Action to Heal the (Titanic)Nuclear Madness


Let’s Not Just Rearrange the Deck Chairs on the Titanic(Nuclear Madness):



Whatever you choose to do, let it be part of a learning process. We have used a framework developed by sister Joanna Macy to present the many different and necessary actions that can address the current world nuclear crisis.

The Great Turning is the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization. There are three dimensions of the Great Turning:

1. Holding actions to slow the damage to Earth and her beings
2. Understanding structural causes and creating structural alternatives
3. Shifting consciousness

These dimensions are mutually reinforcing. Don’t try to do everything. Let your heart guide you to what will work for you—find one place to start and friends to join you, then the rest emerges as you go.


1. Holding actions to slow the damage to Earth and her beings

NuclearScreamPerhaps the most visible dimension of the Great Turning, these activities include all the political, legislative, and legal work required to reduce the destruction, as well as direct actions–blockades, boycotts, nonviolent civil disobedience –also known as moral civil obedience–, and other forms of refusal. What would you do if, for example, you were willing to go to jail? A few examples:

    • Blowing the whistle on illegal and unethical corporate practices; it is time to boycott, divest and non-cooperate with institutions proliferating nuclear weapons, like the University of California –until the administration of this institution severs ties with the nuclear weapons laboratories at Los Alamos and Livermore. Some examples around putting principles before profits and titles: nonviolent direct action to disrupt “business as-usual”; hunger strike 2007, non-cooperation: Slow Down, Slow Food, Slow Science.
    • Do and/or support  a pilgrimage to sacred sites like the Peace Walk for a Nuclear Free World done in California to shut down nuclear plants.
    • Nuclear Disarmament is People’s Work like this victory in court for public safety and transparency in nuclear oversight.
    • Go to Mothers for Peace Facebook (FB) page, and read the hundreds of articles posted there as you have time. Check out all the other anti-nuke groups on FB and spread the word from them.
    • Subscribe to Nuclear Information Resource Service (NIRS) and follow up on their action requests. Spread the word to your family and friends.
    • Subscribe to FaireWinds for reliable analysis by former industry expert.
    • Join the Sierra Club No Nukes Activist Network
    • Write to each member of our Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about what is known as the Waste Confidence Rule. Urge them to move irradiated fuel rods out of pools and into dry cask storage at each site. Because transportation compounds the danger, no interim storage sites are acceptable except for where they are right now, onsite.
    • Participate in petitions to stop plans to release radioactive metal into recycled products and landfills.
    • Activism, awareness and world citizenship, serving the movement with a click.

Work of this kind is essential; it buys time; it saves some lives, and some ecosystems, species, and cultures, as well as some of the gene pool, for the sustainable society to come. But, by itself, it is insufficient to bring that society about.


2. Understanding structural causes and creating structural alternatives

MayumiEarthGoddessThe second dimension of the Great Turning is equally crucial. To free ourselves and our planet from the damage being inflicted by the Industrial Growth Society, we must understand its dynamics. What are the tacit agreements that create obscene wealth for a few, while progressively impoverishing the rest of humanity? What interlocking causes indenture us to an insatiable economy that uses our Earth as supply house and sewer? It is not a pretty picture, and it takes courage and confidence in our own common sense to look with open eyes; but we are demystifying the workings of the global economy. When we see how this system operates, we are less tempted to demonize the politicians and corporate CEOs who are in bondage to it. And for all the apparent might of the Industrial Growth Society, we can also see its fragility–how dependent it is on our obedience, and how doomed it is to devour itself.

In addition to learning how the present system works, we are also creating structural alternatives. In countless localities, like green shoots pushing up through the rubble, new social and economic arrangements are sprouting. Not waiting for our national or state politicos to catch up with us, we are banding together, taking action in our own communities. Flowing from our creativity and collaboration on behalf of life, these actions may look marginal, but they hold the seeds for the future.
Some of the initiatives in this dimension:


3. Shifting consciousness

earth_flag“I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow.” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.


These structural alternatives cannot take root and survive without deeply ingrained values to sustain them. They must mirror what we want and how we relate to Earth and each other. They require, in other words, a profound shift in our perception of reality–and that shift is happening now, both as cognitive revolution and spiritual awakening.

The insights and experiences that enable us to make this shift are accelerating, and they take many forms. They arise as grief for our world, giving the lie to old paradigm notions of rugged individualism, the essential separateness of the self. They arise as glad response to breakthroughs in scientific thought, as reductionism and materialism give way to evidence of a living universe. And they arise in the resurgence of wisdom traditions, reminding us again that our world is a sacred whole, worthy of adoration and service. The many forms and ingredients of this dimension include:


  • What if we were the Earth herself? Who would we bomb? Who would we poison with radioactive material? Share the experience of what astronauts felt when they were in space in this 19 minute video.
  • From revenge to forgiveness. Be inspired by the story of Hiroshima survivor, brother Takashi Tanemori, who is blind, lost both of his parents and two sisters due to the radiation of the atomic bomb dropped at his hometown. Takashi-and-YukiAfter conquering his rage for revenge through forgiveness, now has become an icon of the change we want to see in the Earth.
  • Dismantle the bomb from the inside-out. Fasting is a powerful tool to understand how our mind works. Born in Los Alamos, brother Alaric Balibrera, whose father used to work at the labs, has a story to share during his  2012 fast.
  • Learn the true connections between nuclear power and climate change and help to dispel the fallacy of a “Nuclear Renaissance” as remedy for climate disaster. Read Gar Smith’s new book, Nuclear Roulette.
  • Hisoshima-Fukushima-Livermore-Two-headed-dragonUnderstand the ongoing nuclear disaster in Fukushima within the context of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: A “Two-Headed Dragon” Descends into the Earth’s Biosphere.
  • Organize educational or action events in your community to make March (Fukushima) and August (Hiroshima) “Nuclear-Free Awareness Months.”
  • Spread ARTivism:

May we realize that we are the Earth herself.

May we all be moved by Great Love.

May all become compassionate, courageous and wise.


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2 Responses to Action to Heal the (Titanic)Nuclear Madness

  1. Kelle says:

    Remarkable issues here. I’m very glad to see your post. Thanks so much and I’m taking a look ahead to contact you. Will you please drop me a e-mail?

    • Pancho says:

      Greetings dear Kelle! 🙂

      May this email find you well.

      Your email address bounced as nonexistent.

      How can I serve you?

      Make a ONEderful day! 🙂
      If you want to be a rebel, be kind. Human-kind, be both.
      In big hugs + big smiles + service + solidarity + insurgent learning
      Planetizing the Movement of the Ahimsa (R)evolution from some corner of our round borderless country…

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