Monday, 2 November 2015

Who's the Nana?

Nana Update after much interest in becoming 'Nanas' from all over:
UK Nanas have been journeying around the country, supporting local anti-fracking/unconventional energy groups... and at many of the venues, we have been meeting more and more 'Nanas'. Men and women who have decided that this is a way of campaigning/activism that works for them. We have been delighted to find that each is - by sheer nature of the name and outfit - very Nana-like and purposeful...

Initially, some of us fretted a little over how to sort the surge of interest in becoming Nanas; was there a need for a behaviour checklist or rules? Constitutions were mentioned, concerns over how it could all go wrong etc. Reality is, we cannot control something as lovely as people choosing to make or enrich their involvement in campaigning/activism - by being part of a 'Nana' thing. Those of us who were inspired to get involved first... were simply the start of something that is anybody's - and not our place to say who can or can't do anything.

...if anyone would like to be a NANA.. be it :)
Simply purchase or make a tabard/apron (many use YELLOW with BLACK to represent anti-fracking - but choice is yours) and act accordingly - with others in pairs, in groups or by starting a local group.

The word NANA makes it clear that the purpose is "care for our young and generations to come..." and that the rules are simply, what a perceived NANA would have ie:
-protect without violence, use every legal tool FIRST
-set an example
-consider what is self-defence and what is lawful - and choose using good conscience and a 'Nana ethic'

We describe ourselves as Nanas with the following text that is useful as an overview - please feel free to use this description if it works for your group:

Our 'Nana' status is not so much biological... more about a state of mind. We have young male and female Nanas who don't have children and all sorts. We wanted to protect our communities from the harmful effects that industries like fracking and other unconventional techniques would bring
...and we needed the media to stop categorising and labelling us as being: 'eco activists' or 'climate campaigners' etc. We are caring human beings first and foremost - we are informed and we do this because we are OBLIGED to future generations; to ensure they can rely on fresh air and clean water.

We ARE unstoppable, not because we're tough or riotous or expert - but because we are not CHOOSING activism, we are obligated to do this. How can any of us say it's ok to let dangerous industries go ahead - that the risks don't count anymore - that generations to come don't matter enough? That would be negligent and impossible.
For us... every exit door has an image of the struggles we will leave for the next generations on it and we can't get out, till we fulfill our obligation to the children to come.

The Nanashire​ PAGE is for Nanas and their supporters anywhere to keep up with what UK Nanas are up to... and Nanashire the Group​ is for those who identify as Nanas, to join and share.

We look forward to a wave of  tabards/aprons and Nana spirit across our green and pleasant lands <3 p="">