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Freedom Fighters: Art as Activism

Published February 19, 2017 by Jeannette Louise Smith

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The Earth is a work of art – a Masterpiece. She is the source of all life. She is our provider of bountiful beauty and sustenance. As capable, intelligent, and sentient beings it is our duty to protect The Earth.

The confirmation of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is a travesty for Mother Earth and all life forms. We, as individuals and a collective community, have three critical choices that will determine the life or decline and eventual destruction of our planet:

1. Be afraid to think for ourselves and be a blind follower of the current American Federal Government.

2. Cover our eyes, look the other way, and remain silent in our protective bubbles.

3. Become Freedom Fighters. Be individuals who think for themselves and unite as concerned and educated communities that rise up and fight for what we believe in.

The choice is clear.

All you need is passion. When passion flows, the power imagination and creativity flourishes. Art is inspiring. Art unites humans together.

Art – music, film, visual art, theatre, cartoon, graphic design, illustration, graffiti art, stand-up comedy, poetry, dance, photography, street projection – is the most universal means of communication to reach the masses and spread our message.

Art is a riveting and engaging way we can communicate critical environmental and social issues, expose problems, educate, and help the collective public to care and become involved.

Now…get off the computer and CREATE! Create for the Greater Good. Create for The Earth.

PEACE is The Word!

When Politics Hurt Humans, Politics Hurt Animals and the Earth

Published February 11, 2017 by Jeannette Louise Smith

I don’t get angry very often. When I do, I’m able to sort out my chaotic feelings, calm myself rapidly, and quell the chaos of my emotions and the situation. Recently, I admit, this has not been the case.

November 8, 2016 was my dad’s 72nd birthday. It was supposed to be a day of celebration, but unfortunately, it was all spoiled by the American Presidential election. None of us were in a very good mood. Since then, I began to experience heightened anxiety, depression, and fear. So I read FDR’s first, 1933 inaugural address:

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

And I realized that FEAR does have a name: Donald Trump.

If you’ve been paying attention to the wave of chaos the current American Federal Government has created across the globe, you can understand. I’m angry! If you’re not angry, you haven’t been paying attention. If you haven’t been paying attention, you should pay attention.

When politics hurt humans, politics hurt animals and the Earth

We humans are the wellspring of hope and positive change. We are morally bound to help our fellow humans and we are stronger when we stand together. Humans are absolutely instrumental and necessary to help animals and the earth.

We are The Caregivers of The Earth. We are The Defenders of The Earth and all the life systems the earth supports – including our fellow humans.

Humans – Earth – Animals

This intricate, interconnected, bonded trio is already fragile. Under an American Federal Government bent on a path of destruction, the suffering will continue to have a detrimental ripple effect worldwide.

I am an extremely passionate woman. If you’re like me, I care about everything that harms humans, animals, and the earth. Many like me are already involved in causes, but we must make the time and effort to do to support our brothers and sisters in their efforts.

Three Tips to Avoid Burnout and Stay Sane

1. Focus your energy on one or two causes that interest you. Encourage and support the myriad of causes in small positive ways and save your energy by ignoring people who try to undermine your involvement.

2. Make activism fun. Use your talents and creativity. Art as Activism is a fantastic, liberating, and positive means of expression.

3. Take care of yourself. Sleep well, eat healthy, and exercise. Make time for yourself, enjoy your non-activist interests, friends, family, and the little things in life that make you happy.

Do not be silent. Do not think it will not affect you. Get ANGRY! But, direct your anger and outrage into a positive driving force.

PEACE is The Word!