A Global Call for Climate Change BDS: Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Corporations Exploiting People and the Planet


Climate Change BDSAs the People’s Climate March nears, momentum is quickly building for what is expected to be the largest march in American history, larger even then Martin Luther King, Jr’s Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C. On Sunday, September 21, 2014, hundreds of thousands of people will march in the streets of New York City demanding action be taken to address Climate Change.

With the unprecedented participation in the People’s Climate March, the world’s eyes are on the Climate Change movement. The question remains, however, what happens next? What will happen on Monday, September 22, and onward? What will we all do to address Climate Change beyond the People’s Climate March?

Climate Change is one of the defining issues of this historic moment. 99% of scientists are in agreement. The focus of the movement is no longer about trying to argue with the “Deniers” about the existence or nonexistence of “global warming.” Climate Change is real. To the “Ostrichs” in denial, with their heads in the sand, we all better act fast or that sand is going to get really hot very soon.

Now we are witnessing the power of social media to spread the collective message for change and the Climate Change movement is “mainstreaming” through the global convergence of efforts like 350.org, the People’s Climate March, Campaign Nonviolence, and the Social Good Summit.

An emerging trend we have been watching is Climate Change divestment: looking over your investment portfolio and divesting from corporations that are involved in exploitation of people. With the “mainstreaming” of the Climate Change movement, we are watching for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement to fully translate and transcend from its original purpose addressing the oppression of people to a broader definition and strategy for addressing social and environmental racism and justice. We believe the BDS movement has the potential for becoming the answer to that lingering question: what happens next after the People’s Climate March, what can we all do to address Climate Change?

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is historically a nonviolent action solidified during the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa and it has played out on a global scale most recently with the Israel-Palestine conflict. The roots of this social action to Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions grew out of Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent independence movement in India, carried out through actions like the Salt March and boycotting British-made cloth by spinning and crafting “homespun” cloth instead.

We believe the people united, will never be defeated. As we join the momentum created by the People’s Climate March and move forward to address Climate Change as one of the defining issues of our time, Boycotting, Divesting, and Sanctioning will give the strength in numbers to make a statement: we will no longer support corporations that exploit people and the planet.

Together, let’s Be the Change we wish to see in the world.

Support the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for the people and the planet.

Missy Crutchfield
Editor-in-Chief | Gandhi’s Be Magazine
Co-Founder & CEO | Gandhi Global Center for Peace

Melissa Turner
Executive Editor | Gandhi’s Be Magazine
Communications Director | Gandhi Global Center for Peace

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Gandhi Global Center for Peace campaign for Climate Change BDS.