An urgent message for humanity — from a worker bee

In this short animation, meet Buzz — a worker bee who explains how nonviolence needs to play a critical role in solving our climate crisis.

Climate disruption is human-caused and, while that’s hard to acknowledge for some, we can take a hopeful approach: if we caused it, we do something about it. So what’s getting in our way? Will protest be enough? Through the complex lens of Buzz, a worker bee in a hive near you, we are privy to an inside perspective and a voice rarely heard — one that offers insights from Mother Earth and her creatures on how to resolve our dilemma, and how nonviolence must play a critical role. As Martin Luther King, Jr. famously said, ours is a time of “nonviolence or non-existence.” So, which will we choose?

This short animation (with artwork and animation by Anabella Meijer and Tim Witte) was created with ages 12-18 in mind to facilitate discussions around nonviolence and the challenges faced by climate disruption.

The transcript is available here.

Lesson Plan by the Metta Center

We’re All in This Together: True-to-Life Stories to Inspire Creative Climate Action, by Rivera Sun for the Metta Center

Additional resources from the Metta Center

Find our film, The Third Harmony: Nonviolence and the New Story of Human Nature.

The Metta Center’s bookstore has a variety of books and a cooperative board game on nonviolence for educators, teachers, and anyone looking to learn more.

We have a crash-course for educators with lesson plans available at the end.

Find our cooperative board game, Cosmic Peaceforce, Mission: Harmony 3. Consider introducing it to your friends and students!

Check out our other animations!

Additional resources from our friends

The Climate Action Handbook by Daniel Hunter (This is a great tool for taking on climate activism but is not a comprehensive exploration of nonviolence.)

Sign up for Nonviolence News and receive updates on nonviolent struggles for climate justice and more.

Join Campaign Nonviolence’s Action Week this September

Civil Resistance Tactics for the 21st Century, by Michael Beer of Nonviolence International

This story was produced by Metta Center for Nonviolence

We provide educational resources on the safe and effective use of nonviolence, with the recognition that it’s not about putting the right person in power but awakening the right kind of power in people. We advance a higher image of humankind while empowering people to explore the question: How does nonviolence work, and how can I actively contribute to a happier, more peaceful society?

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