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[greenyes] Interesting Response to Death of Environmentalism


About 3 or 4 months ago, someone (was it you Toni) posted a URL to the
recent debunkfest, "Death of Environmentalism," which I hope everyone's had
a chance to read ( www.grist.org/news/maindish/2005/01/13/doe-reprint/).

Much can be said in response...and who hasn't, but one that is terribly well
written is from this issue of CCEHJ's Everybody's Backyard --


CITIZENS CLEARINGHOUSE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND JUSTICE
EVERYBODY'S BACKYARD - Spring 2005
"How Change Happens"
Many people are talking about Death of Environmentalism, What's the Matter
With Kansas?, and how we might build a progressive movement for change.
CHEJ's Board and staff are also reflecting on these publications and the
present political climate and asking, "How does change happen?" and "Does
CHEJ's work add value toward achieving systemic change?"
CHEJ has dedicated itself to broadening the base and strengthening the
skills of grassroots organizations. In reflecting on this experience, we've
concluded that change happens by organizing - one family at a time, one
church at a time, one school at a time, and one neighborhood at a time.
Change will not result from powerful full-page ads, or by using just the
right words in your message, or by getting the right people elected.
Lasting change comes from civic engagement. It's achieved by building power
where people are, listening to their concerns, linking leaders to issues
that matter to them, and by moving organizations from their local fights to
a larger, strategic vision of long-term systemic change. This includes
raising popular consciousness about fundamental problems in the current
system, providing a positive, unifying vision, and building a sense of
empowerment.
The issues in our network are varied, as is class, race and geographic
representation. What we share in common is the desire for achieving justice,
preventing harm to human health, the economy, and the environment, and
preserving the American promise for our children.
We have developed models for winning at the local and state levels that fit
into this larger strategy to impact a broader agenda and goal. Leaders in
our network have demonstrated how to accomplish things that are out of reach
of groups taking only a policy or regulatory approach to change. The article
on dioxin in this issue is a prime example of this.
Change happens by working to build our strengths, increase our reach,
connect leaders around common values, and teach everyday Americans the
skills they need to succeed.
_________________________
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