Challenge: folks who aren’t on board with your message
Solution: be civil, be passionate, be accurate
On the Occupy Houston website, somebody from outside the movement posted the following question: Houston’s Energy Day is a family-oriented festival. Why target it? Aren’t there better things to protest?
I answered that question. Occupy grabbed my post and used it in their announcement about Energy Day. Here’s what I had to say:
Here’s why we’re targeting family-oriented Energy Day.
Its dominant sponsor is the Consumer Energy Alliance, a “non-profit, non-partisan” organization that talks about having a balanced view and then gives deeply biased information. For example, they discuss the Keystone XL pipeline, but only favorably. They never mention the NASA scientists who say that burning the tar sands oil will lead to the extinction of 20-40% of the species alive today.
CEA is using Energy Day to sell a lopsided business-at-all-costs message, which is disguised as “reasonable” because of renewable energy components, to vulnerable children. This is how entire generations are controlled. These kids will grow into adults with mental schemes that favor economic expansion over ensuring that our only home continues to be livable.
I don’t vilify anyone who works in the O&G industry. You’re just making a living. The O&G companies simply need to commit to the inevitable process of converting their infrastructures towards renewable sources. O&G will fight as hard as it can not to change until after every drop of oil is burned and the planet is wrecked, and as long as business controls our government, they’ll win. Hence Occupy Houston.