Since publishing, “Answering the Question of our Time, Together,” I have received lots of excellent feedback on Human Climate Movement strategy, and on the Human Climate Pledge itself. I have revised the Pledge to incorporate this feedback. (And, in a week or so, I will release a revised version of the proposal.)
**This Pledge is for the United States; my hope is that other democratic countries can adapt the Pledge, and the Pledge App, and utilize a parallel, allied organizing strategy. But since the Pledge relies primarily on an electoral mechanism, and electoral processes differ from country to country–such as in whether citizens vote for individuals or for parties– it seems that the Pledge needs to be country-specific.
As usual, let me know what you think
THE HUMAN CLIMATE PLEDGE
Humanity is at a crossroads. We are in grave danger. Climate change threatens me, my family, my country, and civilization itself. Thus, fighting climate change is a moral and strategic imperative. It must be our top political and societal priority. Following the example of the American effort during World War II: we must act with common purpose, shared sacrifice, and steely resolve. The United States must mobilize all Americans, sectors of society, and international allies to fight this crisis.
We can be passive, helpless victims of climate change, or we can fight back, together.
I pledge to:
Vote for candidates in local, state, and national elections who have signed the Human Climate Pledge, whenever they are running against a candidate who has not.
Only give time or money to political candidates who sign the Human Climate Pledge.
Spread the truth of climate change to people I care about and respect, sharing the Human Climate Pledge with them.
Encourage academic, religious, environmental, political, professional and community organizations in your area to endorse the Pledge.
Contribute my unique skills, talents, and energy to the climate fight. This could be through local adaptation and mitigation projects, gardening or community agriculture, scientific or scholarly research, art, installing renewable energy sources, political activities, social movement strategizing, and myriad other possibilities.
Most importantly: I pledge bravely face the fearsome reality of climate change. I will forsake denial, and strive to live each day in climate truth.