Green Horizon Magazine

Perhaps “Catch the Green Wave”

December 12th, 2012  |  Published in Letters  |  1 Comment

A Letter from Barbara Rodgers-Hendricks

I’d like to comment briefly on several articles in last spring’s issue (Spring/Summer 2012).

Sam Smith concludes that “it is left to us – in our towns, counties and states, to redefine and change our nation to the way it should be.” He advises the Green Party to run only local and state candidates. In general, I agree. I would make an exception for a presidential candidate, however.

If we are to be taken seriously as a political party, I think we must have a presidential candidate on the ballot in all the states. But this candidate should be a dyed-in-the- wool Green. Jay Walljasper uses the word “commons” to denote valuable assets which belong to everyone– “from clean air to wildlife preserves; the judicial system to the Internet; informal social networks that hold communities together to genetic building blocks of life”.

He speaks my language. I feel as though we are old friends, because I was reading the Utne Reader while he was editor. Scott McLarty’s piece on George Lakoff offers an instructive challenge to the Green Party: find your narrative! McLarty/Lakoff states that people do not generally make logical choices, especially in politics. “They often succumb to ruling class propaganda.”

They cite the civil rights movement as an example of a potent narrative. The Green Party needs a phrase such as “Catch the wave”, although that particular phrase is not self-explanatory. Perhaps “Catch the green wave”, huh? And we need music. A jingle maybe. A catchy tune with simple lyrics. Attempts have been made in the past to come up with a theme song, but nothing has caught on. As I read the first couple paragraphs of Rensenbrink’s article on “Catching the Wave”, I was reminded that, in the late nineties, many Green Party candidates used the slogan “Neither right nor left but upfront.” I have not noticed it being used lately, but it seemed to resonate at the time.

Rensenbrink advises Greens not to try to take the world on our shoulders.

That causes burn-out. “There’s a vibrant, creative, life [already] out there”, he says. “Don’t assume a separation.”

What we should strive to be is a catalyst to help enable good things to happen that are beginning to happen but would otherwise not bear fruit. Good advice.

In the twenty or so years I have been in the Green Party, I have seen many burn-outs, and experienced some myself.

A wonderful and freeing image for me is “Catching the Wave.”


One Comment

  1. Oliver Swingler says:

    Hope you like this song.
    Best wishes, Oliver
    Ps. If you do like, please feel free to pass it on via Facebook etc (and indeed sing it!)

    What can we do about global warming?
    (to the tune of ‘What can we do with the drunken sailor?’)

    Chorus: What can we do about global warming?
    What can we do about global warming?
    What can we do about global warming?
    Shrink our carbon footprint!

    1. Walk, cycle, bus and train
    Car share, avoid the plane
    Holiday at home, learn to love the rain
    Shrink our carbon footprint!

    2. Insulate homes and get them lined
    Stop oil, gas and coal being mined
    Use tidal, solar, wind and find we’ll
    Shrink our carbon footprint!


    3. Organic, local, seasonal eating
    Recycle, mend, turn down the heating
    Share, cooperate, stop competing
    Shrink our carbon footprint!

    Watch out! The seas are rising
    Cry out! The seas are rising
    Bale out! The seas are rising
    Save our lovely planet!

    4. Don’t believe the greenwash, keep on prying
    Tax millionaires, stop envy buying
    Climate change deniers, they’re all lying
    Shrink our carbon footprint!

    We can do a lot about global warming
    We can do a lot about global warming
    We can do a lot about global warming
    Save our lovely planet!

    Lyrics by Oliver Swingler and Making Waves choir, Cullercoats, UK – Version 3 March 2013

    Ps. BBC Gardeners’ World Live responded to the lyrics with “Thank you very much Oliver, everyone in our office is loving it! And they now appear on the Eco Fashion World website, no less:
    courtesy of Magaly Fuentes-Sagan, the Owner/Editor-in-Chief

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