350.org at the pyramidsNow they’ve got another reason to cheer.Photo: 350.org

We rejoice with our brothers and sisters in Egypt at the news that Hosni Mubarak has resigned. Egypt has been a big part of the 350 movement from the very first video we ever did, which showed the 350 pennant floating from the pyramids.

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But we rejoice even more at the example they set for the rest of the world, and implicitly for those of us engaged in the climate fight. A real people’s movement — a massive, broad-based, honest movement that doesn’t focus on elites, but instead on the whole population — can move mountains. We’re very glad Hosni Mubarak trembled and ran today, and we hope that the fossil-fuel companies — who seem as strong today as Mubarak did a month ago — are feeling just the tiniest bit nervous.

People don’t rise up often, but when they do, their power is very real.

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