Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition

Unifying the voice of a generation in environmental solidarity

Daryl Hannah at CMU!

on April 19, 2013

 “Total systems collapse!  I’m going to say that again, total systems collapse.  I don’t know why everyone isn’t running around screaming ‘help! help!’ on the streets!”  -Daryl Hannah at CMU, 4/17/2013

While this statement may seem out of character for Hollywood stars, it certainly is right in line with Daryl Hannah’s lifestyle and beliefs.

I know because I had the pleasure of dining with Daryl Hannah this past Wednesday and listening to her engage in a conversation with my university community.  Her understanding of the interconnectedness of global struggles was refreshing and her fun demeanor was relaxing.  She spoke of everything from the failures of capitalism and the corporatized political system to the necessity of sustainability and environmental awareness and concern.

But Ms. Hannah doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk.  She spoke about her own lifestyle changes – including her (mostly) vegan diet, chemical-free lifestyle, and carbon-neutral home – to her experiences living in the trees to save a farm or standing in front of a bulldozer to block the construction of the Keystone XL.

A question was asked of Daryl: How can you get people who don’t seem so interested in these things to want to get involved?

Her answer?  Throw a better party.

If there’s one thing I learned from Daryl, it’s that our movement throws a better party.  Whether we’re dismantling oppressive infrastructure, creating media, building solutions, or educating others, we’re doing it with the best and most compassionate people around and that’s because our movement isn’t just about the “environment.”  It’s a movement about reigniting the instinct we have as beings to protect and love life.  It’s a movement so primal and so true, it’s impossible not to fall in love with it.

Daryl said that if given the choice between an apple that’s poisoned and an apple that’s pure, there isn’t one single person who would choose the former.  Our movement is simply drawing attention to this basic fact: we all want to live and we all want to thrive and the mode of operation of the current global systems is poisonous.  We cannot let it continue.

So folks, let’s get out there and throw a better party.




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