Building a movement for radical social change may require working with people that have different perspectives than ourselves. At the same time, we know that we are all united in our resistance against those who are driving the destruction of people and the planet.
Developing actions agreements allow people from many backgrounds, movements and beliefs to work together within a framework of respect, trust and accountability. Organizing and action agreements also help ensure that our actions fit within both the context of community struggles and our global resistance to the climate crisis.
We urge people to engage in nonviolent resistance and to embrace the following guidelines when taking action in the name of Beyond Talk: CPR for the Planet!
Making a decision to risk arrest is not to be made lightly. It is a choice to exercise your power in a very effective way, but there are consequences that can be serious. We have provided you a variety of resources on this website to help you understand the history and practice of nonviolent direct action and civil disobedience and how to exercise our power responsibly.
Some people have expressed the concern that they are interested in doing civil disobedience, but cannot do it all the time and are therefore confused about which pledge to sign. Not all pledge signers can do actions, which will definitely result in arrest every time there is a demonstration. Each time there is a national signal calling for civil disobedience, or the local CPR group decides that it is time to act and use civil disobedience, each affinity group decides on its participation, and each person in that affinity group decides on how to participate. Every person looks at her or his personal situation, commitment, and the urgency of what is happening to the climate and makes a decision. Those that cannot pledge to perform civil disobedience can still join the Climate Change Pledge of Resistance through legal protest and support.
For the purposes of Climate Change Pledge of Resistance actions, we ask all pledge signers to make a commitment to the Organizing and Action Agreements to the left.