Social movement — where and when it happens
Protecting water, land, and air is critical to the overall health of this planet we call home. Too often, short term thinking dominates policy made by governments and public officials. First Nations groups in Canada have fought long and hard against that short term thinking for the last two years, connected by a hashtag that is also a rallying cry: #idlenomore. While it started as a protest, it became an overall grassroots movement for indigenous sovereignty, indigenous rights and respect for already agreed upon treaties.
Like #ArabSpring, #Ferguson, and other social movements, Idle No More is a way for activists and regular people to connect, share information, and band together to protect each other and to protect the earth and resources that we all share. A Localweb.is URL like /idlenomore could be used to supplement those efforts, and enable local action. Leaders of the movement could use it to organize protests and political action, ordinary citizens could use it to connect, and it can be a tool to document what’s happening in rural and semi-rural areas. Because what you see in Localweb.is is dependent on where you are, information can be spread where it needs to, and stay local where that makes sense, too.
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