A New Story of Climate and Us

Climate disruption is human-caused and, while that’s hard to acknowledge for some, we take a hopeful approach: if we caused it, we do something about it. So what’s getting in our way? Will protest be enough? Through the complex lens of Buzz, a worker bee in a hive near you, we are privy to an inside perspective and a voice rarely heard–insights from Mother Earth and her creatures on how to resolve our dilemma, and how nonviolence must play a critical role. As Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, ours is a time of “nonviolence or non-existence.” So, which will we choose?

An Urgent Message for Humanity

This short animation (with artwork and animation by Anabella Meijer and Tim Witte) was created with ages 12-18 in mind to facilitate discussions around nonviolence and the challenges faced by climate disruption.

The transcript is available here.

Lesson Plan by the Metta Center

We’re All in This Together: True-to-Life Stories to Inspire Creative Climate Action, by Rivera Sun for the Metta Center

Here are some additional resources from the Metta Center and friends to support conversations:

from the Metta Center:

Find our film, The Third Harmony: Nonviolence and the New Story of Human Nature.

The Metta Center’s bookstore has a variety of books and a cooperative board game on nonviolence for educators, teachers, and anyone looking to learn more.

We have a crash-course for educators with lesson plans available at the end.

Find our cooperative board game, Cosmic Peaceforce, Mission: Harmony 3. Consider introducing it to your friends and students!

Check out our other animations!

from our friends:

The Climate Action Handbook by Daniel Hunter (This is a great tool for taking on climate activism but is not a comprehensive exploration of nonviolence.)

Sign up for Nonviolence News and receive updates on nonviolent struggles for climate justice and more.

Join Campaign Nonviolence’s Action Week this September

Civil Resistance Tactics for the 21st Century, by Michael Beer of Nonviolence International

There’s a lot of room in the Bee-loved community.