Six Tuesdays, 5 – 6:30 pm PT
This class series is designed to educate, inspire, empower, and activate deeper and more effective Earth activism among its participants. Each class will include presentations by Tim Ream and a guest presenter, with small groups and plenary discussion. Love for the Earth is a prerequisite. No activist experience required.
Week 1. You’re Already an Activist!
Who are activists? What is activism? What are we each already doing to create a just and sustainable world? Where is the intersection of your passion and your abilities? What is “winning”?
Week 2. Life or Work? Or Both?
The many dimensions of lifestyle as action. Environmental careers. Volunteering. Taking activism everywhere.
Week 3. Direct Action Gets the Goods
Vanguards. Movement Builders. Story makers. Storytellers. Leadership.
Week 4. The Intersection of Eco and Everything
Environmental history. Environmental justice. Indigenous rights. Biocentrism.
Week 5. Activist tools
Information as power. Organizing and campaigning. No greater activism than fostering more activists. Politics and bureaucracies. Goals, strategies, tactics. Paths to victory.
Week 6. Spiritual Practice and Action
Change within. Motivating yourself and others. Comrades and enemies. Violence and non-violence. Burn out and grief. Love.
Tim Ream is a long-time Earth activist and Zen practitioner. He received lay intiation from Tenshin Reb Anderson in 1994 and has since engaged in frequent, intensive residential practice, mostly at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Green Gulch Farm. Tim is an organizer, campaigner, writer, film maker, and environmental attorney. His activism spans everything from direct action and civil disobedience like tree-sitting and road blockading to successful lawsuits to protect wolves and other species.