*Occupy XOEarth* is a daily solo or group protest by Earth lovers around the world that calls on everyone to help slow down climate change and save our dying biosphere.
*Occupy XOEarth* protests can ::
+ Be quick [5 minutes] and easy, or long and elaborate.
+ Be low in stress, inspiring and quite fun.
+ Invite audience participation in a protest.
+ Recruit new Earth defenders from audience.
+ Be a good video op to promote an eco message.
+ Be subtle and not an issue for a biz.
+ Have a low chance of being arrested.
+ Be an solo or a group action.
+ Use everyday items as props.
+ Use signs as small as a postcard.
+ Be challenging and scary - or not.
Ideas for your *Occupy XOEarth* protests - including handmade sign and call ::
[News and info about these and other protests is below, on our XOEarth Facebook and Twitter.]
+ Saturday: (sign) LESS GASOLINE = LESS EXTINCTION (call) "Stand with me [us] if you minimize your use of gasoline and/or jetfuel use or carbon offset."
+ Sunday: LESS MEAT = LESS HEAT = MORE LIFE "Please eat organic and plant based as much as possible to help slow down climate change."
+ Monday: THROW AWAY PLASTIC KILLS. REUSABLE SERVICEWARE SAVES. "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 a eco-logical job."
+ Wednesday: CARBON OFFSET TO BUY US MORE TIME "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 LOGICAL "Stand with us if you volunteer or donate to environmental organizations and candidates."
Here are just a few of many ways to do an Occupy XOEarth action ::
++ Stand somewhere in or outside of a business or public space. Take 14 plastic bags and attach them to your body, around your neck and on your head.
And maybe, take small pieces of plastic bags and stick them in your pockets, arm cuffs, and tucked in other places in your clothing. Stand on a few bags.
Then strike a pose. When people walk by, say, "Thanks for using less plastic to reduce the use of fracking gas, to help slow down the climate change monster".
++ Sit in front of a biz or public space. Take 8 empty motor oil bottles and attach them to your body, around your neck and on your head. And maybe, stick some pieces of black plastic bag or licorice in your ears, one nostril, a little piece hanging out of your mouth. Stand on a few bottles.
Then strike a pose. When people walk by, say, "Thanks for using burning less gasoline to help slow down the drilling for oil in our oceans and tar sand mining in our forests".
Occupy XOEarth's goal is to inspire and support millions of Earth lovers in their protests that will ::
+ Help slow down climate change and extend the life of our dying biosphere.
+ Help manifest a more peaceful, fair and livable society and world.
+ Stop the murder of this exquisite planet's lifeforms - humans included.
We recommend that *Occupy XOEarth* protests have a focus that ::
+ Encourages people to not buy a specific product that is killing our biosphere.
+ Encourages businesses to not sell specific products that is killing our biosphere.
+ Encourages people to make specific sustainable choices at home, play and work.
+ Encourages businesses to take an action that is sustainable, fair or humane.
More Occupy XOEarth script, call-outs, chant and dialog examples ::
+ "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..."
Occupy XOEarth inside of businesses can done in way to ::
+ Have a good chance that the business's management responds respectfully.
+ Have a good chance that customers are respectful and some supportive.
+ Honor a business for NOT buying or selling an unsustainable product, or FOR operating sustainably. [Although businesses may say - at least publicly - that they do not want to be honored in this way.]
So create your own Occupy XOEarth action(s) and do a protest every day, in some way. Why?Because your Occupy XOEarth actions will help extend the life of the planet so we all get the chance to have more fun on this exquisite planet Earth!!
PS: Occupy XOEarth hopes that other people and organizations will help inspire the billions of ecological protests our planet needs to manifest a more eco conscious and committed humanity.
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Biz Notes ::
Before doing an Occupy XOEarth, you MAY want to first ask the business to stop taking a specific Earth killing action. Ask them to sign a promise to do so. The agreement does not have to be typed or fancy. An agreement that is handwritten is fine.
If the manager or business owner says they will stop taking the Earth damaging action, ask the manager to sign two copies of the pledge, one for the business and one for you, that states that they will stop taking that environmentally bad action.
Then thank the business manager for agreeing to take the specified eco action and give them an XOEarth Award. If appropriate, celebrate with them for a moment, sing them a song, recite a poem, or offer a gift.
If appropriate, once they have said yes, buy something from that business, go outside the business to celebrate their agreement to take the stated ecological business action.
When a business signs a pledge to make their biz more eco, show the signed paper to passersby and invite them to celebrate the victory. Take a picture of the signed agreement and share it with your contacts.
If the manager or owner of the business says they will not agree to the requests, but say they will consider the request. Then say, "OK, will you please sign that you and your business's management will consider this request?" If they say yes, then write these words on the bottom of the statement. "This is only a statement of request. This manager (or owner) agrees that this business will consider this request(s)."
Take a picture of the signed agreement to consider, and email it to your contacts. Show the signed paper to passersby and invite them to cheer on the victory.
If a business 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 agreement write, on this day "date here" owner (or manager) "their name here" has refused to sign this request to consider. Signed, "your name here".
To make the occupy more relevant, occupy an area on the sidewalk in front of the business that represents the loss of habitat potential - or a representative fraction thereof - due to the Earth harming action that the business takes. Use *XOEarth ecofx* to calculation or estimate that area. Walk around, stand on the border or sit in that area.
For a more determined occupy action, tell the manager that you are going to occupy an area on the sidewalk in front of the business that represents the loss of habitat potential (or a representative fraction thereof) due to the Earth harming action that the business takes. Again, use *XOEarth ecofx* to calculation or estimate that area. Then walk around, stand on the border or sit in that area.
Random Notes ::
As an option to carrying a sign, a green and/or blue clothe or flag with the appropriate words and/or the planet drawn on it held up in the air, or a sign are good. Even small quarter page flyers about your action to give to passersby and customers are ok.
Twinkling the business Up or Down might go nicely with your *Occupy XOEarth* biz direct action.
XOEarth Honors has a bunch of rad ideas for how to use your talents or an XOEarth Award to honor businesses once they have taken the ethical eco action you have asked them to take. Offering the reward to the business when making a request is a respectful way to encourage them to make the change.
Other Occupy actions are typically longer and more intense than the XOEarth Occupy detailed here, so if you prefer to call it an XOEarth Stand, that's fine.
When doing an *Occupy XOEarth* with *ecofx* on the sidewalk in front of a business that is not eco ethical, call out the square meters or square yards of habitat being lost due to the business's shameful actions or sales.
Walk around the area as many times as necessary to represent the loss of habitat every time the business takes that anti-ecological action - or to represent multiples of that area.
The thankyou to a business that agrees to take or consider taking an ecological action does not have to be a big thing. It could be a song, a poem, a drawing, an apple or a signed XOEarth Award that you can print at XOEarth.org/honors, a cartwheel or thousands of other cool things.
When occupying it is good to wear something that indicates that we are taking environmental actions in our own lives. One way to do that is to put on the XO (X drawn with a dot as a human, and an O drawn as the earth) on clothing, backpacks, personal items and skin as a tattoo (temporary or not). The XO drawn this way could become a universal symbol of environmental commitment.
Share your Occupy actions via your Facebook, email, XOEarth facebook and beyond.
XOEarth.org/twinkle / Twinkle the Biz
Chris Hedges / The Visionless Society
Chris Hedges / Chris Hedges "Fascism in the Age of Trump"
Occupy XOEarth here to change the people's minds,
for the benefit of humankind (forest-kind, swimming-kind, flying-kind, tree kind, ocean-kind,)
(using styrofoam, using excess plastic bags, selling bottled water, burning excess gasoline, not carbon offsetting, taking a job that kills, eating unsustainable food) is a shame
Please, oh please, stop it now
Please, oh please, help save the day,
For all the life that loves to live,
for all the fish that love to swim,
for all the kids that want to play
for all the lovers that want to kiss
for all the moose that want to bugle
for all the owls that like to fly
/by stele, tyombe, feather
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Musicians :: Record an XOEarth.org Occupy song and we'll add it here or elsewhere on XOEarth.org or environmental songs page.
Artists :: Do a video, art, dance or media for this song and we'll add it here, and maybe on our home page or environmental songs page.
Fans :: Donate $1 or more to sponsor a better version or recording of this song. Donate $44 or more to get a shared copyright certificate for this song or your choice of one of our other environmental songs.