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" Credibility is a basic survival tool. "
" Everywhere people are at work to build a better world in which we - and some of the beauty of this world - will be guaranteed to survive. Everywhere they are at war with the forces threatening us and the planet. "
" We talk about politicians being in public life, but they seldom appear in the public space where everyone is free to appear as a citizen. "
" Joy doesn't betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection. "
" Panic is rare, looting is essentially insignificant, people are not terrified and trampling each other to flee from a disaster scene, but in fact are trying to manage a situation. We may in fact revert to some sort of primordial civility. "
" The oil dinosaurs want to win so badly in my home state because what happens here matters everywhere. The nation often follows where California goes. "
" To be hopeful means to be uncertain about the future, to be tender toward possibilities, to be dedicated to change all the way down to the bottom of your heart. "
" Women often find great roles in revolution, simply because the rules fall apart and everyone has agency, anyone can act. "
" We have a real role in how our own collective lives, our nation, and our world and society turn out. Seizing those opportunities is important, and disasters are sometimes one of those opportunities. "
" People rescue each other. They build shelters and community kitchens and ways to deal with lost children and eventually rebuild one way or another. "
" The more we heat up the planet, the more it costs all of us, not just in money, but in colossal famines, displacements, deaths, and species extinctions, as well as in the loss of some of the things that make this planet a blue-green jewel, including its specialized habitats from the melting Arctic to bleaching coral reefs. "
" There are infinite shades of grey. Writing often appears so black and white. "
Black And White
" Given a choice between their worldview and the facts, it's always interesting how many people toss the facts. "
" It's hardly surprising that the corporate aliens lie when it comes to the relationship between doing something about climate change and the economy. "
" It's not that bad things never happen. But there's a pattern in which most people are calm, resourceful, altruistic, and they improvise emergency systems that work really well - whether it's getting the babies out of a collapsed hospital or putting together a community kitchen to feed everybody for the next few months. "
" Men explain things to me, still. And no man has ever apologized for explaining, wrongly, things that I know and they don't. Not yet, but according to the actuarial tables, I may have another fortysomething years to live, more or less, so it could happen. Though I'm not holding my breath. "
" We are entering an era of heightened disaster, thanks to climate change. Being prepared for disaster will mean being prepared to sift truth from rumour, and being prepared to adjust our worldview. "
" Revolution is as unpredictable as an earthquake and as beautiful as spring. Its coming is always a surprise, but its nature should not be. "
" The world you live in is not a given; much of what is best in it has been built through the struggles of passionate activists over the last centuries. They won us many freedoms and protected many beauties. Count those gifts among your growing heap. "
" I'm grateful that, after an early life of being silenced, sometimes violently, I grew up to have a voice, circumstances that will always bind me to the rights of the voiceless. "
" I feel often that we don't have the right language to talk about emotions in disasters. Everyone is on edge, of course, but it also pulls people away from a lot of trivial anxieties and past and future concerns and gratuitous preoccupations that we have, and refocuses us in a very intense way. "
" Having the right to show up and speak are basic to survival, to dignity, and to liberty. "
" Violence always seems to me the worst form of tyranny. It deprives people of their rights, including the right to live. "
" Every minute of every hour of every day you are making the world, just as you are making yourself, and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style. "
" Revolution is a phase, a mood, like spring, and just as spring has its buds and showers, so revolution has its ebullience, its bravery, its hope, and its solidarity. Some of these things pass. "