Ripper's film focuses on planetary climate change activism but also resonates with the love and vision fueling overlapping grassroots cross-border dialogue and action of people worldwide (Okinawa, Jeju Island, Guam) who are trying to save their sacred places, parks, and eco-systems from military, nuclear, and extraction industry destruction.
In "Love to the People," Nnimmo Bassey of Friends of the Earth International shares with filmmaker Velcrow Ripper at the 2010 World People’s Summit on Climate Change, in Cochabamba, Bolivia:
Love means respect for one another...In Bolivia, I see this as a big gift to humanity...In another episode in the film, "Love versus the G20," Judy Rebick explains that compassionate activism is about becoming conscious of and building affirmative relationships with each other, all life, and our planet:
The coming together of peoples from around the world, to sit down together to talk about their pains, to talk about their anxieties, to talk about their hopes and their feelings and dreams of a future.
These are the ingredients of a great love story, what we're doing for nature, for Mother Earth We are, together, telling ourselves to recall the memory of who we are and why we're here.
What we have to show the world is that we're here because we love the planet; we love the people on the planet, and we want to protect them from the forces of destruction...It will become a great love story if the people of the earth come together to change the system of greed and stand up against whatever pressure and intimidation there is. If we could find ways to express that and connect with each other, it would be the greatest love story ever told.Rebick, the author of Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political and founding publisher of the Canadian progressive news site rabble.ca cites indigenous peoples as emerging planetary leaders. Her June 15 blog post:
It is time to stop talking about what went wrong with the left that was so effective in the 20th century and identify the forces that are leading change in the 21st century. Primary among these, in my view, are indigenous peoples and movements.