in the U.S. and in the world. A more substantial, and more convincing, demand would be to make the use of petroleum illegal within a year. 

There is a helpful precedent for such an action (nationally and internationally) in the 1987 Montreal Protocol which banned internationally the use of chlorofluorocarbons that were destroying the ozone layer. We need a “London Protocol” that bans the use of petroleum, coal and natural gas because of the damage to the atmosphere caused by their production and their consumption. Such an international agreement with parallel national bans makes perfect sense and it would be the first step towards forcing a rapid end to their use globally for the generation of energy. 

The political mythology employed by Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders is that we are confronting conservatives with different values, men who are greedy and whose limited perspective must be overcome gradually through a political process. 

But the reality is that we are confronting not “conservatives” but rather a massive criminal enterprise that has seized control of our economy, and our culture, and that is destroying, using illegal and immortal tactics, what few institutions remain to regulate its actions. 

The apt analogy for how vested interests have made us addicted to fossil fuels, and encourage us to remain addicted to them, can be found in the morally corrupt use of slavery to drive the American economy in the 19th century.

Slavery exploited unpaid labor without limit to power the economy and to increase profits for southern planters and for the northern banks that financed them. In a sense, slavery provided seemingly cheap energy to power manufacturing and agriculture at a horrendous price that was hidden from view. 

The human qualities of the African Americans who served as “slaves” were denied by a false legal system reinforced by fraudulent science that “proved” racial inferiority. Altogether, slavery debased the politics and the culture of the U.S., creating a society in which criminality was set on a pedestal and worshipped as a unique culture. But the genteel families of the southern states leaned over backwards to avoid seeing this reality. 

The term coined to describe this horrific system was the “peculiar institution,” an expression that suggested the south had some distinctive habits that set it apart. But the “peculiar institution” was only a dishonest manner of referring to a criminal system of exploitation that no healthy society could support.

The response of many progressives (abolitionists) in the 1850s was to fight tooth and nail to keep slavery from spreading to newly admitted states, and to try, through reform, to reduce the cruelty shown to slaves in the south ― and to permit them freedom if they escaped to the free states. But the basic assumption among most reformist “abolitionists” was that slavery was a bad policy that should be slowly reformed.

Similarly, the political debate today in the U.S. is about how to increase the use of wind and solar power, how to make renewable energy financially attractive to corporations, and how to end the extreme policies of the Trump administration of subsidizing coal while taxing renewable energy. 

But this political argument only makes sense if one closes one’s eyes to the fact that fossil-fuel companies are engaging in a massive criminal effort to make us dependent on fossil fuels, a source of energy that not only creates enormous profits, but that is destroying the environment and condemning much of humanity to death. In other words, one must first deceive oneself for the argument to make sense. 

We do not find different perspectives or philosophies among the lobbyists and the politicians who support fossil fuels, or the CEOs and billionaires who derive their wealth from them. We simply are looking at a morally bankrupt drive for profit, a massive criminal conspiracy that seeks to destroy our planet for the sake of profits. 

Extinction Rebellion wants to seize control of the economic system itself and to leave behind the middlemen, the class of educated people who make their living writing articles describing long-term progressive responses, lobbying congressmen with softball proposals that appeal to corporate profits, suggesting that wind power can be “competitive” with coal, and playing down the threat of ecological collapse in the United Nations reports so as to be sure that their research institutes continue to receive funding from organizations dependent on corporations and banks that have an interest in fossil fuels. 

Our John Brown moment
If we are looking for a moment in the battle against slavery that parallels Extinction Rebellion’s decision to mobilize on a massive scale against fossil fuels, the most apposite example is the actions of John Brown and his followers to rebel against slavery. Just as Extinction Rebellion decided to move beyond “progressive” arguments for the elimination of fossil fuels in light of the threat of human extinction, John Brown and his followers declared that because the government promoted the immoral practice of slavery it had no legitimacy. 

John Brown was dismissed by most as the leader of a rebellion and vilified as a rebel and a lunatic by southerners for a century afterwards. But one need only read Brown’s writings to see that his actions were impeccably supported by logic and informed by moral insight. When Brown launched his raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859, the intention was to end the institution of slavery by establishing a new government that would forsake the entire corrupt economic system. Brown’s forces were quickly overwhelmed. He was then tried, found guilty of treason (the first such conviction in American history) and hanged. 

Those who derived their wealth from slavery (the Democratic Party) condemned Brown’s action as a dastardly attack on their way of life. Most progressives in the North (the Republican Party) distanced themselves from the incident, stating they would not interfere in the affairs of slave states.

But let us look at the opening of the “Provisional Constitution and Ordinances” that Brown drafted:

“Whereas slavery, throughout its entire existence in the United States, is none other than the most barbarous, unprovoked and unjustifiable war of one portion of its citizens against another portion, the only conditions of which are perpetual imprisonment and hopeless servitude, or absolute extermination, in utter disregard and violation of those eternal and self-evident truths set forth in our Declaration of Independence. Therefore, we, citizens of the United States, and the oppressed people who, by a recent decision of the Supreme Court, are declared to have no rights which the white man is bound to respect, together with all other people degraded by the laws thereof, do, for the time being, ordain and establish for ourselves the following Provisional Constitution and Ordinances, the better to protect our persons, property, lives, and liberties, and to govern our actions.”

Let us revise this text so that it describes the current crisis and our addiction to petroleum and coal:
“Whereas forcing on us the use of fossil fuels is none other than the most barbarous, unprovoked and unjustifiable war of a small portion of citizens against the great majority, creating conditions of perpetual imprisonment in a catastrophic system that will render the Earth uninhabitable, leading to extinction, in utter disregard and violation of those eternal and self-evident truths set forth in our Declaration of Independence.

Therefore, we, citizens of the United States, as an oppressed people who have been declared by the Supreme Court to have no rights to resist that the fossil-fuel industry come together with others degraded by the laws thereof, do, for the time being, ordain and establish for ourselves the following Provisional Constitution and Ordinances, the better to protect our persons, property, lives, and liberties, and to govern our actions so as free ourselves from the death march of a fossil-fuel-driven economy.”

The moral authority is the same.

Extinction Rebellion takes a non-violent position, which Brown did not. Yet the analogy still holds for Extinction Rebellion in that its members take actions that entail the risk of imprisonment, violence and death.

Turning the tables on institutionalized criminality

Extinction Rebellion makes a demand for a solution, as opposed to the weak reform proposals floated by Democrats that assume from the start that we must compromise with a powerful “conservative” element as part of the democratic process. 

In a sense, Extinction Rebellion harkens back to Frederick Douglass’s warning in the struggle against slavery: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue until they are resisted with either words, or blows, or both.”

Douglass’s words suggest that is not enough to make abstract suggestions about the long-term negative impact of fossil fuels. Rather we must make demands that are uncompromising and concrete about what must be done now. We must insist that this entire criminal and lethal energy system be dismantled immediately. 

John Brown changed the rules of the game when he referred to slavery not as a “peculiar institution” but rather as a criminal action, a “war” on the population. We too must take control of the discourse on energy and start to define the terms of discourse. Carbon emissions are not little inconveniences to be traded away, but rather a direct threat to our survival. 

In other words, rather than responding quickly to the latest atrocity committed by the right wing, we must proactively present to as many people as possible of an entirely new culture and economy that must be implemented in toto now. We cannot support a piecemeal attempt to achieve change while depending on billionaires like Bill Gates and others who are deeply invested in the current economic system, or on Democratic politicians who have a long history of supporting fossil-fuel interests.

There are numerous “conservative” politicians in the U.S. Congress who make statements in committee that dismiss the threat of climate change and even assert that climate change is a fraud. They are funded by the fossil-fuel industry and they frequently call in expert witnesses who have been cultivated by fossil-fuel conglomerates like Koch Industries to provide evidence in support of the claim that fossil fuels are safe. Their research is largely fraudulent and their claims fly in the face of scientific evidence.

The current response of progressive politicians is to bemoan the ignorance, the selfishness, and the short-sightedness of these “conservative” politicians, their “foolish” experts and their “stupid” followers. This attitude is similar to that of Republicans who wanted to limit the use of slavery to the southern states in the 1850s, rather than abolish it.

The issue of climate change is not one of opinions, or of interests, but of law and scientifically verified truth. 

What does the law say?

The law is quite explicit. If a congressman gives testimony in committee, or brings in an expert to give testimony, that suggests that climate change is a fiction or that is not a serious threat, that act is not the expression of a conservative perspective, but is rather the presentation of false testimony. Such actions, according to the law, form a felony offense. At the minimum, the congressman should be forced to resign from his or her office for doing so, and he or she should face jail time. Any expert presenting such false evidence should face similar charges.

And yet there is not a single Democrat with the guts to bring such an entirely logical and perfectly legal charge against the congressmen and expert witnesses who engage in such blatantly criminal activity on Capitol Hill. The fact that this criminal practice has gone on for decades is not an excuse, just as the fact that slavery was practiced for hundreds of years was not an excuse for its immorality. 

If no one in the Congress, if no one among the insider lawyers, lobbyists, consultants and staff who run it, is willing to take such a moral and legal stance, the people must rise up and demand that such criminal activities be punished and the perpetrators should be banned. If enough people protest, politicians will feel the pressure and change their behavior.

Some might say that taking such a hard line would be the equivalent of demanding that hundreds of congressmen, thousands of staffers and lobbyists, resign from office and face prison for their actions. If we want to survive as a species, we should not shy away from such a scenario. We should be ready to embrace it. If the process requires us to press criminal charges against numerous Democrats as well, so be it. 

For that matter, if we find that all the members of Congress are engaged in such criminal actions, at some level or another, it is not only our right, but our moral responsibility, to demand that they all step down and that we be allowed to hold elections that are free from the interference of any organizations linked to these immoral fossil fuel interests.

It is currently accepted practice for congressmen to take contributions from fossil-fuel corporations, and from investment banks that promote fossil fuels. But the promotion of fossil fuels over the last 70 years, often with federal subsidies for refineries and highway systems, was a criminal conspiracy from the start, not a democratic process that represented the will of the people. Whether it was the purchase and destruction of public transport by General Motors, Standard Oil and Phillips Petroleum (operating through front organizations) to increase the dependence of our citizens on the dangerous chemical compound petroleum, or the restructuring of the U.S. military so as to be deeply dependent on petroleum and to be employed primarily to secure supplies of petroleum, there has been a series of policy decisions made that must be recognized as criminal in nature. 

We now know that corporations like Exxon and Shell that provide petroleum were fully aware of the phenomenon of global warming, and of the dangerous impact of their toxic product on the environment, from at least the 1980s, if not earlier. They hid such scientific results and instead hired experts and public relations firms to present misleading and dishonest information to the public through advertising, through doctored academic research and through lobbying while they were fully aware of the scale of the threat. Yet the best that progressive Democrats can do is to grumble about the selfishness of these corporations, and ask struggling citizens for contributions to their campaigns for the next election, or for the election after that.

Ask yourself, what would happen to you if you sold a product that was extremely dangerous to the environment and that killed hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people globally, and that was likely to lead to the deaths of billions due to global warming? What if you had known since the 1980s about the dangers of your product and had hidden that information, using your tainted wealth to bribe politicians and to promote fake science experts who lied to Congress in order to defend your illegal activities?

Your fate would be quite certain. You would be jailed immediately on conspiracy charges and your entire assets would be seized. You would be criminally liable to pay for the cost of paying for the clean-up of the damage you had wrought far beyond what assets you possessed. 

So what should we do to the fossil-fuel companies that have behaved in precisely this manner and the investment banks and other financial institutions that support them in the face of overwhelming scientific evidence of the danger of this product? The situation is absolutely identical. Citizens must demand that these corporations be treated as criminal organizations and that they be stripped of the right to use those ill-gotten funds to defend themselves. Those responsible must be jailed immediately and prosecuted for their crimes over the last four decades. The politicians and lobbyists who assisted them should be subject to the same treatment. 

The assets of corporations like Exxon and Koch Industries, and those of individuals who own those corporations, should be seized in total for the purpose of cleaning up the damage and compensating victims around the world.

There is no need to mope about how much money fossil-fuel companies have to contribute to the election of “conservative” candidates, or how much harder “progressives” must work to win elections in this unfair political environment. Once the assets of these fossil-fuel companies have been seized, once all lobbyists and experts who worked for those companies in their criminal campaigns are blocked from participation in politics (like the disenfranchisement of former Confederate leaders during Reconstruction), we will be in a position to determine what is appropriate policy for the response to climate change based on scientific consensus and in accord with the Constitution. 

We have the right, and the obligation, to demand that politicians who have been bought off by fossil-fuel companies, or by banks and by billionaires linked to fossil-fuel companies, be blocked from testimony to Congress and from participation in the political process. In many cases, we should demand that they resign from their positions immediately. The same applies to think-tank researchers, professors, lawyers, lobbyists and other public personalities who have been involved in this massive fraud. 

The debate in politics must be grounded in unbiased scientific findings, not in opinions. We have allowed corporations to be treated as people and we have allowed fraudulent arguments about the climate to be treated as worthy of attention because they were backed by money. That must all end now. If a small group of citizens effectively articulates a logical position, that can start to transform opinion in the U.S. Without the pursuit of truth as a fundamental principle for politics, however, democracy will be reduced to a farce.

But there is more that we must do. We must condemn advertising in general as a criminal effort to mislead Americans about the dangers of industrial society, specifically about the impact of cars, planes and coal and natural gas dependent industrial production on the environment and on our citizens. 

Advertising is employed as a means of bribing the media, and of undermining its critical role: presenting citizens with the truth. Advertising, and the public relations industry, has rendered journalism a farcical sideshow that distracts us at the very moment citizens must mobilize. As long as the commercial media feeds citizens doctored and distorted information so they cannot make objective decisions, democratic politics is impossible.

We must actively counter this advertising complex that tries to convince us that everything is fine, that suggests that ownership of cars is essential for freedom and that promotes selfishness and self-indulgence, rather than cooperation. We must do so through direct actions such as creating our own citizens’ newspapers, holding teach-ins in public spaces where we explain to citizens exactly how climate catastrophe will destroy our world, and what we must do. 

We must also recognize that the underfunding of public education is not the result of philosophical differences between “liberals” and “conservatives” but rather an intentional effort to dumb down the people so they cannot comprehend the scale of the economic and political?crisis, or find the means to respond.

We must demand that academic research (and journalism as well) be funded by transparent government grants supported by taxes and that other self-interested “research” with hidden agendas be eliminated from the debate on policy in government and among citizens. This is essential for the response to climate change. 

Above all, young people must be trained to think scientifically for themselves and to understand the hidden forces that threaten humanity ― we must make sure that they are not seduced by video games, Youtube videos and pornography into overlooking the danger signs that are all around.

Taking on the false ideologies of free trade and military security
If we want to launch a nationwide campaign to address the terrible truth, rather than the limited messages that the “progressive” media feels comfortable with, we will need to take on the two big monsters that politicians tiptoe around: free trade and military security.

The myth that the international trade of goods is a positive for the citizens of the U.S., and for the world, and that trade should be constantly increased to help us prosper, has been embraced by both political parties, and by most intellectuals in the U.S. since World War II. 

But the massive promotion of trade means not only that corporations can move factories abroad ― and threaten workers and communities with the closure of local factories as a means of obtaining government subsidies, they can offer cheap products to Americans that made abroad and thereby hide the horrific impact that such manufacturing has on the local environment and our shared climate. Every Styrofoam box, every nylon sweater, every plastic toy is not only poisoning our soil, our rivers and our oceans when it is disposed of, but its manufacture did tremendous damage to our climate that has been hidden from us because the manufacturing is in India or Thailand. 

Free trade has seized control of our economy, forcing us to buy products that were made far away, and shipped using tremendous amounts of fossil fuels (often at a cost of local jobs). The pollution created in the manufacture of throwaway products has the exact same impact on the climate over there than it would if the factories were in Kansas or Mississippi. Moreover, transporting goods over oceans for thousands of kilometers produces tremendous emissions. Yet a discussion of this terrible consequence of free trade is avoided even by leftist organizations. 

Moreover, progressive and leftist journals readily accept the deeply flawed systems of measurement for economics like GDP (gross domestic product), “consumption,” “growth” and “development.” The fact that these measurements leave out ecological, social and cultural impact of economic policies and practices, that they make no account for long-term degradation of the soil, water and air are rarely pointed out by intellectuals. Although there have been proposals for alternative systems of measurement, they are hardly discussed, let alone adopted. 

The military has emerged as the massive part of the U.S. domestic economy that is linked at every level to the exploration for, the production of and the consumption of fossil fuels. It is also the world’s greatest polluter and a far larger contributor to climate change than many countries.

The U.S. military is grossly overextended, with hundreds of bases around the world. More often than not, its primary role has become promoting the extraction of fossil fuels and other minerals to power the consumption economy that is destroying our climate. This military has nothing to do with “defense” or “security.”

The U.S. cannot start to adapt serious climate policy until it undertakes a revolutionary change in the military’s role. That change must be grounded in a shift in the definition of security to make mitigation of climate change the highest security concern. Such a shift will not be easy, but it is theoretically possible, and, granted the scale of the crisis, it is absolutely critical. 

Ironically, even as we move away from weapons, we will need the bravery and the discipline of warriors as we go forward to confront the fossil fuel powers. With inspired imagination and steely courage, we can transform the role and the nature of the military from within and from without so that it focuses exclusively on climate change. 

Ultimately, the Department of Defense must be transformed into a “Department of Human Security” or even into a “Department of Climate Change.”All of its corrupt spending on weapons must be eliminated following a carefully organized plan. Whether that is achieved by an institutional transformation, or by shutting down the existing system completely and starting anew, will be decided in the process. 
Conclusion

The word “revolution” comes up in the speeches of Democratic and Republican candidates so frequently these days that it draws nothing but yawns. 

But the abject failure of American lawmakers to postulate a long-term national policy for the response to climate change suggests that U.S politics is mired in mythology and delusions.

The scientific predictions about how climate change will unfold suggest that we will not have any money left for fighter planes, or aircraft carriers, or even for highways and stadiums. We will have to make a greater commitment of resources to surviving climate change than even the Green Party’s presidential candidate Jill Stein thought necessary when she proposed a mobilization on the scale of that for World War II. 

Sadly, there is a revolution is taking place right now in the U.S., but it is happening in all the wrong places. The government is undergoing revolutionary change as the Trump administration strips departments of expertise, punishes those with a sense of responsibility and quickly privatizes functions so that government serves only to increase the wealth of the elite and can no longer serve our citizens. 

We have no time to debate the merits of revolutionary transformations. They are being undertaken right now by the Trump administration. Revolutionary shifts like taxation of renewable energy, subsidization for coal and oil and the removal of science from the policy formation process are taking place right now.

To suggest that we must wait until the next election, or that we must compromise our goals and support Democratic candidates who make lukewarm statements about climate change is to miss the whole point. A reactionary revolution is already taking place. The only question is what we will do in response. 

Asia Institute and Extinction Rebellion “Protest against climate catastrophe” Sunday, May 5, 12-4 PM @ Gwanghwamun

Asia Institute and Extinction Rebellion will join forces to launch a “Protest against Climate Catastrophe” on Sunday, May 5, 12-4 PM @ Gwanghwamun in downtown Seoul. Please meet to start at the statue of King Sejong.

Also, if you can make a contribution to cover the costs of placards and stickers, it will be greatly appreciated.

for more information, contact Emanuel @ 010 3444 1598.