Summer May Be Over, but Our Resistance Isn’t

by Ryan Schleeter

September 21, 2017

It took thousands of people to make the Summer of Resistance possible. Thanks to you, the movement for a just, green, and peaceful future has hundreds of new activists trained up and ready to make change in their communities.

In January, Greenpeace made a promise — we will RESIST. We promised to resist bigotry, racism, and climate denial; to resist a government that puts fossil fuel profits before the needs of the people; and to resist a presidential agenda that preys on the most vulnerable while creating more loopholes for corporations and the super-rich. 

The Summer of Resistance was born from this promise.

Three months, 13 cities, and thousands of people later, I know that the resistance movement is in a better place because of the actions people like you took this summer.

Here’s what you accomplished during the Summer of Resistance.

More than 700 of you came together in cities and towns across the county to hone your non-violent direct action skills — and you’re already putting them to good use! Summer of Resistance activists are stepping up to fight dangerous pipelines, uphold Indigenous rights, protect our coasts from the oil industry, and pressure the big banks funding fossil fuel projects.

More than 50 of you planned, organized, and carried out creative resistance events in your communities — no small task! For the majority of Summer of Resistance event leaders, it was their first time leading on a big action, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the results.

All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of an incredibly dedicated volunteer team. More than 100 people stepped up to recruit community members, coach new activists one-on-one, and host the planning meetings that made the Summer of Resistance possible. Whether it was work that happened behind the scenes or in front of the camera, Greenpeace volunteers showed the world the true meaning of people power this summer.

And here’s what’s next.

Our work does not end here. In fact, it’s just beginning. Whether it’s oil drilling, climate-fueled extreme weather, or rampant pollution, we still have a lot to fight for.

At Greenpeace, we’re going to continue making good on our promise to resist, and we hope you’ll stay with us. Stay connected on Greenwire, our online hub for volunteers, activists, and changemakers.

Ryan Schleeter

By Ryan Schleeter

Ryan Schleeter is a content editor with the communications team at Greenpeace International. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Grist, GreenBiz, EcoWatch, and more. Find him on Twitter @ryschlee.

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