See you on the streets


I’ve never been to a protest in my life. I’m a stay-at-home, read books about the issues, extreme introvert kind of person.

I like to believe that had I lived at the turn of the last century, I would’ve been a suffragette fighting for the right to vote.  Had I lived in the middle of the last century I would’ve protested against the war in Vietnam, I would’ve marched on Washington and cheered wildly as Martin Luther King declared he had a dream.

But I’m braver (and faster on the uptake) in my head than in real life and so I’ve been slower to see how climate justice is the war of our time. If terrorism threatened the kind of catastrophic events that we’re promised are in store if we don’t change, there’d be no hesitation, no doubt. We’d find the resources and the will to stop it in its tracks.

Why aren’t we doing that right now?

Because change is hard.

We want to deny that we need to change. We want to pretend it will all be ok.

But another word for change is transformation and another word for the transformation you undergo because you care enough to protect what is vulnerable is love.

For someone like me, with the kind of life I live, it’s not brave to strike today. But I hope that by joining the tens of thousands doing so it shows solidarity for those young people and activists across the world who do take risks to show up for the future and love of our planet.

See you on the streets.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. ironicus15 says:

    Good luck today. BUT it is not realistic to hope for zero carbon emissions by 2025. That is youthful passion swamping rational thought. The understandable emotional fervour needs to be tempered by common sense. Still, enjoy yourself. Lx

    Sent from Samsung Mobile on O2


    1. Shâo says:

      Thank you for the good wishes. I’m supporting Greta Thunberg’s message which is literally “I don’t want you to listen to me. I want you to listen to the scientists.”

      I agree we need common sense but I think a lot of people don’t really like even the most common sense solutions. Methane is a 23 times more potent greenhouse gas than CO2 and much simpler to reduce as the bulk of it is produced by animal agriculture which contributes more to global heating than transportation.

      The world could literally cut greenhouse emissions by close to a fifth almost overnight by switching to a plant based diet. They just don’t want to. So I don’t think even science + common sense always works.

      Sorry for the rant… I’m just sad 😦


  2. Cheryl Williams says:

    Hi Shao,
    I am so happy you are back. I am sure many people have been missing you like crazy. I am not ashamed to admit that I had tears in my eyes when I just decided to look at the powerhouse playbook and saw a couple of your recent posts.

    Exactly one month ago I emailed you just to find out how everything was going in your new adventures and your novel ( I could not believe that someone who loved to blog and made it part of their life just suddenly stopped ) and to tell you everything is going well with my pregnancy. So far so good and I’m keeping up with the meditating and it has helped me immensely. Your email which I somehow remembered bounced back undelivered. What happened!

    If I had known you at the beginning of the last century then I would have joined you in the fight for the right to vote.

    Shao, I have not gone to sleep yet and its middle of the night because I was watching the videos of climate change.
    I am so proud of you that you will be part of the many protest marches next month.
    What you said is scary but true and it makes me worried for my baby that I am bringing into this world. If I have no complications then I will attend the march on one of the days.

    I am forever grateful to you who has changed my whole outlook on life and everything else which I cannot say here . XXX
    I’m still addicted to carrots.

    Love, peace & plenty of carrots

    Cheryl Williams.


    1. Shâo says:

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Cheryl. You sound very well and (as you’ll probably gather from my most recent post) I fully support your vegan snacking!

      Yes, please come down to the rebellion if you feel called to by your research. No toxic system ever changes on its own because no one who profits from it can/wants to change it (slavery, discrimination, apartheid). The sites of the rebellion are full of love and (apart from the heavy police presence at times) feel very safe. There’s also a dedicated family area. It’s a proper love in! And it’s designed to show the new way we can (and must) build a non violent and just society.

      Love, peace and see you on the streets!


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