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Scientists Get Active — So Should We — Poster of the Week

Declare Independence From Oil

Rainforest Action Network; Global Exchange

Inkworks Press

Offset, Circa 2006

Berkeley, CA


Today is the 52nd anniversary of the first Earth Day, when 20 million people took to the streets and attended teach-ins throughout the U.S. to learn about how human actions – and the corporate drive for profits – were destroying the environment.

The first Earth Day was organized in response to the disastrous Santa Barbara oil spill. What has happened in the decades since? Not enough!

We cannot continue business as usual.

Climate Change has become Climate Catastrophe. Existential changes are no longer theoretical. We can see the changes.

We see them in the extreme multi-year droughts and superstorms. We see them in the frequency and intensity of wildfires. We see them as extinctions of plants and animals escalate. We see them as the ice packs are melting faster than predicted.

1-2 degrees warmer may not sound like much – but this year, parts of Antarctica were 50-70 degrees warmer than average, and for the first time in human history, an ice shelf the size of New York City (Outside the US it is compared to the size of Rome) collapsed.

We cannot continue business as usual.

Did you know that last week more than one thousand scientists across the globe—from Los Angeles to Madrid—chained or superglued themselves to the doors of oil-friendly banks, corporations, and government buildings and blocked bridges? The corporate media mainly ignored it. Even Democracy Now only mentioned the London actions. One thousand scientists/activists/protesters should have made headlines.

Their demand: The ecological crisis is accelerating, and only a “climate revolution” will be enough to avert catastrophe.

We cannot continue business as usual.


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