Sacred Actvism of EcoDruidry
Ecodruids engage in ecological activism. This can be under the flag of Ecodruidry or other organisations, like The Warriors Call or Fridays for Future. We would like to give some principles of activism to Ecodruids. Druids value honour, respect, kindness, courage and authenticity. Don't let you be assimilated under a code of conduct or communication which is not natural to you. Respect minorities and be aware of bullying in activists groups. In doubt leave cult like organisations. Sacred Activism is a way of modern warriorship and some say even the highest form of spirituality. It needs comradeship, trust, confidentiality, vision, goals, strategy and tactics. Activists engage in dynamic and sometimes hostile environments. Even if activists make mistakes, they should never be publicly exposed. This is a code of honour that all activists in a group must be able to rely on. We recommend to reflect and consider the Saint Paul principles of activism, which were adopted by groups like Global Earth Strike, Occupy and others before.
The St. Paul Principles
1. Our solidarity will be based on respect for a diversity of tactics and the plans of other groups.
2. The actions and tactics used will be organized to maintain a separation of time or space.
3. Any debates or criticisms will stay internal to the movement, avoiding any public or media denunciations of fellow activists and events.
4. We oppose any state repression of dissent, including surveillance, infiltration, disruption and violence. We agree not to assist law enforcement actions against activists and others.
The industrial age has desecrated the earth. The task of Ecodruids is to consecrate and bless the earth again and make the wasteland bloom again. The activism of the Druids can be loud and contain non-violent civil disobedience. On the other hand, we also appreciate the bardic arts, meditation, humor and nature magic. We try to understand our comrades, even if they express themselves differently than you do. Political correctness is good, but real connection and kindness are better. We create an environment in which everyone feels comfortable and differences in age, gender, skin colour, nationality, religion, profession and social class can be bridged. And of course we reject any kind of racism and chauvinism.
We want to achieve a common goal and are dependent on comradeship from all. In action, we care for the well-being of all. We try to recognize the danger of burnout and to avoid it by appropriate measures. Group decisions should be carried out according to democratic rules. Everyone should have the opportunity to be heard. Elected representatives of a group have a special responsibility for the well-being of all members and must keep an eye on the achievement of the goals set. It is sometimes necessary for the members of a group to trust and follow their leaders, even if they are not privy to secret details, the disclosure of which would jeopardise an operation.
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I am Stefan Kaiser, a Druid and environmental activist living in Germany.