Viva la revolution! We have done it! We are officially a movement in the mainstream press. Blogging, reading and commenting, spreading the word, living consciously, embracing a lighter lifestyle, we should be proud. The world now knows we exist and hopefully more will leap onto our ever crowded but lower emitting bandwagon.
Now is not the time, however, to rest on our keyboards. A revolution cannot be lead only by shopping at the farmers' market or hanging our laundry up to dry in our backyards. Certainly, we must continue to do those things but we must also do more. In 2000, Michael Moore congratulated the country: "Way to go! In 1996, you helped set the all-time American record for lowest turnout ever at a presidential election. And during the 2000 primaries, nearly eighty percent staged a sit-in on their living room couches." In Simple Prosperity, David Wann likewise notes that we are out of practice in being in citizens.
Out of practice, though, doesn't mean out of possibility. I speak from experience when I write that it is like a riding a bike. You climb on and hope for the best. Each time, it is easier, smoother, more comfortable. I tend to be a hermit but, in the last year, I've started a green book club, set up a buying club for local meat and dairy products, spoken at a city council meeting, and, most recently, agreed to write a monthly newsletter for my city's green task force. These things are far out of my comfort zone but they are out of my house and into the community. Each step felt more natural than the last.
I am not urging you to march on Washington . . . yet. But I am asking you to get out from behind the computer, from behind your bread makers, solar cookers and battery chargers, out of your gardens and off your bikes, and be heard and seen. Look for green groups to join or start one. Investigate who and what is on the ballot and vote in every puny election. If a corporation does something that seems wrong, write them a letter, start a petition, knock on their door. If they do something right, cheer them on. When there is a need across the planet and you find yourself in a position to help, jump in. Spread the word amongst school and community listservs. Write letters to the editor, call the governor, or participate in a rally.
Blogging and individual changes will get us far but a million bloggers marching into their communities, into politics, into corporate America . . . that could get us all the way.