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Drawdown Solutions: Getting Into Action Workshop

 

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Climate Crisis!

Come explore what we can do together

Project Drawdown is a solid plan to reverse the
concentration of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere,
using proven solutions that already exist.

Come learn more about this realistic plan
and meet others in our community who are
already actively working to make a difference.

We have the means at hand!

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Drawdown Solutions:
Getting Into Action Workshop

6:00 – 8:30 pm
Monday, September 30,
and Wednesday, October 9, 16, & 23

Unitarian Universalists of Grants Pass
129 NW E St, Grants Pass, OR 97526

$20 suggested donation, or as you are able

https://SouthernOregonDrawdown.org/
RSVP: info@SouthernOregonDrawdown.org

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FILM Screening: ArtiFISHal plus Native Storytelling, and Panel Discussion

August 22 @ Medford Library Large Community Room 

Doors Open at 5:30 pm, Programming starts at 6 pm. 

   

The Rogue Valley Food System Network invites you to join us for an evening about the story of the salmon, from the original people to the current day issues.  

We will begin the evening with an honoring of the Salmon people, and the role the Salmon has played as a part of this valley since the beginning of time. 
 
Each year the Takelmas honor the salmon with a sacred ceremony at Ti’lomikh along the Rogue River. Storyteller Thomas Doty will share stories of the Salmon People, and the relationship the Old Ones formed with them thousands of years ago. Thomas Doty will share with us the story of the Salmon.

We will then come together to watch the film, Artifishal. 

Produced by Patagonia, Artifishal is a film about wild rivers and wild fish that explores the high cost — ecological,
financial and cultural — of our mistaken belief that engineered solutions can make up for habitat destruction. The film traces the impact of fish hatcheries, and the extraordinary amount of public money wasted on an industry that hinders wild fish recovery pollutes our rivers and contributes to the problem it claims to solve. Artifishal also dives beneath the surface of the open-water fish farm controversy, as citizens work to stop the damage done to public waters and our remaining wild salmon.

From a food systems perspective, we are interested in hosting an open dialogue that leaves the consumer with the knowledge to make their own choices about what they want to support with their daily food choices. 

Film Trailer

Panel Discussion to Follow with local Salmon Stakeholders 

Confirmed Panelists:
 Jacob Battisti, Siskiyou Salmon Owner, and Fisherman.  
 Jack Crawford, Native Fish Society 
   

We look forward to seeing you there! 
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The Value and Importance of Water Retention on our Land

One of the most valuable things to do for ourselves, future generations and all life on earth, in this climate crisis, is to find ways to capture rainwater on the land to soak into the groundwater and aquifers as it is meant to and regenerate the life of our planet.

 

“Water Retention Landscapes are the healing impulse urgently required by the Earth and all her creatures. They can and must arise in every place where people regain the courage, strength and also of course, the knowledge needed to create them. (…) We must not get accustomed to a state where something that is actually self-evident appears to us as an unrealistic utopia. A world in which all people have free access to sufficient water, energy and food is completely feasible.”   (Bernd Mueller)

 

 

“We humans have the knowledge of how to transform deserts and semi-deserts back into living landscapes traversed by fresh spring water streams. In most cases desertification isn’t a natural phenomenon but the result of incorrect water management on a global scale. Deserts don’t arise because of a lack of rain, but because humanity treats water in the wrong way.”  Source Tamera.org

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“There are plenty of ways to hold the rainwater on the land that can be used in various combinations. Creating retention areas can involve building check dams, swales, terraces, deep plowing along the keylines or using land stewardship techniques such as reforestation, organic farming and special pasture management, e.g. Holistic Planned Grazing.The basic principle of a Water Retention Landscape is that no rainwater should run off, but rather infiltrate into the soil where it falls. The absorbed rainwater goes into the aquifers and is purified, energized and mineralized. All outflowing water is spring water, steadily supplying humans, flora and fauna with liquid life – even during long periods without rainfall.” Tamera.org

 

Key Learnings

  • Water is the missing link for reversing climate change.
  • It’s possible to achieve water autonomy in our region and everywhere in the world.
  • When restoring the natural water cycles, we take the first, indispensable step for restoring ecosystems and lay the foundations for self-sufficiency.
  • Wherever you are, make sure rainwater doesn’t run off, but instead filters into the aquifers.”  Source Tamera.org

Catching Rain Water (Source: Tamera.org)

Water Retention Landscape (Source: Tamera.org)

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Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating A Native Forest

From the makers of the film: “We’ve made the film free to view because we want the important messages of land regeneration, nature connection, and living more simply to reach as many people as possible.

We hope you’re as inspired by the story of Hinewai Reserve.. as we are. Please feel free to share the link with anyone you feel would be interested.

Enjoy the film!”

Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest is a 30-minute documentary telling the story of Hinewai Nature Reserve, on New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula, and its kaitiaki/manager of 30 years, botanist Hugh Wilson. When, in 1987, Hugh let the local community know of his plans to allow the introduced ‘weed’ gorse to grow as a nurse canopy to regenerate farmland into native forest, people were not only skeptical but outright angry – the plan was the sort to be expected only of “fools and dreamers”.

Now considered a hero locally and across the country, Hugh oversees 1500 hectares resplendent in native forest, where birds and other wildlife are abundant and 47 known waterfalls are in permanent flow. He has proven without doubt that nature knows best – and that he is no fool.

Protecting Pollinators

Would a native bee like to live in your garden?

Kristina Lefever will talk about:   who the pollinators are, why they are  important, why they are disappearing, what we can do to help them, and how to turn our gardens into safe and nurturing havens for the pollinators.  Your local native bees, butterflies, flies, wasps, beetles and hummingbirds will thank you.

Rogue River Library

August 17, 2019   Noon – 1 PM.

 

Monarch Butterfly Summit

Monarch butterfly and caterpillar on Milkweed

MonarchButterflyConference

A migration of expertise and resources to conserve the
Western Monarch Butterfly

Friday-Sunday, January 10-12, 2020

Pacific Grove / Carmel By-The-Sea
COME JOIN US

A new networking opportunity for those involved in the conservation and restoration of the Western Monarch Butterfly.

By creating a wider community we will take flight with a united vision to improve what we each do in our own special

areas of interest and geographic locations.

Let’s work together to protect the Western Monarch!

SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Update on overwintering sites
  • Importance of native milkweed
  • New genetic and tagging research
  • How can we all help
  • Field trips and more
  • Visit the Monarch overwintering sites and restoration areas
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
The Western Monarch Summit will come alive with two of the most prominent Monarch advocates in the country.

Dr. Chip Taylor
Founder & Director   Monarch Watch

Dr. Robert Pyle
Founder   Xerces Society

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$175  REGISTRATION DEADLINE 12/01/2019.  SEATING LIMITED.  RESERVE EARLY.

Includes three-day (Friday through Sunday) attendance and some meals as shown in the schedule.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  Attendees canceling before 12/01/2019 will receive a 50% refund.  Attendees canceling after 12/01/2019 will NOT be eligible for any refund.

NOTE:  Registration fees may be transferred to another individual no later than 12/01/2019.

 

 

 

A Chickadee’s Guide To Gardening By Douglas W. Tallamy

An excellent article on the value of planting native plants and the surprising things that can happen when you do!

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Black-eyed Susan and Goldfinches
The Rudbeckia species (like the black-eyed Susan) produce seeds that help sustain goldfinches during the winter.

From a New York Times March 11, 2015 article written by Douglas W. Tallamy

OXFORD, Pa. — I GREW up thinking little of plants. I was interested in snakes and turtles, then insects and, eventually, birds. Now I like plants. But I still like the life they create even more.

Plants are as close to biological miracles as a scientist could dare admit. After all, they allow us, and nearly every other species, to eat sunlight, by creating the nourishment that drives food webs on this planet. As if that weren’t enough, plants also produce oxygen, build topsoil and hold it in place, prevent floods, sequester carbon dioxide, buffer extreme weather and clean our water. Considering all this, you might think we gardeners would value plants for what they do. Instead, we value them for what they look like.

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Mayapple and Box Turtles
Mayapples produce fleshy fruit whose seeds germinate with help from box turtles.

When we design our home landscapes, too many of us choose beautiful plants from all over the world, without considering their ability to support life within our local ecosystems.

Last summer I did a simple experiment at home to measure just how different the plants we use for landscaping can be in supporting local animals. I compared a young white oak in my yard with one of the Bradford pears in my neighbor’s yard. Both trees are the same size, but Bradford pears are ornamentals from Asia, while white oaks are native to eastern North America. I walked around each tree and counted the caterpillars on their leaves at head height. I found 410 caterpillars on the white oak (comprising 19 different species), and only one caterpillar (an inchworm) on the Bradford pear.

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Milkweed and Monarch Butterflies
Monarch butterflies are disappearing because we have destroyed so many of the milkweed plants they depend on.

Was this a fluke? Hardly. The next day I repeated my survey on a different white oak and Bradford pear. This time I found 233 caterpillars on the white oak (comprising 15 species) and, again, only one on the Bradford pear.

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Oak, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers and Blue Jays
Oaks produce copious amounts of acorns that support many birds through the winter months. This is particularly true for red-bellied woodpeckers and blue jays.

Why such huge differences? It’s simple: Plants don’t want to be eaten, so they have loaded their tissues with nasty chemicals that would kill most insects if eaten. Insects do eat plants, though, and they achieve this by adapting to the chemical defenses of just one or two plant lineages. So some have evolved to eat oak trees without dying, while others have specialized in native cherries or ashes and so on.

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Pawpaw and Zebra Swallowtails
The larvae of these black-and-white-striped butterflies develop on pawpaw plants.

But local insects have only just met Bradford pears, in an evolutionary sense, and have not had the time — millennia — required to adapt to their chemical defenses. And so Bradford pears stand virtually untouched in my neighbor’s yard.

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Spicebush and Spicebush Swallowtails
The larvae of these butterflies hide from predators by mimicking tree snakes and curling up within the spicebush’s leaves.

In the past, we thought this was a good thing. After all, Asian ornamentals were planted to look pretty, and we certainly didn’t want insects eating them. We were happy with our perfect pears, burning bushes, Japanese barberries, porcelain berries, golden rain trees, crape myrtles, privets, bush honeysuckles and all the other foreign ornamentals.

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Violet and Regal Fritillaries
The larvae of these butterflies, whose numbers are declining, survive exclusively on violets in the United States.

But there are serious ecological consequences to such choices, and another exercise you can do at home makes them clear. This spring, if you live in North America, put up a chickadee nest box in your yard. If you are lucky, a pair of chickadees will move in and raise a family. While they are feeding their young, watch what the chickadees bring to the nest: mostly caterpillars. Both parents take turns feeding the chicks, enabling them to bring a caterpillar to the nest once every three minutes. And they do this from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. for each of the 16 to 18 days it takes the chicks to fledge. That’s a total of 350 to 570 caterpillars every day, depending on how many chicks they have. So, an incredible 6,000 to 9,000 caterpillars are required to make one clutch of chickadees.

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Bayberry and Yellow-Rumped Warblers
Bayberry plants make waxy fruits that sustain these birds all winter.

And chickadees are tiny birds: just a third of an ounce. What if you wanted to support red-bellied woodpeckers in your yard, a bird that is about eight times heavier than a chickadee? How many caterpillars would that take?

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Chickadee

What we plant in our landscapes determines what can live in our landscapes. Controlling what grows in our yards is like playing God. By favoring productive species, we can create life, and by using nonnative plants, we can prevent it.

An American yard dominated by Asian ornamentals does not produce nearly the quantity and diversity of insects needed for birds to reproduce. Some might argue that we should just let those birds breed “in nature.” That worked in the past, but now there simply is not enough “nature” left. And it shows. Many bird species in North America have declined drastically in the past 40 years.

Fortunately, more and more gardeners are realizing that their yards offer one of the most empowering conservation options we have, and are sharing their properties with the nature around them.

By the way, you might assume that my oak was riddled with unsightly caterpillar holes, but not so. Since birds eat most of the caterpillars before they get very large, from 10 feet away the oak looked as perfect as a Bradford pear.

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Douglas W. Tallamy, a professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, is the author of “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants.”
Website: Bringing Nature Home

A version of this op-ed appears in print on March 11, 2015, on page A25 of the New York edition with the headline: The Chickadee’s Guide to Gardening.

PHOTO CREDITS:

All animal photos by Douglas W. Tallamy except the woodpecker. Rob Cardillo for The New York Times (violets), Susan Farley for The New York Times (black-eyed Susans), Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times (mayapple), William Widmer for The New York Times (oak), Randy Harris for The New York Times (pawpaw), Mike Mergen (spicebush), Scott Camazine/Getty Images (bayberry), Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency (milkweed) and John McNamara (woodpecker).

“Building Transformational Resilience for Climate Change Traumas and Toxic Stresses”

ACEsConnection

An event hosted by ACE’s Connection

You are invited to watch the webinar together at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 129 NW E Street, Grants Pass, OR – to share the learning.

September 10, 2019 11:00 am

You can sign up now here. Copy/paste this into your browser: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VcuqXdZJTp-HeD5PLJQrIQ

You will learn:

• how climate change creates personal, family, and community traumas and toxic stresses;
• how those traumatic stressors trigger feedbacks that expand and aggravate ACEs and many other person, social, community, and societal maladies;
• why current approaches are woefully inadequate to address what is already occurring and rapidly steaming toward us and why prevention is the only realistic solution;
• the framework for prevention we call Transformational Resilience that includes resilience education and skills-development focused on both Presencing and Purposing skills.


Speakers:
Bob Doppelt, Executive Director, The Resource Innovation Group, and Founder and Coordinator of the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC).

The International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC) is a network of over 400 mental health, social service, social justice, climate, emergency response, faith, and other professionals working to prevent harmful personal, family, community, and societal maladies resulting from climate change generated traumas and toxic stresses by ensuring that every adult and child in the U.S. and worldwide learns preventative Presencing (self-regulation) and Purposing (adversity-based growth) information and skills.

Please submit any questions to: alison.cebulla.aces@gmail.com

What Kind of World Do You Want to Live in?

Charles Eisenstein is interviewed by Pachamama Alliance about “What kind of world do you want to live in?” and gives us a taste of what we can expect in his new book Climate: A New Story in this series of short videos:

The Core Themes of Climate: A New Story

What Kind of World Do You Want to Live in?

Our Salvation Will Come from the Margins

Signs that Humanity is Returning to Loving a Living Earth

Ask for the book at our local bookstores or read it online on Charles website: https://charleseisenstein.org/books/climate-a-new-story

Join the Sustainable Rogue Valley group Sunday Aug. 11th from 12:30 – 2:00 at the UU Fellowship Hall at 129 NW E Street, Grants Pass, OR and discover what you can do to help make your local community and our global community more resilient, regenerative and climate-friendly.

ACES Trainings & Workshop and Southern Oregon Success Updates

OPEN ACES TRAININGS AND OPEN WORKSHOP IN SELF-REGULATION & RESILIENCE COMING UP IN MEDFORD

The Southern Oregon ACEs Training Team is offering ACEs sessions for all comers on Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, August 14, from 1 pm to 3 pm at the SOESD, 101 North Grape Street in Medford, as well as a workshop in Self-Regulation & Resilience on Tuesday, July 30, from 1 pm to 2:30 pm at the same location. Thanks to funding by our partner organizations, there is no cost for these sessions. Members of all agencies and the general public are welcome.

The ACEs training focuses on the science of N.E.A.R. (Neurobiology, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience), providing vital information on the impact of trauma on development as well as the core protective systems of resilience

The Self-Regulation & Resilience workshop offers a review of the N.E.A.R. curriculum (Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience) covered in the team’s ongoing ACEs trainings then moves to a focus on specific tools for self-regulation and resilience.

For the ACEs training session on July 23, please register here.

For the ACEs training session on August 14, please register here.

For the workshop in Self-Regulation & Resilience, please register here.

To schedule a training session or workshop for any group, or for more information, contact peter_buckley@southernoregonsuccess.org.

COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PLAN ANNOUNCED

An unprecedented collaboration led by the Jefferson Regional Health Alliance has resulted in the publication of the 2019-2022 Community Health Improvement Plan for Jackson and Josephine Counties, titled “All In For Health.”

For the first time, our region’s hospitals (Asante and Providence), Coordinated Care Organizations (AllCare, PrimaryHealth and Jackson Care Connect) and federally qualified health clinics (La Clinica, Siskiyou Community Health Center and Rogue Community Health) joined together with the Addictions Recovery Center, OnTrack, ColumbiaCare Services, Kairos, Options for Southern Oregon, OSU Extension Service, the VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics, Jackson County Public Health & Mental Health, Josephine County Public Health and the Rogue Valley Council of Governments to go through their mandated Community Health Assessment (CHA), which has now resulted in a region-wide Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

The process has included hundreds of people in health care, human services and the community at large. From all the data collected, all the focus group discussions and surveys completed, the plan that has evolved sets three prioritized areas of need: Behavior Health & Well-Being (mental health and substance use), Housing for All (safe, affordable, appropriate housing) and Families Matter (parenting support and life skills).

To read the proposed strategies and approaches for progress in these three areas, you can find the Community Health Improvement Plan, “All In For Health,” at the Jefferson Regional Health Alliance website.

HEARTS WITH A MISSION LEADS “SAFE FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN” PROGRAM

Hearts with a Mission, a remarkable local organization serving children and youth, is working with the Department of Human Services to administer and coordinate an innovative program for families in crisis, Safe Families For Children.

Kevin Lamson, Executive Director for Hearts With A Mission, explained that his organization has been implementing the Safe Families For Children program in Jackson County since 2014.  “We brought the program with us to Josephine County in 2016 and opened a Hub for Safe Families in Lincoln County in January of 2019,” Lamson said.

As described by DHS, the Safe Families program provides opportunities for families to access supportive resources including host families for caregivers who may be experiencing crisis and are in need of a safe place for their children to stay temporarily.

Host families create an extended family-like support through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by compassion to keep kids safe and families intact. The primary purpose of a host family is to support those who are currently, potentially or at risk of becoming involved with Child Welfare.

Hearts With A Mission is working with faith-based organizations to recruit host families and support groups, and to ensure each family in the program has a family coach as well.

“This is something Oregon is leading the country in–attempting to prevent foster care through SFFC, which recently was confirmed an evidenced-based program,” Lamson noted.

For additional information about Safe Families, check out the videos below. To get more information about how Hearts With A Mission is working with the program locally, or to volunteer to help, contact Heather Siewell at heather.s@heartswithamission.org.

 

CASA NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP CHILDREN

CASA of Jackson County, founded in 1990, is a non-profit organization responsible for recruiting, training and supporting the work of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteers.  CASAs advocate for abused and neglected children by making recommendations to the court regarding the immediate and future needs of the children in the care of Child Welfare.

Volunteer CASAs are the voice of the child in court and are generally the only consistent person to follow each child’s case to completion. To be a CASA, you must be at least 21 years of age, have a heart for children, be able to attend meetings and court hearings, maintain objectivity, and always speak to the child’s best interest.

We need more CASAs to advocate for the 200 children currently waiting for a CASA. To learn more, attend an hour-long orientation on any Thursday at 12:00pm at the CASA office, 409 Front St., Medford. No appointment necessary, just drop in. For additional information, call 541-734-2272.

 

SHERIFF’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOCUSES ON ADDICTION RECOVERY AND MENTAL HEALTH

A community advisory committee on the proposal to build a new jail facility in Jackson County has been convened by Sheriff Nathan Sickler. The committee, made up of local government officials, public safety personnel, mental health advocates, addiction recovery specialists and other community members, met for the first time on July 8 to review data on jail bookings, learn more about current support services, and discuss the impacts of addiction on individuals, families and the community.

Additional meetings are being planned for the next few months to discuss mental health issues, existing and potential new programs to divert people away from jail, and ideas for the design for a facility that can prioritize public safety while also offering paths to health, recovery and good citizenship.

(Notes by Southern Oregon Success Program Manager Peter Buckley)

To schedule a training session or workshop for any group, or for more information, contact peter_buckley@southernoregonsuccess.org.

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The Facebook page for Southern Oregon Success features almost daily postings of events taking place in our region and information shared from all over as part of our learning community efforts on what works and what doesn’t in helping kids and families thrive.

If you do Facebook, check us out and Like us at Southern Oregon Success.

Sustainable Rogue Valley presents

Support Group for Earth Activists

Saturday, June 22, 2019   1 – 3 pm

Unitarian Universalist Hall,
129 NW ‘E’ Street, Grants Pass, 97526
  • Potluck snacks are encouraged
  • Please bring your utensils

Activism is hard work. It can lead to burnout, feelings of isolation, frustration and discouragement, as well as many other feelings. Some of us were inspired by an Awakening the Dreamer seminar recently and decided to hold this support group and invite other activists as well.

This gathering will be a safe space for people involved in earth activism of all kinds to gather and give and receive support, talk about issues they face as activists, ask for help and give help to others. It won’t be a forum for debate, but rather a place where we can gain strength from being together.

info@sevengenerations.org

“We are stronger together”

Hope in a Changing Climate – by John D. Liu

Hope in a Changing Climate optimistically reframes the debate on global warming. Illustrating that large, decimated eco-systems can be restored, the BBC World documentary reveals success stories from Ethiopia, Rwanda and China which prove that bringing large areas back from environmental ruin is possible, and key to stabilising the earth’s climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLdNhZ6kAzo

The 3.5% Rule: How a Small Minority Can Change the World

Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts – and those engaging a threshold of 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change.

In 1986, millions of Filipinos took to the streets of Manila in peaceful protest and prayer in the People Power movement. The Marcos regime folded on the fourth day.

In 2003, the people of Georgia ousted Eduard Shevardnadze through the bloodless Rose Revolution, in which protestors stormed the parliament building holding the flowers in their hands.

Earlier this year, the presidents of Sudan and Algeria both announced they would step aside after decades in office, thanks to peaceful campaigns of resistance.

In each case, civil resistance by ordinary members of the public trumped the political elite to achieve radical change.

To read the article from the BBC:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190513-it-only-takes-35-of-people-to-change-the-world?utm_source=pocket-newtab