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Diane Wilson

August 13, 2007

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When I did my first hunger strike on a shrimp boat in Texas in l991, a savvy, environmentalist friend said it was the stupidest thing he had ever heard of. Nobody did hunger strikes in Texas. Maybe in California or India, but certainly not Texas. Another thing, he said, an activist never does what her community isn’t ready for. And my little Gulf coast fishing community was not ready for what I was fixing to pull. Still I sat on a Gulf shrimp boat in Lavaca Bay—two strikes against me– until a local shrimper threatened to threw me overboard if I didn’t get off his dang boat.

I had never done a hunger strike before. I was a woman shrimp boat captain. What the heck did I know of civil disobedience? I grew up in the ’60’s, alright, but I wasn’t a flower child. In the 60’s I was a solitary teen who loved the hot Texas bays and spent half my time sitting in the tide. No wonder I loved shrimping. But there comes a time, as it does in most people’s life’s, when the home needs protecting and the line needs drawing, and anybody who doesn’t act, acts at their own peril. It, also, just so happened, that the orthodox route (working inside the box) wasn’t working any more—surprise surprise– and seemed to be taking us where we seem to be headed. In that instance in l991 in Texas, where our small Texas coastal county was headed was a gigantic petrochemical take over by Formosa Plastics, a notorious polyvinyl chloride polluter that had been kicked out of its home base in Taiwan. Now Formosa was coming to Texas. Or Louisiana. Whichever state treated them the best. And Texas was treating them plenty good. So my hunger strike was a desperate, last ditch attempt to save my home bay.

A hunger strike comes from a different place than the head. It comes from the heart. It isn’t a coincidence that all, or most all, of Gandhi’s hunger strikes were decided suddenly. The planning might have taken some time, but the decision to do it came sudden, spontaneously. Gandhi actually counseled some people not to do a hunger strike and it wasn’t because he thought their bodies couldn’t take it or that they were already too skinny, it was because Gandhi, spiritually man that he was, knew that a hunger strike is all about an inner arena. Gandhi called it ‘soul power.’ I didn’t call it nothing back in 199l— but intuitively (knowing as how I knew myself) I knew that if I thought long and hard about that decision on the hunger strike, a rational cold blooded dancer would take a knife to everything I loved and held dear. And what I loved was the bay and the marshes and the birds that flew over and the fish that swim under that water.

So while I had no resources–things like money and people and media support– I did have myself and a belief in a living breathing bay and so I committed myself to a hunger strike that nobody believed in. That first hunger strike succeeded beyond my wildest hopes. Good enough that folk’s figured a bold man must be behind me somewhere.

Reposted from www.11thhouraction.com

by Diane Wilson

11th Hour Review – Grist

August 13, 2007

The environmental webzine Grist has a good review of the 11th Hour. 

If this film gains popular exposure and acceptance, the impetuous to change our society will never be stronger. I’ve been in the streets on this fundamental issue for many years, this may be the thing that brings the soccer moms and senior citizens out there with the us 20-somethings too.

Speaking with Nadia, she philosophized that real change may not happen until this is seen as a human rights movement. Comparing this movement with the civil rights movement, and the amount of social unrest and cohesion which propelled that through the laggard politicians of the day.

This movie is transideological, caring about the quality of life for the future of humanity should never be wrapped up transient and petty politics, religion, or business. When sustainability is not built into these institutions, they do not exist for long on this earth.

Well, perhaps your reading of this review shows someone a little over-enthused on the subject. I contend that watching this movie will give you exactly this empowered sense. As Bill McDonough says we get to imagine what it means to “re-design design itself.” This is really the context of the movie, the path that humanity must walk if our culture is to survive.

 Reposted from www.11thhouraction.com/blog

from Joe Costello

Leading Man Leads a ‘Green Revolution’

August 12, 2007

Top Story on Nightline:

 

” Leonardo DiCaprio says it was years ago when then-Vice President Al Gore took the time to explain to him the phenomenon of global warming and what it means for Earth.

 

“I was terrified, “DiCaprio said. “I think I was terrified, like anyone would be. And I didn’t quite understand the connection that we had as human beings and the fact that we could literally alter our climate in that way.”

 

Now the 32-year-old actor, whose career skyrocketed even as the on-screen Titanic sunk, is a passionate advocate for the environment and saving the planet. His documentary “The 11th Hour,” set for release this week, presents an argument that says, in a nutshell, “Time is running out. You need to listen and believe it.”

 

See the rest of the story here: http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=3466584&page=1

Leonardo on The 11th Hour and the Environment

August 9, 2007

Here’s a good one on one video clip of Leonardo talking about the film, how he became aware of environmental problems, and how we can meet the challenges we face:

http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=141051

Also AP video has nice piece with Leonardo and then with Leila and Nadia. Leila asks people to come to 11thhouraction.com, check it out:

http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=49750&cl=3632843&ch=68276&src=news

And from last night’s Los Angeles Premiere

Reposted from www.11thhouraction.com/blog

from Joe Costello

DiCaprio’s 11th Hour Features Real Environmental Superstars

August 8, 2007

Olivia Zaleski –

“Two weeks ago, fellow Treehugger George Spyros and I had the opportunity to catch a sneak preview of Leonardo Dicaprio’s The 11th Hour. Appropriately, the screening was held outdoors and under the stars at Marders, an organic nursery in Long Island. The film’s mantra, “Consume Less Live More.” Ironically, an adjacent shopping center blared signage for Gap, Yankee Candle Co, and T.J. Maxx.

 

A reference to the very last moment when change is possible, The 11th Hour, explores humanity’s past, present, and future: how we came to meet this desperate tipping point, how we live and impact our earth’s ecosystems, and what we must do to ensure a worthwhile future.

 

The film is a collection of vivid imagery accompanied by commentary and meditation from an impressive collection of political leaders, designers, and visionaries—a proverbial team of environmental rock stars. Cast members include former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, scientist Stephen Hawking, and sustainable design authority William McDonough. . . to name a few. In total, the film features 50 independent voices, bringing expertise, experience, and emotion to the crisis at hand. Their words are informative, powerful, and inspiring—perhaps some of the great quotes of our time…”

 

See Treehugger for the whole article:

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/08/dicaprios_11th.php

 

 

Reposted from www.11thhouraction.com/blog

from dana

Paul Hawken’s “Blessed Unrest”

August 8, 2007

Paul Hawken has some wondeful thoughts in “The 11th Hour,” his book is reviewed here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/05/books/review/Sullivan-t.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

 

“Blessed Unrest” is about a movement that no one has noticed, not even the people involved. “The movement,” as Paul Hawken calls it, is made up of an unknowable number of citizens and mostly ragtag organizations that come and go. But when you do see it, you understand it to include NGOs, nonprofit agencies and a seemingly disparate range of people who might describe themselves as environmental activists, as well as people who might not describe themselves as anything at all but are protesting labor injustices, monitoring estuaries, supporting local farming or defending native people from being robbed of the last forests. There are a few billionaires, working hard to give their wealth away, and there are even some Christian evangelicals, who have decided the earth is not theirs to trash, but the movement is mostly about shared beliefs, even if those beliefs are unproclaimed. “Life is the most fundamental human right,” Hawken writes, “and all of the movements within the movement are dedicated to creating the conditions for life, conditions that include livelihood, food, security, peace, a stable environment and freedom from external tyranny.”

 

“Sustainability, ensuring the future of life on earth, is an infinite game, the endless expression of generosity on behalf of all,” he says. Hawken, it seems, is hoping for a miracle, which by definition is possible only because it’s impossible. At the very least, knowing that other people are thinking along those lines makes such a thing seem a little more likely.

 

Reposted from www.11thhouraction.com/blog

 

from Joe Costello

Leonardo on Nightline – Ask him a question

August 6, 2007

Leonardo will be on Nigthline, Friday Night, August 10th. Go to the Nightline site:

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/story?id=3444889

Leonardo DiCaprio’s new documentary “11th Hour” will examine the state of the global environment. In an interview with “Nightline” airing on Friday, August 10th, DiCaprio will talk about his new film, as well as ways he thinks you can help live greener life.

Do YOU have a question to ask Leonardo DiCaprio about the environment?

Please send your questions in by Tuesday, August 7th, and he will answer one of them on air on Friday night

Reposted from www.11thhouraction.com/blog

from Joe Costello

Going on the 11th Hour Press Tour

August 3, 2007

So we are about to embark on The 11th Hour press tour. Leo will be joining us for some of it. I am very interested to see how the message of our film is received around the country. I’ll report back on how it goes!

Reposted from http://www.11thhouraction.com/blog

from Leila Conners Peterson

Leila Conners Peterson and Nadia Conners

 

The Value of Nature

August 3, 2007

So, to continue with the Tree riff, I was reading The Economist this week and there was an interesting article about the value of urban trees. We so often take trees, and most of nature, for granted. We don’t often think of their economic value. So, in this article, they calulcated that the value of an urban tree can be as high as $100,000, even more! Because the tree is doing valuable things like cleaning air and water, providing habitat and lots of other things. To put that in perspective, the tree that may grow in front of your house is 2 to 3 times more valuable than the car parked in the driveway. And the tree is only valuable if it is living; not dead. So don’t cut it down and think you can sell it for that amount. The point of the article and what we all are beginning to understand is that the things that nature does for us for free are worth a whole lot of money, in some cases it is invaluable, and we have not recongized it or undestood its value. It is now time to do so.

 

Reposted from http://www.11thhouraction.com/blog

by Leila Conners Peterson

The 11th Hour

August 2, 2007

Friend,

 

I am writing to tell you about my new environmental film, “The 11th Hour.” The film documents the environmental crises we face and the solutions we must begin to implement.

 

Please take a look at the trailer here: http://www.11thhouraction.com/trailer

 

With the help of over fifty of the world’s most prominent thinkers and activists, including reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, “The 11th Hour” documents the grave problems facing the planet’s life systems. Global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction, and depletion of the oceans’ habitats are all addressed.

 

However, the most powerful element of “The 11th Hour” is not a portrait of a planet in crisis, but an offering of hope and solutions. The film ends with a call for restorative action through reshaping human activity.

 

“The 11th Hour” is opening on August 17th in New York and Los Angeles. On the 24th it opens in other cities, and in the following weeks across the country. It would be great if you could go see it and bring a friend. You can go to www.11thhouraction.com to get more information on the movie and when it will play near you.

 

We need the message of this movie to hit as far and wide as possible.

The hope is us. Let’s begin.

 

Thank You,

Leonardo DiCaprio

 

P.S. Please feel free to use the code here http://www.11thhouraction.com/trailer to embed the trailer on your website!