How to do crucial+artsy+fun FlashBlocks to save this sweet+rad+dying Earth.
1] Ask 14 people every day to Pledge to take one of your fave Big Climate Actions. [Flashblocks are crucial.]
2] Offer to do a victory dance, a song, a story, some art, or some other talent you may have, if they will Pledge to take one of the Big Climate Actions that you ask them to take. [Flashblocks are artsy.]
3] Flashblocks are done when you block, shout out to, or speak with people on streets, in businesses and in governments. [Flashblocks are fun.]
[Cyber Flashblocks can be done via phone, social media, text, email or live video when it is not possible to FlashBlock in person.]
A FlashBlock is an artsy, direct action where one or more activists block, shout out to, or speak with people in a business, on the street or in a government office, while asking them to make a Big Climate Action Pledge in return for a dance, song, art, award and/or some other honoring.
In other words, a FlashBlock is a fun way to do a REBEL action or climate STRIKE every day as you ask people to take specific Big Climate Actions, and to offer people something cool if they Pledge to do so.
So please FlashBlock to 14 people every day in person, or via phone, social media, text, email or live video when it is not possible to FlashBlock in person, to help save Earth's dying biosphere.
Crucial Every Day Direct Actions
+ Ask 14 or more people every day to make a specific Big Climate Action Pledge when you Rebel [see FlashBlock example], or Strike [such as a Sit-in] on the street, in businesses and in government offices, or via phone calls, social media and live video.
+ Honor people for their Pledges with your talent, some art and/or an award. Some ways to Honor include a poem, story, song, art, victory dance, blessing, cartwheel, a cheer and an XOEarth Award.
+ Please join us so we can get 4 Million Big Climate Action Pledges Every Day that will help keep our magnificent but failing biosphere livable and fun.
A FlashBlock is an artsy, quick or slow, solo or group, direct climate action where one or more people are blocked, spoken with or shouted out to, and asked to make a big climate action pledge in return for a dance, song, art, award and/or other honoring.
Use a FlashBlock every day to ask 14 customers, government officials, pedestrians, vehicle drivers, business managers, employees, friends, family and others to make Big Climate Action Pledges.
There may be a very small or very big risk of being arrested depending on how a FlashBlock is done. It is probable that a large number of us must be willing to risk being arrested or be arrested if we are to save this failing Earth.
Members of Extinction Rebellion, 350.org, Sunrise Movement, Greenpeace USA, Sierra Club and Fridays For Future and other groups that have and that are currently risking arrest or getting arrested have proved crucial in getting governments, businesses and citizens to take measurable climate actions. As well as doing your solo FlashBlocks, join them in their direct actions too.
Here are some words you might want to call out in your FlashBlocks. Various options are in brackets. "Beautiful people! We have one year to save our sweet Earth. Before you leave [pass by], will you please promise to [dedicate 140 minutes a day][invest 24% of your (personal)(company's)net income][stop selling these Earth killing products][sell only plant-based foods][(some other sustainable action] to help save our exquisite but dying Earth? To thank you for your pledge, I will do a victory dance for you and give you this [art][award][song]. Fight for life. Fight for love. OK? Yes? [You will? Thanks so much!] Great!!"
A simple FlashBlock can last for a few seconds, minutes or hours, and can be done with or without a sign. A sign as small as a postcard can be used.
In a FlashBlock, one or more people being blocked, approached or called out to, and then asked to promise to take a big [or least a medium] climate action in return for some honoring action and/or a gift.
FlashBlocks can be slightly to very disruptive, are creative, social, fun or scary, quick or slow, peaceful, and can be done in the street, on walkways, in businesses, in government offices, in front of unethical products in stores, and beyond.
Stopping traffic or stopping a vehicle to ask driver[s] to make a big climate action pledge is one of the more exciting FlashBlocks. Holding a big or little sign can be helpful when doing a street FlashBlock. Cars, trucks and drivers may become annoyed and even dangerous so be very careful when doing this street FlashBlock action.
FlashBlocks can help slow down the specific business practices, government operations and consumer purchases that are feeding climate monster wildfires, floods, heatwaves, hurricanes and other climate related disasters and injustices.
A FlashBlock can be an inconspicuous action if wanted. This makes them a good direct action for places where authorities or managers are nearby, or where protest actions are unauthorized or illegal.
Some authorities or managers will be thrilled that you are taking your action even when they don't say so. Some authorities or managers will be happy to let you complete an action. Of course, some authorities or managers will not like or will even hate what you are doing. But when you start a FlashBlock, remind yourself that an authority or manager may be in full support of your action, unless they state otherwise. In fact, some authorities or managers may wish they were bold enough to do a FlashBlock too. Hopefully your FlashBlocks will inspire some authorities or managers to start taking big climate actions too.
If the person or group rejects a request to make a climate action pledge, as they leave you can say, "I hope you change your mind", or "Please take big climate actions to help save our planet Earth so we can all have more fun".
FlashBlocks can help us get the billions of people that we need to take big climate citizen and climate consumer actions.
Use FlashBlocks [or whatever you want to call your solo blocks] to power up your direct climate actions to help save this planet and to stand in solidarity with the hundreds of thousands of people who are already taking direct actions for the climate every day.
XOEarth is hoping we can get 500,000 million lovers of the Earth to join us this year in doing a FlashBlock every day. Imagine how much good we can do for this biosphere when we get a million or more of us doing artsy, fun and honoring solo direct climate actions every day.
Video your FlashBlocks so you can share them to leverage your actions even more.
Here is another FlashBlock dialog with other options in brackets, "Before you pass [leave][go], would you [be willing to] promise to [dedicate 140 minutes a day][sponsor legislation][invest 24% of your company's net][stop selling products that are killing our biosphere][sell only (more) plant-based foods][etc] to help save our fun [sweet][exquisite][amazing] but [dying][imperiled] Earth [biosphere]? To thank you for your pledge, I [we] will do a victory dance [song][poem][cartwheel][etc] and give you an award [this art][picture][XOEarth Award][etc]."
A FlashBlock may involve some legal and physical risk even when it is a brief *blockade* in public space. XOEarth hopes you will be careful. However, taking a little or a lot of risk may be worth it in order to help slow down our wasteful fossil fuel and resource addicted society, in order to spur governments to take major climate action now, in order to help build the climate movement so our Earth does not die. We may have one year to save our sweet Earth.
A FlashBlock can be done as a COVID-19 friendly Rebel action with social distancing.
All FlashBlocks must be peaceful, non-violent, and respectful. People who want to do a FlashBlock are encouraged to study non-violent communication [NVC] principles and techniques.
Hello XOEarth Friends,
Stele here, XOEarth.org's founder. I have been using the FlashBlock form for years to help keep Earth cooler. I love the deep ecological talks, the major climate action commitments and the co-creative art that can come out of a FlashBlock. I hope my FlashBlock thing helps power up some direct climate actions that you do every day. A Flash Block Mob might be a good name for when several peeps do a FlashBlock together.
For all the life, Stele Ely
Big Climate Action Pledges
Here are a few Big Climate Action Pledges that you can invite people to take:
+ More Big Climate Action ideas are on the HERO page. /HERO
Asking for Big Climate Action Pledges and then honoring those pledges can result in more accountability. Plus, adding Pledge and Honor to your Rebel and Strike actions can make them more fun, especially on our solo days.
When people pledge less than the specific big climate action pledges suggested, it's fine to Honor those smaller pledges that make a difference too. Nonetheless, it's ok to remind others that if everyone only takes small climate actions it will not be enough to save our sweet biosphere.
Have fun using Pledge and Honor to power up your daily Rebel or Strike actions to get peeps in businesses, in our governments and on the streets to promise us face-to-face to take major ecological actions so there will be fewer Climate Change Monsters to mess up our towns tomorrow.
Rebel and Strike Action Notes
+ An action that is more effective may include more risk and be more fun, such as a FlashBlock Rebel action. [A FlashBlock is when a person or group slowly or quickly moves in and out of the way of customers, vehicles or pedestrians to call on businesses, our government and citizens to join us in making our society sustainable. XOEarth is calling on 500 million lovers of the Earth to join us in doing a FlashBlock every day. Read the FlashBlock section for more.]
+ An action can be as short as a few minutes, or as long as hours and days.
+ An action can be a simple stand-in, sit-in, low in stress, inspiring and quite fun.
+ An action that blocks a sidewalk, a store entryway, or traffic on a road is an act of civil disobedience that shows you are concerned enough about this climate emergency that you are willing to put yourself at risk.
+ An action that includes some risk can encourage others to take this climate emergency seriously and to join us in taking risks to save our biosphere as well.
+ An action can be done with small or big signs or wearable tags. Variations include necklace signs made with a heavy paper and a string necklace, or tiny signs held on forks or chopsticks. [Sign and Tag Tips].
+ An action can be designed to have a low chance or high chance of being arrested.
+ An action must be non-violent. The importance of non-violence is detailed by Extinction Rebellion.
+ An action can include an offering to people for not buying or selling Earth killing, un-ethical products.
+ An action can be a good video, picture and media and then social networking sharing opportunity.
+ An action can be a business block, product block or roadblock.
+ An action can be challenging, daring, confronting and scary, or not at all.
+ An action can be a request to a customer to make a promise to not buy an environmentally destructive or inhumane product.
+ An action can be a request to a business owner or manager to promise to not sell an environmentally destructive or inhumane product.
+ Include a request that the person sign their signature on an award to acknowledge their pledge. The person - such as a business owner - gets to keep the award.
+ An action can be a lot of fun.
+ Let's have peacefully and boldly going into businesses and governments to ask people to make big climate action pledges. Let's have a good time demanding big climate action pledges on sidewalks and streets when we block or protest. Let's lovingly go in and ask for big climate action commitments from people sitting in restaurants, shopping in stores, sitting in their offices and outside doing their work. Let's bravely and non-violently stand in the doorways of businesses and governments to call on big climate action.
+ Imagine millions of us standing and sitting everyday in the way to slow down the river of destruction by governments, businesses and consumers while asking for big climate action in return for our honorings.
Climate Action Organizations
Pledge and Honor can be used to help you meet your goals when you are taking actions with your fave climate change fighting organizations that do non-violent protests and actions.
Of course, in return for taking the big climate change action that a business, official or citizen takes, they will also get a less violent, more alive and more fun planet.
Here are some climate action organizations that we recommend::
4 Million Big Climate Action Pledges for our sweet Earth or Bust!
Sign and Tag wording ideas
+ Saturday: LESS GASOLINE = LESS EXTINCTION (sign or tag) "Stand with me [us] if you use as little gasoline and jet fuel as possible, and you carbon offset." (call or chant)
+ Sunday: LESS MEAT = LESS CLIMATE MONSTERS "Please eat organic and plant based as much as possible to help slow down climate change."
+ Monday: SINGLE USE PLASTIC IS MURDER. REUSABLE SERVICEWARE IS LIFE. "Sit with me us if you avoid plastic bag use, avoid over-packaged products and bring reusable drink containers and service ware."
+ Tuesday: ECO LOGICAL CAREERS = MORE LIVABLE EARTH "Please make your job as ecological as possible, or quit and get an eco-logical job."
+ Wednesday: CARBON OFFSET = LESS DEATH = MORE FUN "Please carbon offset and/or support organizations that fight climate change."
+ Thursday: LESS FOSSIL FUELS = MORE FUN TIMES "Take a stand with us if you carpool, bus, walk, live close to work and use alternative transportation."
+ Friday: ECO VOLUNTEER + ECO DONATE + ECO VOTE = ECO LOGICAL "Stand with us if you volunteer or donate to environmental organizations and candidates."
Sign and Tag making tips
Whether it is a big sign that you hold or a small tag that you wear around your neck, these are important tools to get your climate action messages out there, and help build the global climate action movement.
Even a small quarter page necklace tag can work well if you want to do a subtle Rebel or Strike. Plus, that little sign can duplicated to be used as a quarter page flyer that you can give out to passersby and others.
These necklace Tags can be made with heavy paper or stiff fabric and a string necklace. To make one, get a 6" x 9" a piece of heavy paper, fold it in half, make your climate action tag, then hang it over a long string or yarn necklace that is about 14.5" inches long. This tag can be worn while a person is doing errands, work, play and school. Because this necklace tag can be flipped up, it can be used like 4 signs. If needed, put a paper clip, clothespin or binder clip on the bottom of the sign to keep the tag flat. The necklace tag is one of Stele's faves.
A small postcard sized sign can be mounted like a flag on a chopstick or a straw by using a small binder clip, tape or paper clip. Or by making 2 small holes in the sign and threading the chopstick through the holes.
A little sign can also be mounted like a flag on a fork, by weaving the card in and out of the tines. See pic right.
A ball-cap hat with a sign can be made with little binder clips. Just flip the bill up and attach the sign to the front with the binder clip. See pic right.
Share pics of your Rebel or Strike signs, tags and props to our XOEarth Facebook, and your Facebook, social networks and beyond.
Script, dialog and chant ideas
+ "Stand with me to show that you oppose oil drilling in the arctic, the oceans and the forests..."
+ "Thanks for using less gasoline and fossil fuels to help our biosphere live longer so we can have more fun..."
+ "Stand with us if you promise to burn less fossil fuels this year to slow down climate change..."
+ "Stand with me if you promise to take actions to slow down that climate change monster this year..."
+ "Stand with me to show that try hard to use less gas, plastic and electricity so we can keep it in the ground..."
+ "Stand with us if you promise to eat less meat this year to help stop the climate change, hurricanes, fires and floods..."
+ "Please promise to not buy [a specific product name here] that is killing our biosphere."
+ "Please promise to not sell [a specific product] that is killing our biosphere."
+ "Please help or encourage your business to [state an specific action that is sustainable, humane and equitable]."
4 Million Big Climate Action Pledges Every Day
We are going to have to go BIG or we will go EXTINCT. So let's get 4 Million Big Climate Action Pledges everyday to stop the BIG climate change monsters that are trying to kill our Mother Earth.
In fact, if our sweet Earth's biosphere could talk, it would probably agree and even say, "Do you really love me? You DO?! Then please DO ask at get your peeps in businesses and governments to make a new or reaffirmed big climate pledge every day. Because, yesss, I think that if you humans can get 4 Million Big Climate Action Pledges Every Day for me, the eco logical actions that those people take will keep me cool enough that this nasty fever won't get a lot worse. Help me and I'll help you keep your Earth-life-party-thing going."
Rebel in businesses and governments
Before doing a Rebel block or protest action at or in a business or government, consider asking the peeps to pledge to start taking a specific Earth saving action, or to stop taking a specific Earth killing action. Ask them to sign a promise to do so. The pledge agreement does not have to be typed or fancy. An agreement that is handwritten is fine.
If the government official, business owner or manager promises to take the requested action, ask them to sign two copies of the pledge. One copy for them and one for you to share via social networks.
Then thank the person for agreeing to take the specific eco action and give them an XOEarth Award. In some way, celebrate with them for a moment, sing them a song, recite a poem or offer them some other kind of honoring.
If apropos, if it is a business that has pledged, buy something from that business.
Show the signed pledge to passersby on the street, invite them to thank the government official or business owner/manager.
If the government official or business owner/manager does not agree to the requests, but say they will consider the request, then say, "OK, will you please sign that you are going to evaluate this request?" If they say yes, then write these words on the bottom of the statement. "Big Climate Pledge to Consider. The (government official or business owner) of this business agrees that that they will consider this request to take [specific big climate action here]."
If apropos, share a picture of the signed agreement with social networks.
If a government official or business owner/manager says they will NOT stop taking the action that hurts our planet and the people, and will NOT sign an agreement to consider the request, THEN (while in front of the owner/ manager) on the bottom of the pledge write the date and a statement that the owner (or manager) has declined to sign this pledge. Sign your name. Then ask the business owner or manager sign.
When a Rebel action is a protest against a business or government, block an area or a representative fraction thereof on the sidewalk in front of the organization that represents the loss of habitat potential due to the Earth harming action that the business takes. Use XOEarth EcoFX to calculate or estimate that area. Walk around, stand on the border or sit in that area.
Rebel actions must be done peacefully when inside or outside of any business or government office.
It is crucial that we ask businesses and governments everyday face-to-face to promise to NOT buy, sell or support unsustainable products or programs, and honor them FOR selling or supporting sustainable and ethical products and programs.
It is important that we ask people eye-to-eye in businesses and governments everyday to promise to take actions to operate sustainably.
It is important that we ask people eye-to-eye in businesses to donate 24% of their profits to projects or environmental organizations that are protecting and restoring our damaged biosphere.
It is vital that we remind people in power everyday that they have the power to help extend the life of this exquisite planet so we can all have more fun.
Even if you don't know if the person that you are talking to or who is passing by is taking a specific action, you may want to say or call out, "Thanks for [specific big climate action]." Hopefully they will consider taking that action because you have thanked them in advance for that action.
Use XOEarth.org/EcoFX to show people in a business or government office how many square meters or square yards of habitat is being lost due to their unsustainable actions or due to them selling an unsustainable product.
XOEarth Honors has a bunch of fun ways to use your talents to honor businesses and others once they have pledged to take or have taken the ecological action that you have asked them to take.
Rebel Strike Pledge Honor
Rebel for all beings of the future
Strike for all life that loves to live
Pledge for all children not yet born
Honor for all lovers yet to kiss
For humankind, forest-kind, swimming-kind, flying-kind, tree kind, ocean-kind
I honor you for dedicating 140 minutes a day to stop the climate change monsters,
I honor you for investing 24% in environmental organizations and projects that help keep us cool,
I honor you for only accepting a job that heals the planet,
I honor you for eating vegan and helping others eat vegan too
Rebel for all the life that loves to live,
Strike for all the fish that love to swim,
Pledge for all the kids that want to play
Honor for all the moose that want to bugle
Rebel for all the owls that like to fly
Strike for all bees yet to buzz
Pledge for all trees yet to bloom
Honor for all lovers yet to kiss
I honor you for not using single use plastic, burning very little gasoline, not accepting a job that kills our earth
Rebel for all beings of the future
Strike for all life that loves to live
Pledge for all children not yet born
Honor for all lovers yet to kiss
Musicians and Artists:: Record or create a Rebel, Strike, FlashBlock, Pledge or Honor song, video, art, dance or media and we'll put it here or on the environmental songs page.
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