Inspirations for Activists

Each of us is put here in this time and this place to personally decide the future of humankind.
Did you think you were put here for anything less?
Chief Arvol Lookinghorse, Lakota Sioux

When the Earth seems to raise its own voice to the pitch of a gale, have we the ears to listen?
— Barbara Kingsolver

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
– Ann Frank

I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted, and behold, service was joy.
— Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Prize for Literature, India, 1861-1941

We are living is such amazing times, we get to watch as the whole world transitions back to a healthy, connected relationship with our Mother Earth, as well as each other. Let’s keep this snowball going, and continue working together, because together we will continue to create this change that we have been waiting for. If there is ever a time where you feel like giving up, just remember that there are many, many more people who are finally opening their eyes! Don’t give up, because this global shift is happening, right now, right before your eyes! We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
— Alanna Ketler

~ Hearts Afire

This is a call for all who care, 
a call for all who’s beauty and love of life has been enraged. 
Come, hold close together, the ground beneath us is shifting 
And the great mother burns at her core.

A word to the one whose heart is somehow not yet afire: We can stay silent no longer, complacent and still. There is no room left for apathy or greed.
Wake up. Rise up. Cry out!
Deganawidah, Great Peace Maker we call you. You who shown the way to our founding fathers. You who must never fade away.

Peia Jessyka Luzzi


Activism is the antidote to despair – Joan Baez

Don’t mourn, organize! — Mother Jones

Washing ones hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
— Paulo Freire, author of Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Brazil, 1921-1997

I think it would be good if we all became cheerleaders for our species. We need the encouragement. There is no survival value in being cynical as to our ability to change for the better.
— Will Bason

Do not lose hope …. we were made for these times. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.
— Clara Pinkola Estes

People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.
— Dorothy Day

“Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.” because Mother Earth will prevail !
-Philip Deer, a Muscogee Creek Elder
The wilderness is gonna give me strength to stand up and face whatever they throw at me.
— Dave Foreman, Earth First! co-founder, 1989 Jemez Rendezous, Andy Caffrey video

You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.
— Vandana Shiva

In the world there is a new collective force of people mobilising around the issue of peace but linking it to the need to protect the environment.
– Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner, Kenya

Hope is a verb with it’s sleeves rolled up – David Orr

Optimism is a political act – Howard Zinn

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