John Dear is halfway through his nationwide 50-city book tour to launch the release of his latest book They Will Inherit the Earth: Peace & Nonviolence in a Time of Climate Change. During this tour, while in Madison, WI on April 4, he was profiled by Tom Boswell of The National Catholic Reporter who shared some of John’s most pertinent quotes about the environmental crisis we face and how to address it from a spiritual, nonviolent point of view.
John starts by highlighting the violent nature of climate change. “With the onslaught of climate chaos, we have entered the full consequences of global violence. . . . We are killing the Earth, but it will not go down without a fight.” But instead of fighting, he suggests we start, as individuals, doing what we can to make a difference.
In his interview, John said, “I think the only way change happens is bottom-up, people-powered, grassroots movements of creative nonviolence in the tradition of Gandhi and King, which, by the way, goes back to Jesus, who was a movement builder and organizer.”
John further breaks down the key elements of nonviolence required to affect real change: “After studying nonviolence for 40 years, I’ve decided that nonviolence requires three simultaneous attributes. First, you have to be nonviolent to yourself. We have to stop cooperating with our own inner processes of violence, beating ourselves up, fueling our anger, our rage, hatred and resentment. Second, we have to practice meticulous, interpersonal nonviolence towards everybody in our lives, everybody in the world, and all the creatures and Mother Earth. Third, you have to be involved in the struggle for justice, disarmament and creation.”
Read the rest of the article about John in the NCR here.
Listen to John’s full speech in Madison, WI below.