In Spanish speaking Latin America, and now in some other countries, there is a form of protest where people bang pots, pans, and other utensils to make a political point or register their displeasure. It’s particularly effective in densely populated cities, where people can protest without leaving their homes. The Spanish term is cacerolazo.
In pot banging diplomacy quantity matters. There needs to be critical mass before the authorities feel compelled to respond.
Potentially the Blue Sky movement could colour our suburbs blue, but if not countless conversations will be engendered and you never know where that might lead!
After the last election some friends of my younger brother Len, feeling blue, decided to turn blue into an optimistic colour, and invented the Blue Sky movement. To join all you have to do is ‘like’ the Facebook site put something blue on your front footpath visible from the road, take a photo and post it on the site. And take the Blue Sky Pledge, which includes reducing your own emissions, displaying blue for 12 months, and encouraging others to join.
Here’s one example:
We’ve just joined. This makes me wince:
I’m actually standing with my heels on a pile of yet to be distributed forest mulch, so I’m not that tall.
The blue plastic is an offcut from a new swimming pool cover. Having a swimming pool is not recommended to produce low electricity bills. We’d gladly fill it in and grow vegetables, but that would cost a small fortune. We are planning to post a laminated Blue Sky flier on the wooden fence, which would be easily visible from the footpath, frequented by walkers heading for nearby parks.
If you click on “Community” or “About” at the head of the Blue Sky FB page and then click “more” you’ll get the full Blue Sky spiel.
The goals of Blue Sky are –
* To provide a simple and easy way in which people can show their support for action on climate change.
* To encourage participants in their attempts to reduce their own carbon footprint.
* To encourage others to take climate change seriously
* To build the support for meaningful action and a sense of urgency for this action to be undertaken.
* To encourage as many people as possible to make the Blue Sky pledge.
I’ve included the link to the Blue Sky Facebook page in the sidebar list of Selected Climate Sites. Blue Sky FB is often used to share links.
Whereas cacerolazo requires considerable effort and is necessarily limited in time, once you make the effort of joining Blue Sky the deed is done and the effect continues. And it costs nothing.
Note: I outlined several forms of activism including Blue Sky in Climate clippings 87 last November.