Martin Luther King Day

Last year Mike wrote:

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. To celebrate the legacy of this great man, TreeHugger would like to encourage all of you to watch or read his famous "I have a Dream" speech (there's more to it than the title, which seems to be the only thing that pop culture references...) and be inspired by this inclusive and forward-looking vision. This is what the green movement needs: To reach out to everybody regardless of the color of their skin, their religion (or lack of), their economic status or political affiliations, etc.

But his influence shows up elsewhere in TreeHugger:

Gandhi, King, and Climate Change


Guest poster Jonathan F. P. Rose writes three years ago:


In recent days we commemorated the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., who died 40 years ago this month. And some have also recalled that King was influenced by Gandhi, learning from Gandhi's Satyagraha or "truth force" movement the nonviolent tactics that ultimately made the civil rights movement a success.

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Mass Mobilization, Direct Action Needed Locally & Nationally to Stop Climate Change


Bill McKibben writes about the need for mass mobilization to fight climate change:

We're making progress, but not as fast as the physical situation is deteriorating. Time is not on our side, so we've concluded that going forward mass direct action must play a bigger role in this movement, as it eventually did in the suffrage movement, the civil-rights movement, and the fight against corporate globalization....Our actions must be infused with the spirit of Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and other peaceful protesters before us. No violence, no property damage.


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