Zapatismo, Occupy Wall Street and fighting environmental collapse
By Jim Carey
Mon, Nov 9, 1pm
Zapatismo, Occupy and the Earth
Hotel Quinta Loreto
Peter Weisberg, participatory democracy, an economy built around community needs, embracing diversity in all living systems, access to truly affordable health care and lifelong education, the essential rights of nature, the celebration and protection of indigenous cultures and localism, these are some of the core principles shared by Zapatista communities and Occupy Wall Street. The Zapatistas have a lot to add to the climate change conversation. Like many aspects of the Zapatista way of being in the world, their perspective is radically different from mainstream contemporary culture. In essential ways, Occupy Wall Street has been inspired by many of the philosophical cornerstones of Zapatista practice. And it is these very cornerstones that represent an important way to not only think about climate change, but for ordinary men and women, to formulate an action strategy that will address climate catastrophe and we. The Zapatistas’ slogan, “Para todos todo, para nosotros nada” (“Everything for Everyone, Nothing for Us”), is at essence, an anticapitalist expression. It embraces a very difficult concept for people in the developed world to accept; the lifestyle of consumerism, individualism, and competition is unsustainable. It is driving the world into the next great extinction. If there is a solution, I believe it starts with those values noted in the opening paragraph and an acknowledgment that we in the developed world will have to live with less. The living planet will not be saved by individual actions. It will take a collective global effort to have an impact on the scope of climate catastrophes we are facing. As Naomi Klein expresses in her recent writings, fighting climate change represents mankind’s best opportunity to not only address global warming, but to finally come to the understanding that we as a species will only survive if we institutionalize cooperation. In fact, both these fights are vitally entwined. “Ya Basta”! Enough is Enough. The climate crisis demands urgency to our actions. Half measures and compromises to appease the rich and powerful, the 1 percent, will not stave off the crisis. On Monday at Occupy Wall Street San Miguel, we will discuss these issues and view the video Disruption that takes a hard look at the environmental crisis and how it can be averted. Join us. Our events are free.