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MISSION

Our Mission is to defeat climate change, prevent mass extinction, and restore the earth from the damage done.

As a first step, Tree Street is creating a self-empowering social action network for the people and organizations fighting the climate emergency.

Here, we connect and collaborate to help each other develop and deploy science-based solutions in our own lives, locally in our communities, and globally through collective action.

 

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VISION

Our Vision is for the Tree Street Community's actions and solutions to transform our local communities into "Climate-Positive Communities" that:

Reduce community carbon emissions to a minimum.
Extract multiples more carbon from the atmosphere than the community emits.
Unilaterally declare a localized Green New Deal and start transitioning away from fossil fuels.

Soon our Climate-Positive Communities will dot the globe.

Then they'll expand.

Then overlap.

Then they'll engulf and transform the world into a post-colonial, post-carbon, planet-positive society.

Bucket Brigade for Planet Earth

The bucket brigade is the perfect metaphor for the kind of action needed to fight the climate emergency.

Our house is on fire, but we can't rely on the fire department (our current set of leaders) to show up.  If they do show, their proposed climate solutions are like bringing no water and only a one-storey ladder to a four-storey fire.  More likely, since they're politicians, they'll show up only at the end to douse a few spot fires and claim as much credit as possible.

Instead, we are doing it ourselves.  We are not waiting for politicians.  We are not debating who's responsibility it is or what each other's fair share of the work should be.  Our house is on fire and we are running as fast as we can to get water.

We are a growing group of autonomous citizen-volunteers, needing no other authority than our own.  Together, we'll form as many bucket brigades as needed, stretching across the globe to countless communities around the world.  And we'll keep it up until we succeed. (There's no going home when your house is on fire).

In a few brigades, you ~ and each member ~ will be at the fire-facing end of the brigade: fighting to make your own household and own local community "climate-positive." 

The Tree.St community will be the brigade right behind you.  We'll be supporting you with "buckets" of everything you need: solutions, strategies, tools, resources, funding, expertise, volunteers, encouragement, moral support, you name it ~ all you need to do is ask your Tree.St comrades.

In most other brigades, you'll be somewhere in the middle, passing along the same support to your comrades fighting the fires in their own communities, and other comrades fighting on the frontlines of global fires, such as protecting the forests of the Amazon, Indonesia, and Africa.

Still, in other brigades, you'll be at the "water" end of the brigade, in the Discussions and Groups on Tree.St.  You'll be the one coming up with the brilliant idea or suggestion, a solution you've read about, or words of encouragement, to pass to others down the lines in other brigades.

Community by community the fire will be doused.  We will beat the climate emergency and save our home.

 

While Tree Street is a decentralized community of autonomous individuals and organizations, it is useful to share a few notes on how the site can be best be used (which are sure to evolve with time), as well as shared goals and principles.

GOALS

To prevent the future we fear, including mass extinction, we are creating the future we want.

Much of the activities on Tree.St (but not necessarily all of them) will be directed, in some way, to achieving three goals that reflect this future we all want.

(Each goal includes several milestone goals on the road to achieving them).

Climate-Positive Communities

Let's change the world by first changing our small corner of it. 

Our goal is to transform our own communities into "Climate Positive Communities" that

  • Reduce community carbon emissions to a minimum.

  • Extract substantially more carbon from the atmosphere than the community emits.

  • Unilaterally declare a localized Green New Deal and start transitioning away from fossil fuels.

The importance of Climate Positive Communities is threefold:

1. The climate emergency is not caused or happening in far off places.  Its caused and happening right in our own homes and communities.  Moreover, our own local community is the most convenient place for each of us to take concrete, meaningful action to fight the climate emergency.

2. The solutions transforming our communities are instantly scalable and transferrable.  There is little to no wait time needed for mass deployment and adoption.  All that is needed is you to take it and apply it to your own community.  LEARN, LEAP, REPEAT :)

3. Helping our own communities remove substantially more carbon from the atmosphere than they emit, and rapidly increasing the number of climate-positive communities globally, has a compounding effect on reducing the carbon in the global atmosphere.  We will, therefore, be alleviating the chief cause of climate change.

The first step is to get the local (municipal) government and community groups (schools, faith groups, local businesses) on board.

YOUR MOVE:

To start, join the Discussions and Dev Groups developing strategies and solutions for transforming our communities.  

Then create (or join) a Local Group on Tree.St to apply the solutions and coordinate action in your local community with fellow local community members.

TOOLS

To prevent the future we fear, including mass extinction, we are creating the future we want.

Much of the activities on Tree.St (but not necessarily all of them) will be directed, in some way, to achieving three goals that reflect this future we all want.

(Each goal includes several milestone goals on the road to achieving them).

 

Community Action: Creating Your Local Climate Positive Community

Central to Tree Street's mission is helping each member develop and deploy solutions tailored to their own local community.

These solutions will be directed at helping the local community achieve three goals to become massively climate-positive.

Together we develop solutions and strategies and tactics to achieve these three goals, and tailor them to each member's community needs, in Development Groups / Community.

Goal: Reduce community carbon emissions to a minimum.  Dev Group.

Goal: Extract more carbon from the atmosphere than the community emits.  Dev Group.

Goal: 

FEEDBACK LOOP

The principles below guide the conduct and evolution of the Tree Street Community:

Learn: Fill your Buckets

Elsewhere, indigenous peoples, people of colour, people of the global south, and our LGBTQ2+ siblings, may be "ignored" (or worse) by the environmental/climate movement.

NOT HERE.  We do not question "who gets a seat at the table."  We all own the table, equally.

As a community, we provide a welcoming platform for everyone committed to saving the planet.

We give everyone an equal voice.

We listen and learn from each other.

(If you have suggestions about how we can do this better, please share them!)

As individual members of the Tree.St community, we will not always agree on everything.  We do, however, agree that we are in a climate emergency and the existence of humanity hangs in the balance.

We can debate the finer points, as long as the debate remains respectful.  In some cases, we may need to agree to disagree.  And even though we may be taking different approaches, we genuinely support each other's success.

COMMUNITY PRINCIPLES

The principles below guide the conduct and evolution of the Tree Street Community:

Equal Voices: Respect and Support

Elsewhere, indigenous peoples, people of colour, people of the global south, and our LGBTQ2+ siblings, may be "ignored" (or worse) by the environmental/climate movement.

NOT HERE.  We do not question "who gets a seat at the table."  We all own the table, equally.

As a community, we provide a welcoming platform for everyone committed to saving the planet.

We give everyone an equal voice.

We listen and learn from each other.

Our end goal is the creation of a new global ecologically sustainable society that gives every last one of us the respect and justice we all deserve and the supports we all need to thrive and live our best lives.

(If you have suggestions about how we can articulate and manifest this better, please share them!)

As individual members of the Tree.St community, we will not always agree on everything.  We do, however, agree that we are in a climate emergency and the existence of humanity hangs in the balance.

We can debate the finer points, as long as the debate remains respectful.  In some cases, we may need to agree to disagree.  And even though we may be taking different approaches, we genuinely support each other's success.