Sam Daley-Harris helped develop a model of advocacy that empowered citizens to connect directly with lawmakers. He reveals the sources for his inspiration. Lessons learned from his parents, their faith and public witness along with insights he gained from his twelve years playing in the Miami Philharmonic orchestra directly contributed to his success in addressing world hunger, promoting micro-loans for the poor, and in training climate advocates. Another climate advocate, Glen Retief, had the opportunity to take on the rebel role during the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa. He stood up to the racist policies of his government, but did so through the role of advocate. You will hear about the seemingly impossible task of turning his country around and the extraordinary lessons learned that he now applies to his work in promoting solutions to climate change.
Read Sam Daley-Harris' book Reclaiming Our Democracy: https://www.reclaimingourdemocracy.com
Learn more about Glen Retief and his book, The Jack Bank--A Memoir of a South African Childhood: http://glenretief.com
Elizabeth Doud takes on the role of Siren Jones in her one-person performance, The Mermaid Tear Factory. Based in Miami, Florida, she has been a catalyst to engage other artists in conversations around climate change. Each year she helps organize Climakaze Miami. https://www.climakazemiami.org
She explains why she sees Miami as the city of the future. She also explains why artists need to break away from telling the story of climate science and instead dig deep into the hard emotions around climate change.
You attended one of the recent student walk-out demonstrations. While there you spoke to a parent, Claire. Claire’s daughter was a protest organizer. You tell Claire how you speak to legislators about laws that will address fossil fuel pollution. You see yourself as an advocate, working in the system to bring about change. Claire confesses, “I would never have the patience for that. I am so angry and I need to protest.” She then asks, “So why do you do that kind of advocacy work instead of protesting and civil disobedience?”
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