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If Not Us Then Who

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This is a series of short films about people around the world that are standing up and taking back their lives and protecting their environments. The films also show what needs to be done. Scroll to the bottom for additional short films.


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Animae C (507)
Tuesday June 16, 2015, 6:03 am
"The fate of our forests lies in our hands, today.
The fate of the planet lies in our hearts, in each one of us."

Excellent, bookmarked!

Thanx Dandelion

Tuesday June 16, 2015, 6:12 am
shared/noted with hope and thanks

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 16, 2015, 6:36 am
Thank you Dandelion

Ben O (140)
Tuesday June 16, 2015, 7:30 am
Right, if not us, then WHO...??? Wich reminds me; -What if a million members would Care2 make a difference...???

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 16, 2015, 7:41 am
Will go thru these tonite--thanksDandelion

Evelyn B (61)
Tuesday June 16, 2015, 10:41 am
When it comes to the crunch - yes -
If WE don't fight for human rights, environmental protection etc .... why should anyone else?

No single one of us can throw themselves into social action for every tragedy that hits the planet, every area of human rights abuses, every practice that damages our planet's capacity to live. None of us can take the strain and stress of looking empathetically with every catastrophe - natural & human-triggered. But if each of us commit to defending, to non-violent resistance to a selected range of priority areas that we can cope with ..... then between us we can respond to a very wide range. And each little drop comes together to form an ocean for change.

Yes - if not us - then who?
If not now - then when? When it is too late?

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday June 16, 2015, 6:39 pm
I only watched one video so far, and it is very touching. But I realize one thing which is happening when people have to go through bad times. It is actually bringing people together, and they are starting to help each other, and not working against each other. This is a wonderful start in the right direction, and we should follow too.
Thanks for sharing Dandelion.

Laurie H (818)
Tuesday June 16, 2015, 7:47 pm
ALWAYS keeping Deep HOPE ALIVE, through the trying days & all that life brings. When people link together there is strength in numbers, just as we are all strong together here at Care2. We can make a difference for positive change!!! Will view the rest & look forward to it!!! Thank You So Very Much Sherly!!!~

Edith B (146)
Tuesday June 16, 2015, 9:20 pm
I watched the first video and it is heartbreaking. Our home was flooded in May, 2004, but we only lost possessions, not life. We all need to use our voices to fight climate change, whenever and however we can.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 16, 2015, 11:37 pm
It's coming to a peak, as more and more are affected and come to see the truth of what has been and what is happening. We're like millions of snowflakes, each different, but made of the same stuff-----and if we unite and make a huge snowball and hurl it at the 2% of evil that rules and continues to destroy us and this planet----then we stand a good chance of saving what's left of both. My hat's off to those who are striving to take their freedoms,and rights back, ---but---I respect and admire most, their part in the most important battle that's ever been fought on this plane--- the one against good and evil, Armageddon, in order to try to save Earth and all that lives. Thanks Dandelion and I certainly note your contributions to that good fight.

Athena F (131)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 12:38 am
thank you

Luke Scott (23)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 12:41 am

Roro l (0)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 1:59 am

David Thieke (6)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 3:58 am
Thanks for sharing this Dandelion ! I will check them out .
Much appreciated !

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 4:29 am
Indeed, many on this thread are already aware, but there are always new members joining C2 that are seeking out information. I also place these on here for others to share with people they know that might now yet be fully awakened, or if they know someone who is awake, they may know someone who isn't and they can share with them to forward to someone they need to. Also the search engine on everyone's computer can pull up C2 with all the various submissions. a pebble in the pond I drop in the information and then like it go.....just like the ones who made these films, they make them, place them on the internet or where-ever and let them go.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 4:31 am
Fighting climate change is not merely about saving nature or preserving the trees; it is truly caring about people whose lives are profoundly affected by disasters, social decay, economic injustice, and the vicious cycle of poverty. The poorest and most vulnerable people around the world are at the frontlines of climate impacts.

The climate change battle will be won or lost at the grassroots, where people confront its impacts and embrace opportunities for transformation. The fate of our forests lies in our hands, today. The fate of the planet lies in our hearts, in each one of us.

Yeb Saño
September 2014

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 4:42 am
ON the 1st September 2014 Edwin Chota and his 3 companions were murdered trying to protect their home in the Peruvian rainforest. They are not the only indigenous groups to be murdered in the struggle over forests. While we procrastinate and dither about what we personally need to use less of or give up to stop climate change, Edwin Chota made the ultimate sacrifice. There is a war being raged over forests, which protect our climate from the worst of our excesses, and it is happening right now. But do we feel grateful or appreciate those that are on the frontline?

Edwin’s life is detached from ours. He lives far away in a remote forest region and is connected to nature in a way we struggle to imagine. But why did he embark on a journey to make his life better and to improve the world around him? How do we get to a point where we decide we need to act to solve climate change just as Edwin decided to act to stop the destruction of the forests around him? I think we need to get to a personal tipping point. And this can only happen when we start to feel this loss ourselves. When we get to the stage of life of Harry Beale from Sydney Lumet’s classic, The Network:

‘We’re mad as hell and we are not going to take this anymore’

At what point do we get to this moment? With forest communities it is simple – The Babassu nut breakers in Brazil were getting threatened and abused whilst working in their forests; the Mayangna people were getting their community forests converted into farmland; in Podumaan and Sipahuta the trees that are the main source of income for the whole village were being flattened and converted into plantations. When you lose your ability to feed your family, when the rivers which are your only water supply start to run dry, when people with guns enter your land and take over, the decisions are instant and without thought for the personal consequences. But what must occur before we decide to act to save our climate? A drought in California? A hurricane in New Orleans? A polar Vortex? Flooding in the Somerset Levels? What catastrophe do we need to witness to make us act?

Rather than sit around waiting for this major environmental catastrophe, there is one simple thing we can do. Understand. Not just glance and ‘like’ something on Facebook but think about it with our intellect and think about it emotionally. Empathize and fight banality, fight ignorance, explore and get to the root of what is happening.

This is what we aim to do with, ‘If not us then who?’ We want to find practical answers to the questions that are bothering us. Ignore the politics, and the endless unfulfilled promises on climate change and begin with the basics: Who is protecting our forests now, today, as you sit here reading? How are they protecting our forests? Why are they protecting our forests” ‘How can we support them and encourage them’. Sometimes there are more questions than answers but that is ok. Because questions themselves make us find reason. Reason leads to motivation and motivation leads to action. So I am asking a question to see where it takes me, ‘If not us then who?’

Paul Redman

Project Director

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 4:52 am
It's everybody's obligation to watch over their own need

Darlene W (303)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 5:05 am
Just sad that $$$ takes precedence for some of those in government. More and more 'we the people' are standing up for Mother Earth and her inhabitants and God bless them all.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 5:20 am
Yes, Fi T's comment is a bit ambiguous. Perhaps will come back to make it clearer.

Speaking of island homes perhaps if you have not signed this petition will consider doing so. The arrogance and thoughtlessness of our Governments Ros is beyond pale. Ours are not alone, but the leadership toot our horns and do this to others.
Do Not Drop Bombs In My Backyard

Ben O (140)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 6:55 am
"None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free"
(Pearl Buck)

Ben O (140)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 6:58 am
...Signed the petition 2 days ago BTW...

S J (130)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 4:25 pm
bookmarked and signed the petition, thank you Dandelion

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 4:42 pm
Bookmarked too and Signed Thanks Dandelion

Jo S (619)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 7:06 pm
Noted, shared & bookmarked.
Thank you so much Dandelion.

Dogan Ozkan (2)
Wednesday June 17, 2015, 9:26 pm
noted and signed

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 1:30 am
Shared the video link on facebook and twittersphere.

Panchali Yapa Yapa (26)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 1:20 pm
Thank you

Luke Scott (23)
Thursday June 18, 2015, 8:13 pm
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